Shape the Future of Medicine: Cast Your Vote

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital August 13, 2015

Two compelling competitions to advance medical innovation the BRIght Futures Prize and Stepping Strong Innovator Awards – are currently under way at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and you can help determine the winner.

BRIght Futures Prize

The BRIght Futures Prize supports BWH investigators as they work to answer provocative questions or solve vexing problems in medicine. This year’s BRIght Futures Prize finalists – Christopher Fanta, MD, from the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the BWH Lung Center; Wilfred Ngwa, PhD, from the Department of Radiation Oncology; and William Savage MD, PhD, from the Department of Pathology  are pursuing forward-thinking and inventive research to improve patient care. Each of the three finalists hopes to receive the $100,000 BRIght Futures Prize, which will be awarded at Discover Brigham on Oct. 7, 2015. Discover Brigham, highlights the cutting-edge biomedical investigations of more than 3,000 researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

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New Approaches for Patients with Severe Asthma

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital March 12, 2015

Asthma is one of the most common chronic respiratory diseases in the United States.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic respiratory diseases in the United States. Most people with asthma do very well with current medications, but there are some patients who struggle despite taking these medications.

In this video, Dr. Christopher H. Fanta, Director of the Partners Asthma Center and a member of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, discusses novel approaches to treatment of patients with severe asthma. These approaches include biologic therapy and an outpatient procedure called bronchial thermoplasty.

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Asthma and Bone Health: What’s the Connection?

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital May 9, 2013

Corticosteroids, if taken regularly, can have major effects on the bones.

Today’s post was written by Dr. Christopher Fanta, a pulmonologist, and Dr. David Sloane, an allergist, both physicians at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Partners Healthcare Asthma Center. The post originally appeared on the Partners Asthma Center’s Asthma Blog.

Asthma is a disease of the lungs, not the bones. So what’s the connection? The most important connection relates to the anti-inflammatory steroids (corticosteroids) used to treat asthma. Corticosteroids, if taken regularly or for many months of the year, can have major effects on the bones. This is especially true of steroids taken orally. In children, they can impair bone growth, leading to lesser height as an adult. In adults, steroids can decrease bone mass and predispose them to osteoporosis, a thinning of the bones. Osteoporosis can put you at risk for fractures, sometimes with minimal or no trauma. It can cause vertebrae in your back to collapse in on themselves (vertebral compression fractures), ribs to break with coughing or twisting, and hips to break when you fall.

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