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Pediatric Family Advisory Board is Active in Community Events

The Pediatric Family Advisory Board (FAB) was launched in 2017 with the goal of fostering parent, child and professional partnerships to better meet the needs of families receiving care at Boston Medical Center. Catalyzed by the success of the 2017 Healthy Holidays Fair, the 11 member board continues to seek opportunities to engage with the larger BMC community. This fall, the Family Advisory Board actively participated in two events to spread the word about their work and promote health and wellness amongst families at BMC and the Boston community.

Families Visiting BMC from Across the State to Receive Care: Center Maps Pediatric Patient Panel

The vision of the Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family at Boston Medical Center is that all children have an equal opportunity: to be healthy; to be ready to learn; and to achieve their full potential. The Center will achieve health equity by building the Pediatric Practice of the Future. Building the Pediatric Practice of the Future will require fundamental systems change—creating and scaling novel health delivery approaches, and working with families, inter-disciplinary colleagues, communities and other family-serving sectors.

EASE Clinic Forging New Relationships with Schools and Families

School success is closely tied with positive outcomes for children. However, pediatricians may not have time or adequate training to advocate for Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for children who might benefit or for plans with maximal supportive services to allow children to grow.

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Quarterly E-News: December 2018

Breakthrough treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea now offered at BMC

Breakthrough treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea now offered at BMC


If you or a loved one suffers from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) you know how difficult it can be to manage. On top of the serious health risks associated with OSA, like weight gain, high blood pressure, and increased risk of stroke – the excessive daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, and mood swings are no fun, either. Today, more than 18 million American’s currently suffer from this condition. While the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine – or CPAP – is a common device used for treatment, studies have shown that approximately half of people who use CPAP, eventually stop.

Luckily, patients at Boston Medical Center have a new option to manage their OSA. Inspire® therapy is an FDA-approved, breakthrough treatment that can bring relief to those unable to use CPAP. This minimally invasive, implantable device stimulates the nerves of the tongue muscle, keeping the airway open during sleep. The device is the size of a quarter and implanted just beneath the skin of the chest. The procedure is quick, simple, and most patients return home that same day. When it’s time for bed, the patient turns Inspire® on with a small remote, and their breathing is monitored throughout the duration of sleep.

Is Inspire® therapy right for you? You may be a candidate if you:

  • have moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP
  • are over the age of 22
  • are not significantly overweight

To learn more about this breakthrough treatment, visit bmc.org/oto, or call 617.414.5105.

Listen in as Dr. Cohen discusses symptoms of OSA, and this new groundbreaking therapy to help.

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