Patient Safety is now top-of-mind with everyone in a Massachusetts hospital.

Since patient safety was first brought to light in the 1990s, studies have shown a staggering number of patients have been harmed by preventable medical errors. These errors range from patient falls and medication errors, to data entry errors and hospital-acquired infections, to name a few. It is estimated that preventable medical errors lead to more than 200,000 US hospital…

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  • Maintaining a healthy body weight is now more challenging than ever.

    Up till now, it’s been easy to blame the relentless marketing from the fast food and beverage industry for America’s obesity epidemic. After all, we are surrounded by tasty temptations that cost very little — from sugary sodas and empty calorie snacks to highly-processed packaged foods. But a new study now sheds some light on this subject. Weight gain and…

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  • What are Advance Directives and why are they important?

    What are Advance Directives and why are they important? Advance directives are legal documents that specify your end of life wishes regarding your health care. Typically they include a living will and a medical power of attorney (or health care proxy). Laws about them vary from state to state. These legal documents are not just for the elderly or very…

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  • There is no link between the measles vaccine and autism.

    A few months ago, there were more reported cases of measles than you’d see during an entire typical year, says Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. She went on to say during a CDC tele-briefing: "This is not a problem with the measles…

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  • It’s a bird – it’s a plane – it’s an ambulance drone!

    During one of the morning news shows, I saw a story about an innovative new use for a drone — one that could potentially save lives in the not so distant future. For his master’s degree project, a Dutch graduate student named Alec Momont has designed what’s being called an “ambulance drone.” A little background: Out of the 400,000 heart…

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  • Are you beyond pink power?

      What have all these pink power products and promotions done for those folks living with and at risk of breast cancer? Years ago, the awareness efforts were about empowering women to make educated health choices while providing them with accurate information. The higher goal was to find a cure for breast cancer, reduce incidence and save lives. But now…

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  • Is it a “senior moment” or something more serious, like dementia?

    For those of us baby boomers that are beginning to wonder if our forgetfulness could be a sign of a bigger problem, take this to heart from a Harvard Health Publications article titled "Is It Forgetfulness or Dementia? “ A certain increase in forgetfulness seems to be a normal byproduct of aging and is perhaps a result of changes in…

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