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Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

Can a woman get breast cancer if there’s no history of it in her family? Is pain the most common symptom of breast cancer? Is mastectomy a more effective treatment option than lumpectomy? Ted James, MD, Chief of Breast Surgical Oncology and Co-Director of the BreastCare Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, discusses six common

Breast Health: What to Do if You Find a Lump

Finding a lump in your breast can be unsettling. But, the good news about breast lumps is that they’re often benign (i.e., not cancerous). Nevertheless, it is something that needs to be taken very seriously. “It’s important to see your doctor right away to rule out anything serious,” said Ted James, MD, Chief of Breast

When Is it Time to Get a Mammogram?

Mammography is the most effective method of early detection of breast cancer, helping to diagnose disease at an early stage when treatment is most successful. By using low-energy X-rays, physicians are able to screen for and diagnose abnormalities in the breast tissue. Screening mammography (looks for changes in the breast versus diagnostic mammography which is

How to Avoid Migraine Triggers

If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know it’s different from a typical tension headache. A migraine is a type of headache that comes with its own set of symptoms like nausea, sensitivity to light, sound or smells, extreme fatigue or dizziness. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, approximately 12% of people in the U.S.

Treating Chronic Pain With Integrative Therapies

Can meditation help with chronic pain? What about yoga or acupuncture? “We have quite good evidence to support the use of integrative therapies, in addition to some traditional therapies, to manage chronic pain, says Aditi Nerurkar, MD, Medical Director of the CHENG-TSUI Integrated Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. BIDMC has developed an integrative model where

Don’t Back Down from Back Pain

BIDMC back pain specialist Jatinder Gill, MD, explains how an active lifestyle can help prevent or eliminate back pain. Carrying heavy shopping bags, sitting at a computer for several hours, slipping on the sidewalk on a rainy day… back pain can come on suddenly.  Your first instinct when you feel back pain may be to

Non-surgical Treatments for Arthritis

Pain, swelling and limited mobility are all common symptoms of arthritis. But these limitations don’t have to get you down—there are many treatment options to help you get back to your favorite activities, and not all include surgery. When you visit the Hip and Knee Arthritis Center at BIDMC, our multidisciplinary team will work with

Staying Active After Joint Replacement Surgery

For many, a hip or knee replacement is the ticket to a more active lifestyle. Once you’ve recovered, you can often return to many activities that previously caused you pain. The sooner you undergo the surgery, the sooner you’ll be on the road to recovery. Feeling hesitant to return to physical activity after any major

Hip and Knee Replacement – No Longer Your Grandfather’s Surgery

When you think of the typical patient having a hip or knee replacement, do you see a 75-year-old with limited mobility, perhaps needing the assistance of a walker or cane?  Well, it’s time to change your perception. Today more and more people in their 40s, 50s and 60s are getting their hips and knees replaced.

New Blood Pressure Guidelines – What Does it Mean for Your Health?

“Your blood pressure is normal.” You may have heard your doctor or nurse say it. But what is normal? New blood pressure guidelines were recently released by an American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task force.  The goal was to update the prior guidelines released in 2003 by the Joint National Commission on Prevention, Detection,