Boston Medical Center Press Releases
The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center Acquires Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence Newsletter
The Multiple Sclerosis Center at Boston Medical Center Recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National MS Society
Bridge Clinic Model for Methadone Initiation Leads to High Linkage and Retention in Opioid TreatmentBOSTON – According to a new study from Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction, methadone administration for opioid withdrawal with direct opioid treatment program admission under the “72-hour rule” is possible in an outpatient bridge clinic and resulted in a high number of completed referrals to opioid treatment programs, along with high one-month retention rates. The findings in Drug and Alcohol Dependence show that a hospital-based bridge clinic model of care has the potential to improve methadone access amid the highest rates of opioid overdose death in U.S. history.
Inflammation markers associated with COVID-19 during pregnancy may signal adverse impacts to long-term infant healthBOSTON – New research results demonstrate how inflammation from a COVID-19 infection during pregnancy could potentially impact long-term infant health, including infant growth and brain development. Published in the Journal of Perinatology, a new study from Boston Medical Center describes how infants of mothers who had a COVID-19 infection during pregnancy had significant elevations in inflammatory blood markers, also known as cytokines, at the time of delivery.
Surgeon and Anesthesiologist Satisfaction Found to be an Unreliable Indicator of Patient Satisfaction during Ocular Surgery
Antibody function antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) may help prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child during breastfeedingBOSTON – According to new research from Boston Medical Center, the antibody function known as antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and the ADCC sensitivity of HIV strains may influence the transmission of HIV from mother to child during breastfeeding. These data imply that enhancing ADCC, through a vaccine, for example, may not be sufficient to prevent transmission because chronically infected individuals can harbor ADCC-resistant strains. Published in JCI Insight, the findings provide novel insights about immunologic characteristics that a vaccine may need to elicit to help block HIV transmission.
Integrating Behavioral Health in Community-Based Primary Care Improves Access and Treatment for Racially and Ethnically Diverse ChildrenBOSTON - New research led by Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Public Health found that a model of integrating behavioral health care into pediatric primary care at federally qualified health centers resulted in greater access, more timely care, and higher diagnostic rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for children. These results, published in Pediatrics, demonstrate the role that federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) can have in improving equitable care for children of all ages, especially racially and ethnically marginalized children who are more likely to access care at FQHCs.
Post-Acute Care Facilities in Northeast Disproportionally Reject Patients with Opioid Use Disorder Despite Federal and State GuidelinesBOSTON – Patients hospitalized with opioid use disorder (OUD) are rejected more than twice as often as patients without OUD when they are referred for placement to a post-acute care facility for continuing care, such as a skilled nursing or sub-acute nursing facility, a new study from Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction has found.
Researchers Call for Better Management of Long-Term Heart Disease Risk Following Complicated PregnanciesBOSTON – Researchers at Boston Medical Center have created a new resource for managing long-term heart disease risk after specific pregnancy complications. Heart disease risk is revealed by several common pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia and preterm delivery. The year following pregnancy is an important time to identify individuals at increased risk for future heart disease, provide counseling, and begin preventive care. However, clinicians lack a single source of comprehensive guidance for managing these risks.