Food allergy in non-food items

By DR. JOHN LEUNG AND REBECCA STANSKI, TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER Although an allergic reaction is usually due to contact or accidentally eating the food, there are non-food items that can contain food ingredients that can cause an allergic reaction. These include cosmetics, lotions, medications and more. Why is there food in medications? Excipients are all substances found in medications other than the active ingredient(s). They are added to aid the manufacturing process, to enhance the stability of the product, or to make the product more appealing to the patient. Sometimes excipients come from foods, which can potentially be dangerous for … Continue reading

Tufts University Unveils Plans for New Medical Research Laboratory to Focus on Tuberculosis

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Tufts University on May 16 announced that it will seek approval from the Boston Public Health Commission to build a 1,700 square foot biosafety level 3 research laboratory within its School of Medicine’s existing Biomedical Research and Public Health Building at 136 Harrison Avenue. The Arnold 8 Biosafety Laboratory will enable Tufts researchers to find new ways to detect, prevent and treat serious infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, for which treatments exist but for which new therapeutics are needed. Continue reading

The Special Medical Edition

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The Sampan’s special medical edition is out on stands now! As part of the newspaper’s ongoing efforts to provide the Asian American community with health and healthcare information, this edition covers all three of the Sampan’s areas of concern: Obesity, Diabetes and Smoking Cessation. In addition to information on quitting smoking, eating a better diet and new diabetes research, a few of Sampan’s columnists have written informative pieces on their areas of expertise and links to healthcare. We hope you find the Sampan’s medical edition useful! Click on the sections you’d like to look at!

Officials from Joplin, Missouri hospital to speak about recovery from 2011 tornado

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A leadership team from Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., is coming to Tufts Medical Center to speak about Emergency Management — response, recovery, and rebuilding — and share their powerful story of how, in May of 2011, their hospital was completely destroyed by one of the deadliest tornadoes in United States history. The tornado resulted in over 160 fatalities, injured hundreds more, and left nearly a third of the city of Joplin in ruins. This will be the Joplin leadership group’s only New England speaking appearance. The session will be open to the media, in addition to other hospitals throughout New England, Boston first responder agencies, and state-wide Emergency Management, EMS, Fire, and Law Enforcement personnel. Continue reading