The genitourinary symptoms associated with menopause can have a profound impact on the lives of women who experience them. Reliable data on the prevalence of these symptoms and their impact on quality of life has traditionally been unavailable because there was no simple, validated measure to assess the problem.
A 2012 Mass General community survey identified substance use as the most important issue faced in communities served by the hospital. The Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Initiative was formed in response to this result to provide comprehensive continuity of care for substance use patients across settings.
Stopping cannabis use can have a measurable effect on memory in adolescents and young adults. Effects on memory were observed within the first 30 days of abstinence from cannabis for the first time. The study is one of the first of its kind to prospectively detect and track changes in cognitive function over time associated with cannabis use.
We are in an era of rapid transformation in science, medicine and health care. And while women take the lead on many health care decisions, for decades most public conversations in medicine, health science and research have been dominated by men.
We're here to introduce you to the women behind the most significant innovations in health care today. They spend their days breaking boundaries at the bedside, behind the lab bench and from administrative posts. They are building better diagnostic t...
Expect to spend much of your first appointment reviewing your medical history and any prior treatment with your doctor. This visit can be overwhelming, but it is important that your care team understands you and your partner, your health and any questions or concerns that you have. You can expect a couple of standard next steps....
“How much does IVF cost?” is a common question. This can be difficult to answer, because the amount billed to you can vary greatly depending on the state you live in and the coverage offered by your employer or insurance. We make every effort at the Mass General Fertility Center to make care as affordable as possible. Read on to better understand IVF costs at Mass General and insurance coverage for fertility services.
Though previous research found the anesthetic drug ketamine to be effective in relieving symptoms of treatment-resistant depression, an optimal dosage had not been identified
New research identified two subanesthetic ketamine dosage levels that appear to provide significant symptom relief for treatment-resistance depression
Study participants who received ketamine had significantly greater symptom improvement compared to those in the control group
Treatment-resistant depression has become a m...
Confronting the Opioid Epidemic in the OB/GYN Practice: Optimizing Prescribing Habits and Reducing Opioid Misuse
This thought leadership piece is a part of the OB/GYN Advances series that I manage. Bimonthly emails are sent to OB/GYN doctors around the country. This piece was created in collaboration with the department's chief.
"IN THIS ARTICLE: Optimized prescribing practices help reduce the amount of opioids available • Improved disposal practices play an important role in reducing the availability of prescription opioids and their abuse • Alternatives to opioids for pain relief are being investigated"
This infographic was created to be used as part of a patient education campaign on social media.
"Infertility is complex, and it can't always be explained. However, these simple behavioral changes from the Mass General Fertility Center can help improve your fertility, no matter your gender."
This patient education piece was created to be used as a part of a social media campaign to raise awareness of Mass General's Fertility Center.
"You might think of infertility as a problem faced mostly by women, but fertility problems are quite common for both men and women. And because fertility is complex, these problems can be difficult to diagnose no matter your gender. Confronting infertility can be scary, confusing and stressful, but it’s helpful to learn more about what you can expect during treatment."
The trend toward marijuana legalization in the United States signals a related decrease in the perceived harm of use. Randi Schuster, PhD, a fellow at the Center for Addiction Medicine, says this is cause for concern: “This decrease in harm perception, which is currently at its lowest point in the last 40 years, often precedes an increase in use.”
This patient education piece was created as a response to the 2016 presidential election, when online searches for IUDs and other long-acting contraceptives skyrocketed.
"Women today have many safe and effective options when it comes to choosing a method of birth control. From methods that require regular attention like condoms, the pill, patches and vaginal rings, to longer-lasting methods like birth control implants, hormonal injections, IUDs and permanent sterilization, the contraception landscape can be a little daunting. "
Personal blog post.
"Popovers are the American version of a much more commonly eaten British dish—Yorkshire Pudding (which is not, in fact, any sort of pudding as we Americans know pudding...confusing, right?). Yorkshire pudding, however, is usually cooked as one large pastry, rather than the smaller, muffin-sized pastries typical of popovers, and is commonly eaten with meat dishes like a Sunday roast."
This news article was created after a presentation given at the hospital.
"Millions of Americans struggle with substance use disorders, but only about 10% of individuals with addiction actually receive some form of treatment. According to John F. Kelly, PhD, Associate Director of Mass General’s Center for Addiction Medicine, a key step to recovery for many individuals is overcoming the cultural stigma around addiction."
This patient education page was created as a response to the Zika epidemic and discusses the risks associated with the virus, specifically for OB patients.
"While the symptoms experienced by an expectant mother who contracts Zika may be mild, she can transmit the virus to the baby, which is cause for greater concern. Recent research by the CDC has found that there is sufficient evidence to conclude that contracting Zika during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, such as microcephaly and other brain defects, along with eye abnormalities leading to blindness."