For Burn Victims and Patients Awaiting Organs, Hope in Animal Cells
An unexpected source—pig skin—could be the key to treating burn victims, and may hold the key to addressing the shortage of transplantable organs. In a trial at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), burn specialists were the world’s first to use live-cell, genetically engineered pig skin to temporarily close a burn wound in a human patient.
A Case for the Health Care Proxy
For a seriously ill patient without a health care proxy agent—an individual legally permitted to make decisions for a patient who is incapacitated—their condition can be not only painful for family members, but logistically untenable.
Research Reveals Heart Disease Risk Is Often Relative
At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, new research on the genetic roots of some inherited forms of heart disease is helping physicians to better target cardiovascular care with a family-centered approach.
Applying AI to Point-of-Care Diagnosis
Much of medicine has changed since the portable ultrasound expanded point-of-care diagnostics with its introduction 20 years ago. Now, Partners HealthCare’s MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science has aligned with FUJIFILM SonoSite to apply one of those advances.
Partners Expertise, from Boston to Navajo Nation: The Brigham Outreach Program
Suboxone management for opioid patients. The latest in oral alternatives for diabetes. Liver-sparing medications to treat alcohol addiction. These are just a few of the life-saving lessons Chandima Deegala, B.S., PharmD, NCPS-PP, CTTS, will take back to Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico.
Machine Learning Sheds Light on the Microbiome
As data availability, technology advances, and increasingly sophisticated algorithms have brought expanded applications of artificial intelligence (AI) to the fore, modern medicine has become increasingly adept at putting machine learning into practice. Among the many AI-driven precision medicine research projects is one aimed at C. difficile.