The effect of psychotherapy on functional medical disorders

Functional somatic disorders are common and costly, thereby driving the need for the development of effective brief treatment options. Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy is one candidate treatment method. This study aimed to review and meta-analyze, where possible, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of psychodynamic psychotherapy for functional somatic disorders. Following a systematic search of the literature, a […]

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Short periods of intubation during surgery may damage the larynx just like longer ones

It’s widely known that patients who are intubated for five to six hours during lengthy surgeries are at greater risk for follow-up complications to the larynx (voice box) such as sore throat, difficulty swallowing and hoarseness. Now, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have shown that similar problems also may occur in patients intubated for a much […]

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Physician-led Spanish-speaking volunteers address health care inequities during a crisis

In a perspective published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Medicine, Office of Equity and Inclusion and Center for Diversity and Inclusion call for a more inclusive and culturally competent ap-proach to clinical care based on best practices developed during the COVID-19 surge in Massachusetts. Between […]

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Trophoblast motility in a gelatin hydrogel

Trophoblast cells, which surround the developing blastocyst in early pregnancy, play an important role in implantation in the uterine wall. A new multidimensional model of trophoblast motility that utilizes a functionalized hydrogel is described in the peer-reviewed journal Tissue Engineering, Part A. This valuable new tool, based on a methacrylamide-functionalized gelatin hydrogel, can be used […]

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