Select Our Next BRIght Futures Prize Winner!

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital October 14, 2016

Would you like to choose the direction of medical research? Select our next BRIght Futures Prize winner! The BRIght Futures Prizes support investigators across the Brigham Research Institute (BRI) as they work to answer challenging questions and solve grand problems in medicine. This year’s finalists, all Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers and clinicians, were selected through a rigorous two-step scientific review process. Their projects include an innovative home hospital concept, a new way to predict and treat Alzheimer’s disease, and a novel ultrasound device for ulcerative colitis.

Your vote will help decide which of this year’s three finalists will receive the $100,000 research prize. To participate, watch the video below, read the Q&A with the finalists, and then cast your vote. The winner will be announced on November 10, 2016 at Discover Brigham. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend!

 

 

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Drug Allergies – When Medication Can Make You Sick

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital August 18, 2015

Drug allergies can lead to hives, respiratory problems, and swelling.

On October 7, 2015, the public is invited to Discover Brigham, an event that will highlight the cutting-edge biomedical investigations of more than 3,000 researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Topics include advances in sleep medicine, trauma care, surgery, and more. Today’s blog post previews the session on drug allergies.

Most of us can successfully take medications without problems. In some cases, however, our immune system reacts as if the drug is a threat, causing symptoms that may force us to discontinue treatment or avoid certain medications.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the most frequent types of allergic reactions to medications are skin rashes (particularly hives), itching, respiratory problems, and swelling, such as in the face. Anaphylaxis, a particularly severe allergic response, can be fatal if untreated.

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