vendredi 29 juillet 2016

Former Medicare Chief Berwick Backs Clinton's 'Medicare For More'

Former Medicare Chief Berwick Backs Clinton's 'Medicare For More'
Dr. Donald Berwick, a former Democratic candidate for governor of Massachusetts, assesses Hillary Clinton's proposal to allow Americans to opt in to Medicare beginning at age 55.

Uncannily Youthful At 67, He Embodies Antidote To Bummer 'Biggest Loser' Study

Uncannily Youthful At 67, He Embodies Antidote To Bummer 'Biggest Loser' Study
Professor Wayne Westcott offers an uplifting antidote to the news that the TV show's contestants tend to gain back all the weight and burn fewer calories.

How Many Stars For Your Hospital? The Pros And Cons Of New Medicare Hospital Ratings

How Many Stars For Your Hospital? The Pros And Cons Of New Medicare Hospital Ratings
The rating is based on 64 measures including patient-reported hospital cleanliness, infection rates, how often Medicare patients are readmitted for heart failure and how often those with pneumonia die.

jeudi 28 juillet 2016

Gov. Baker Vetoes Lyme Disease Mandate Bill, Proposes 'Listening Session'

Gov. Baker Vetoes Lyme Disease Mandate Bill, Proposes 'Listening Session'
Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes a bill that would have mandated health insurance coverage for long-term antibiotics for Lyme disease, and proposes an alternative.

Big Bucks For Boston-Based Incubator To Speed Fight Against Superbugs

Big Bucks For Boston-Based Incubator To Speed Fight Against Superbugs
A "Shark Tank"-like incubator, based in Boston, aims to speed up the development of new antibiotics and other weapons against superbugs.

mercredi 27 juillet 2016

Study Finds More Chemical Causes For Concern In E-Cigarette Vapor

Study Finds More Chemical Causes For Concern In E-Cigarette Vapor
A study finds two probable carcinogens in e-cigarettes, at levels that vary depending on the heat and age (and gunk level) of the device.

mardi 26 juillet 2016

Mouse Study Links Gut Bugs And Alzheimer's Disease

Mouse Study Links Gut Bugs And Alzheimer's Disease
A new study in mice finds a connection between gut bacteria and Alzheimer's disease: Mice given a long course of antibiotics had fewer "amyloid plaques," a hallmark of the disease.

vendredi 22 juillet 2016

Vaping Is Cool, Smoking Is Not: Could Rise Of Teen E-Cig Use Have An Upside?

Vaping Is Cool, Smoking Is Not: Could Rise Of Teen E-Cig Use Have An Upside?
E-cigarettes could have huge health benefits as cigarette substitutes in adults and long-term smokers, one researcher argues. But they could also be useful in harm reduction in teens.

New Alzheimer's Research Sheds Light On 'Garbage Collecting' Proteins

New Alzheimer's Research Sheds Light On 'Garbage Collecting' Proteins
Researchers have linked three genetic risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease to an immune cell dysfunction in mice, shedding light on a biochemical mechanism behind the genes.

jeudi 21 juillet 2016

Another Tick-Bourne Disease To Worry About: Powassan Virus

Another Tick-Bourne Disease To Worry About: Powassan Virus
Powassan virus is rare, experts say, but about 10 percent of people with the most serious form of the disease die, and survivors may have long-term health problems.

mercredi 20 juillet 2016

Thinking About Dying, Even When The Doctor Has No Time For It

Thinking About Dying, Even When The Doctor Has No Time For It
American doctors struggle to have time to talk with patients about their end-of-life wishes, the author writes. A video series may help.

When Your Sutures Talk Back To Convey Critical Medical Info

When Your Sutures Talk Back To Convey Critical Medical Info
Researchers have developed biocompatible threads that can sense everything from temperature to pH to physical strain. So far, the work is just in mice.

A Futuristic Proposal On Martha's Vineyard: Modify Mouse Genes To Fight Lyme

A Futuristic Proposal On Martha's Vineyard: Modify Mouse Genes To Fight Lyme
Now it's Martha's Vineyards' turn to consider a cutting-edge proposal by an MIT biologist to fight Lyme disease by modifying mouse genes. He presented last month on Nantucket as well.

lundi 18 juillet 2016

Caffeine? Boxers Or Briefs? Laptop Use? Study Seeks Clues To Fertility, Including Men's

Caffeine? Boxers Or Briefs? Laptop Use? Study Seeks Clues To Fertility, Including Men's
The PRESTO study is trying to tease out the factors around fertility that people can actually modify.

vendredi 15 juillet 2016

New IV Drug For Postpartum Depression Gets Boost In Small Study

New IV Drug For Postpartum Depression Gets Boost In Small Study
Dr. Lee Cohen, the Director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Women’s Mental Health, who was not involved with the research, is very optimistic about the trial.

Ethical Dilemma: Do I Game The System To Get My Patient A Heart?

Ethical Dilemma: Do I Game The System To Get My Patient A Heart?
The system for assigning donor hearts to patients leaves doctors facing an ethical dilemma: Do you ramp up your patient's treatment, even if it's not called for, in order to bump them up the list?

jeudi 14 juillet 2016

Coming To A Beer Near You: Ingredient List, Calorie Count

Coming To A Beer Near You: Ingredient List, Calorie Count
Until this week, many beers did not disclose calorie counts or ingredient lists on their bottles.

mercredi 13 juillet 2016

Harvard Researcher: Data From Over 10M People Links Excess Weight To Earlier Death

Harvard Researcher: Data From Over 10M People Links Excess Weight To Earlier Death
A huge new study finds that excess weight is not "protective" -- the more overweight people are, it finds, the higher their risk of premature death, including from heart disease and cancer.

40 Governors To Sign Pact To Combat Opioid Epidemic

40 Governors To Sign Pact To Combat Opioid Epidemic
The strategies more than 40 governors pledge to implement are modeled after steps taken in Massachusetts.

Testing A Genetic "Ad-Blocker" To Treat A Rare Neurological Disease

Testing A Genetic "Ad-Blocker" To Treat A Rare Neurological Disease
Researchers had to find a way to turn off the disease-causing protein without turning off the protein essential for life.

mardi 12 juillet 2016

Female Docs Earn Less Than Male Peers, Harvard Study Finds

Female Docs Earn Less Than Male Peers, Harvard Study Finds
Researchers conclude that women physicians earn, on average, $20,000 per year less than men.

lundi 11 juillet 2016

Caution, May Backfire: Neuroscientists' Open Letter To DIY Brain Hackers

Caution, May Backfire: Neuroscientists' Open Letter To DIY Brain Hackers
The letter responds to do-it-yourself-ers who zap their scalps in hopes of benefits ranging from improved math skills to relief from depression.

jeudi 7 juillet 2016

Broad Institute Aids White House's Precision Medicine Initiative

Broad Institute Aids White House's Precision Medicine Initiative
The Broad will help build the infrastructure to share data that could lead to new treatment discoveries.

Why 'Death With Dignity' Isn't Back On The Mass. Ballot This Year

Why 'Death With Dignity' Isn't Back On The Mass. Ballot This Year
In case you were hoping to vote again on the "Death With Dignity" ballot initiative that failed in a squeaker in 2012, you can't -- it's not on the ballot this year.

A Cultural Shift For Doctors: Asking Patients 'Why?'

A Cultural Shift For Doctors: Asking Patients 'Why?'
This year orientation for new residents at BMC includes a workshop on what's known as social determinants of health.

mercredi 6 juillet 2016

A Face-Lift In Boston, A New Jaw In Rwanda: One Surgeon's Global Perspective

A Face-Lift In Boston, A New Jaw In Rwanda: One Surgeon's Global Perspective
For three months of the year, Dr. David Shaye operates and teaches in Africa.

mardi 5 juillet 2016

Should You Take Aspirin? A New App Helps Your Doctor Advise You

Should You Take Aspirin? A New App Helps Your Doctor Advise You
A new app helps doctors -- and patients -- calculate the potential risks and benefits of taking baby aspirin, a sometimes-complicated decision recently updated by new guidelines.

vendredi 1 juillet 2016

My Stupid Thyroid, And My Fraught Decision To Monitor My Cancer Rather Than Cut It Out

My Stupid Thyroid, And My Fraught Decision To Monitor My Cancer Rather Than Cut It Out
I want to find an endocrinologist who will agree to monitor my nodule, rather than insist that I get my thyroid out. Boston is a health care mecca. Surely there are doctors who are up on the latest watch-and-wait approach. It's complicated.

As The Brigham Tests Mental Health App, Clinicians Debate Efficacy

As The Brigham Tests Mental Health App, Clinicians Debate Efficacy
Brigham and Women's hospital is testing an app that tracks a patient's activity and tone of voice to see what it could tell them about anxiety or depression.

How Clinicians Evaluate Mental Health Apps

How Clinicians Evaluate Mental Health Apps
Dr. John Torous, who chairs a task force charged with helping clinicians evaluate mental health apps, joined Morning Edition.