Partners HealthCare News

Innovation Discovery Grant

January 22, 2016

PARTNERS INNOVATION DEVELOPMENT GRANTS PROGRAMProgram Guidelines – 2016 Program Cycle BACKGROUND AND PURPOSEThe Innovation Discovery Grants (IDG) program aims to enhance the commercial outcomes of the Partners HealthCare community and to increase its innovative potential. It is designed to stimulate new inventive concepts, identify areas of commercially significant scientific strength, and accelerate commercialization of Partners…

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Deseret News heroes of 2015: 7 people who made a difference this year

January 8, 2016

Most heroes don’t think of themselves as extraordinary people. If you were to ask any of the people on this list if they think of themselves as heroes, they’d probably say no. What they all have in common, however, is a desire to make a difference. Most heroes don’t think of themselves as extraordinary people.…

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Better results offset costs of prostate surgery at specialty centers

January 8, 2016

Men who get prostate cancer surgery at hospitals that do a lot of these procedures may have better results, and those better outcomes might help offset the added cost of care at specialized facilities, a U.S. study suggests. Plenty of evidence for prostate cancer and a host of other medical conditions links the best outcomes…

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Study sparks optimism for ovarian-cancer test developed at MGH

January 8, 2016

It took nearly two decades, but a little known research project at Massachusetts General Hospital is shaping up as a potentially powerful weapon in the fight against ovarian cancer. The results from a 15-year study conducted by the University College London appear to be the most-promising signs yet that a locally developed technology can catch…

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Influenza vaccination rates vary widely in patients with HF

January 8, 2016

Influenza vaccination rates varied widely, especially by country, among patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction enrolled in the PARADIGM-HF trial. Vaccination in this population was associated with a reduced mortality risk, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure. In the PARADIGM-HF trial, researchers compared valsartan/sacubitril (Entresto, Novartis) to…

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Game-Changing Advances in Cardiology in 2015: ABSORB and TAVR

January 8, 2016

Bioresorbable and biodegradable technology in stents along with iterative improvements in TAVR rounded out the top five “game-changers” in cardiology in 2015. Forty-six cardiologists responded to the question: “What is the research reported in 2015 that had the greatest impact on clinical practice,” and based on their responses here are the top five: 1. SPRINT…

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The cutting edge on display at RSNA

January 8, 2016

3D printing is one of the hottest topics in healthcare, and the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is the premier showcase of the top tech trends in radiology. It follows, then, that 3D printing would be a big draw at RSNA’s show in Chicago, and attendees were certainly not disappointed.…

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Forgot Something Again? It's Probably Just Normal Aging

January 8, 2016

Losing your ability to think and remember is pretty scary. We know the risk of dementia increases with age. But if you have memory lapses, you probably needn’t worry. There are pretty clear differences between signs of dementia and age-related memory loss. After age 50, it’s quite common to have trouble remembering the names of…

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Harvard's Kevin Staley honored with AES Research Recognition Award for Basic Science

January 8, 2016

The American Epilepsy Society (AES) announces that Kevin Staley, M.D., professor of child neurology and mental retardation at Harvard Medical School and chief of pediatric neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is being honored with the AES Research Recognition Award for Basic Science at the Society’s 69th annual meeting in Philadelphia. Staley and his team’s work…

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Four MIT faculty named 2015 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

January 8, 2016

Four MIT faculty members have been named 2015 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI): Angela M. Belcher is the James Mason Crafts Professor Department of Material Science and Engineering and Department of Biological Engineering in the School of Engineering and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Her lab seeks…

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Empirical Treatment More Cost-Effective for Onychomycosis

January 8, 2016

For patients with suspected onychomycosis, empirical treatment with terbinafine is more cost-effective than confirmatory testing, according to a study published online Dec. 23 in JAMA Dermatology. Anar Mikailov, M.D., from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues examined the cost and potential harm associated with three approaches to onychomycosis evaluation before oral terbinafine or…

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Study suggests that annual CA125 screening may reduce ovarian cancer deaths

January 8, 2016

Initial results from the world’s largest ovarian cancer screening trial suggest that tracking levels of a cancer-associated protein over time may help reduce ovarian cancer deaths by as much as 20 percent. Results of the 14-year study, led by investigators at University College London (UCL), are being published online in The Lancet. The U.K. Collaborative…

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A Brigham and Women’s doctor is using tiny drones to target cancer

January 8, 2016

Drones are increasingly being used in innovative ways—from responding to train derailments to documenting fall foliage. They’ve even made it into the fight against cancer—though on a much, much smaller scale. Dr. Wilfred Ngwa, a medical physicist in radiation oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is working to apply drone technology to cancer treatment. Ngwa…

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Colon Cancer: Virtual Colonoscopy Just As Effective, And Can Increase Screenings

January 8, 2016

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States, according to American Cancer Society. Screenings are highly recommended for early detection, but many people dread these uncomfortable procedures which often involve inserting a tube in the rectum. New research published in JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer…

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A lesson in love, faith and fighting

January 8, 2016

On Nov. 20, 2015, we lost one of our beloved warriors, Betty Lou Heath, but her story, unselfishly told to me by her beloved husband Kenneth, is a gift to all warriors that will live on. In 1997, Betty Lou Heath was working at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Talk about dedication: For 17…

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Letters:Thanks to Powder Puff Team

January 8, 2016

Our family would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude to the Danvers High School Powder Puff Senior Girls Football Team for their generous contribution to the Adele McKinnon Fund for Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Screening. The Danvers High senior girls opposed the Danvers High junior girls in the game played on Friday, Oct. 23.…

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