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Anonymous essay exposes scandalous doctor behavior / Real-world application of statin recommendations

1. Anonymous essay exposes scandalous doctor behavior An anonymous and provocative essay published in Annals of Internal Medicine exposes the dark underbelly of medicine where doctors displayed stomach-churning disrespect for vulnerable patients. The author describes teaching a medical humanities course to senior medical students and asking, “Do any of you have someone to forgive from [...]

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess examine the impact of OpenNotes on patient safety

Patient engagement through reading visit notes holds promise Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) are homing in on the potential benefits of allowing patients access to the notes their clinicians write after a visit. An article published in the August edition of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety suggests that [...]

Research provides strong link between delirium and inflammation in older patients

Study of post-surgical patients shows elevated levels of inflammatory cytokines are strongly associated with delirium Delirium is an acute state of confusion that often affects older adults following surgery or serious illness. Now a study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) confirms that inflammation – an immune response that develops when [...]

New antibody treats traumatic brain injury and prevents long-term neurodegeneration

Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center discover how TBI leads to Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy New research led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) provides the first direct evidence linking traumatic brain injury to Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — and offers the potential for early intervention [...]

Study shows novel HIV vaccine regimen provides robust protection in non-human primates

A new study led by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) shows that an HIV-1 vaccine regimen, involving a viral vector boosted with a purified envelope protein, provided complete protection in half of the vaccinated non-human primates (NHPs) against a series of six repeated challenges with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a virus similar [...]