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. The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act protects a patient's right to see and get a copy of personal health records. In practice, though, formal records requests can take weeks to process and few patients take advantage of the option – but a growing movement is using technology to try to change that. According to OpenNotes, an organization based at BIDMC that advocates for routine patient access to medical notes, more than 27 million Americans now can see what doctors and nurses write about them. Proponents of open notes say access gives patients more ownership of their medical records — and therefore their health.
. A multidisciplinary research team led by Samir M. Parikh, MD, Nephrologist and Principal Investigator at BIDMC, has determined that vitamin B3 has the potential to prevent acute kidney injury. The findings, published in Nature Medicine, bring clinicians one step closer to an accessible and safe therapy for hospitalized patients who may be at risk.
. A recent study has identified a tumor biomarker – a protein called KIM-1 – that could be used to predict the onset of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) up to five before the disease is diagnosed. “The team also found that KIM-1 concentrations were associated with poorer survival,” said lead investigator Rupal Bhatt, MD, PhD, Medical Oncologist at BIDMC. “Further studies are needed, but a sensitive and specific tumor marker that can detect early stage RCC would have strong potential to improve overall survival.”
. Researchers at BIDMC have found that combining two antibiotics that no longer work can create a treatment that’s once again effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. “Faced with highly resistant pathogens, clinicians often currently treat with multiple antibiotics without knowing the benefit the combinations may provide,” said senior author of the study James Kirby, MD, Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at BIDMC. “This study now provides some scientific underpinning for these choices and direction for future investigation.”