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Treating TBM: BIDMC Surgeons Provide Rare Expertise for Chronic Lung Condition

If you’ve had a chest cold, you know how frustrating a bad cough can be – especially when it lingers for days or weeks.  Sometimes it can be hard to catch your breath or even carry on a conversation. But for Sandra Rocha, a chronic cough didn’t just last for days.  Her debilitating cough lasted

First Cold of the Season or Fall Allergies?

The leaves are changing, the weather has turned cool and just like clockwork you’re sneezing, sniffling and constantly feeling the need to blow your nose. So is it a cold or fall allergies? Graham Snyder, MD, in the Division of Infectious Disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has tips for telling the difference and

5 Tips for Protecting Your Lungs in the Cold Weather

The leaves are changing color, Halloween decorations are going up, sweater season is here (almost)… soon cold weather will be upon us. Doctors see more patients in the cold weather seasons for coughs and other respiratory issues than any other season.  There are several explanations for that. “Although physicians and researchers are still trying to

Talking About Women’s Intimate Health Can Improve Your Life

Karen Perry was caught off-guard when she started experiencing gynecologic issues that she thought only happened to “older” women.  Two years ago at 43 years old, Karen developed stress urinary incontinence and poor lubrication in the vaginal walls. Not feeling comfortable enough to discuss it with her primary care physician or OB/GYN, she kept it

New Treatments for Menopause Symptoms

Depending on your age, you may be preparing for it. Or it may have already passed you by. It can be accompanied by several symptoms, or you may not notice many changes at all. But if you’re a woman, your body is expected to go through it. It’s menopause. Historically, women have been known to

Five Health Tips for Young Women

These tips are presented by Aisling Lydeard, WHNP from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.   What is the HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccine and why should you get one?  The HPV vaccine is the only vaccine known to protect against cancer including cervical, vulva, vaginal, penile and oropharyngeal cancers. HPV

Keeping Food Safe in the Summer Heat

Summertime is picnic time. It’s also barbeque time, camping time and eating s’mores in the backyard beneath the moon and stars time. But this combination of warm weather and outdoor fun can also be an opportunity for foodborne bacteria to thrive. Where foods heat up with the warmth of summer, bacteria have ideal conditions to

Reduce Infection Risks While Swimming

What’s better on a hot summer day than a dip in the pool, pond or ocean? It’s part of what makes this time of year special. Mary LaSalvia, MD, Clinical Director of BIDMC’s Division of Infectious Diseases, has shared some healthy swimming advice to help keep your hot weather recreation plans afloat this summer. As

An ER Doctor’s Field Guide to Dangerous Wildlife of New England

Life is good here in New England. We’re lucky to have world-class health care, great sports teams, four distinct seasons and lots of parks, conservation land and outdoor recreation spaces to enjoy. But every silver lining has a cloud, and that cloud raining on our otherwise quaint, colonial parade happens to be a few troublesome

How Stress Can Affect Your Body

Stress can be triggered by pressures in everyday life, such as work, kids or your job, or by more traumatic events like divorce or an illness.  If not addressed early, stress can have an effect on almost all areas of your body, both physically and mentally. Click through this slideshow to see if you might