The blog team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is wrapping up 2013 with a selection of our most popular posts.  We’d also love to hear from you – what blog topics would you like to see in 2014?

We wish you a safe, happy New Year and thank you for your support.


Face Transplant Recipient Focuses on Her Gifts

Carmen Tarleton, got a new start on life when she became the fifth BWH patient to receive a face transplant. A team of more than 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and others worked for 15 hours to complete the surgery. Carmen’s story demonstrates how the generosity of neighbors, friends, and strangers can restore hope and healing.


Morning Heart Attacks: Blame It on Your Body Clock

Have you ever wondered why most heart attacks occur in the morning?  According to recent research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Oregon Health & Science University, you can probably place some of the blame on your body clock which drives day/night variations in a protein known to be a risk factor for heart attacks and ischemic strokes.


Tips for Preventing Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is spread through the bite of ticks infected with certain bacteria.  Lyme disease is a year-round problem that can cause rash, flu-like symptoms or more serious conditions such as joint pain and neurological problems. Dr. Donald B. Levy of the BWH Osher Center for Integrative Medicine explains how to prevent tick exposure and what to do if you are bitten by a tick.


The Gentle Cesarean – A New Option for Moms-to-Be

Any woman who has had a traditional cesarean section, or C-section, can tell you that the mechanics of the surgical procedure can distract from the celebration of welcoming your new baby.  Doctors and nurses at the BWH Center for Labor and Birth have developed new procedures to make cesarean deliveries as natural as possible.


Pelvic Organ Prolapse:  Common but Misunderstood

Pelvic organ prolapse, which develops due to weakening of the connective tissue, muscles, and nerves that form the pelvic floor, is more common than most women believe. Though pelvic organ prolapse rarely threatens your health, it can cause discomfort and interfere with your ability to do many things. Our urogynecologists explain treatment options that can restore the quality of your life.


A New Heart – Restoring One Life, Inspiring Another

Despite being born with congenital heart disease, doctors were able to effectively manage Brad Biscornet’s condition for many years. However, during his early 30s Brad’s condition worsened and complications intensified.  A new heart saved his life and helped him become a father.


Myths and Facts about Low Back Pain

There is a good chance that you will experience low back pain at some point during your life. You may be tempted to search the Internet for help.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation available online.  Dr. Donald Levy and chiropractor Matthew Kowalski of the BWH Osher Center  for Integrative Medicine distinguish the myths and facts about low back pain.


Women’s Sleep across a Lifetime

Juggling numerous roles, combined with hormonal changes due to menarche, menopause, and pregnancy, as well as other health conditions, can affect a woman’s ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.  Despite these challenges, Dr. Sandra Horowitz, a BWH sleep specialist, offers advice on how women of all ages can get a good night’s sleep.


Mindfulness Meditation Helps Fibromyalgia Patients

Mindfulness meditation is a state of awareness in which one remains non-judgmental and non-reactive towards one’s own thoughts and emotions from moment to moment. Research indicates it may lead to changes in the brain that provide health benefits, particularly for people suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic pain syndrome.


That Headache May Be a Pain in the Neck

There are numerous causes of headaches and often, the exact mechanism cannot be identified.  One very common cause of tension headaches is rooted in the neck, resulting from muscle tension and trigger points.  Learn what you can do to relieve tension headache pain before reaching for a pain relief medication.

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