mercredi 31 août 2016

Early Research Shows 'Hint' Of Slowing Alzheimer's, But More Testing Is Needed

Early Research Shows 'Hint' Of Slowing Alzheimer's, But More Testing Is Needed
Confirmation of a cognitive benefit "would be a game-changer," according to a commentary piece accompanying the Nature paper.

mardi 30 août 2016

Radiologists Can Detect Subtle Breast Cancer In Split Second, Study Finds

Radiologists Can Detect Subtle Breast Cancer In Split Second, Study Finds
Radiologists are surprisingly good at detecting even subtle cancers in just a split second, a study finds.

lundi 29 août 2016

U.S. Surgeon General Urges Clinicians To Curb Use Of Opioid Painkillers

U.S. Surgeon General Urges Clinicians To Curb Use Of Opioid Painkillers
More than two-million health care practitioners in Massachusetts and across the country will get a letter in the next few days from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

vendredi 26 août 2016

Required To Run? Professor Proposes Harvard Bring Back Required Phys Ed

Required To Run? Professor Proposes Harvard Bring Back Required Phys Ed
A Harvard evolution expert says we're so hard-wired to avoid exercise that the university should bring back a physical education requirement to help students move more.

Event: Telling Your Medical Story, Restoring The Doctor-Patient Connection

Event: Telling Your Medical Story, Restoring The Doctor-Patient Connection
Theme of an upcoming Hubweek event: As medicine becomes increasingly dependent on technology, patients have fewer opportunities to tell their stories and similarly, clinicians are less likely to hear their stories.

mercredi 24 août 2016

'Don't Worry Alone': Hospitals Encourage Medical Residents To Seek Help For Depression

'Don't Worry Alone': Hospitals Encourage Medical Residents To Seek Help For Depression
There's been a push recently among medical professionals to investigate how long, stressful hours for medical residents affect their well-being.

mardi 23 août 2016

Remembering The Doctor Who Tweeted Her Terminal Illness -- And Changed Practice

Remembering The Doctor Who Tweeted Her Terminal Illness -- And Changed Practice
An admiring remembrance of Kate Granger, the terminally ill British doctor probably best known for using Twitter to push to humanize medical care.

Stoned Vs. Drunk: Small Study Finds Sex On Pot Brings More Wariness, Less Regret Than Alcohol

Stoned Vs. Drunk: Small Study Finds Sex On Pot Brings More Wariness, Less Regret Than Alcohol
"Sex on alcohol was commonly reported as being more casual and less emotional," according to the study. "Sex while high on marijuana was commonly described as being more compassionate ..."

vendredi 19 août 2016

Cholera In Haiti: Court Says Victims Can't Sue, But U.N. Promises Amends

Cholera In Haiti: Court Says Victims Can't Sue, But U.N. Promises Amends
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the UN "has a moral responsibility to the victims."

I Felt Alone But I Wasn't: Depression Is Rampant Among Doctors In Training

I Felt Alone But I Wasn't: Depression Is Rampant Among Doctors In Training
Depression in doctors-in-training seems to be not the exception but the norm, writes Dr. Elisabeth Poorman.

Opinion: Boston Teaching Hospitals Are Taking 'First Steps' Toward More Collaboration

Opinion: Boston Teaching Hospitals Are Taking 'First Steps' Toward More Collaboration
Boston's teaching hospitals are "conducting joint focus groups, collecting common data elements and will be identifying an issue to address together over the next few months," the authors write.

jeudi 18 août 2016

Cautionary Tale of Genetic Testing: You May Drop Dead! Oops, Never Mind

Cautionary Tale of Genetic Testing: You May Drop Dead! Oops, Never Mind
Moral of the story: If you're told you have a gene that means you have a serious disease, look into it very carefully -- and stay informed about the rapidly evolving state of gene science.

mercredi 17 août 2016

Opioid-Era Parenting Diary: A Fraught Week With Oxycodone In Our House

Opioid-Era Parenting Diary: A Fraught Week With Oxycodone In Our House
While I have no reason to think my daughter would become addicted, my thought has been, Why take the chance? Still, no parent wants to see their child in pain.

lundi 15 août 2016

'I've Never Felt Constrained': After Parkinson's Diagnosis, Chestnut Hill Man Turns To Drumming

'I've Never Felt Constrained': After Parkinson's Diagnosis, Chestnut Hill Man Turns To Drumming
For 79-year-old Tony Swartz-Lloyd, a diagnosis of Parkinson's didn't end his lifelong passion for music -- it sparked it.

vendredi 12 août 2016

Olympic Rules For Transgender Women Athletes Are In Flux

Olympic Rules For Transgender Women Athletes Are In Flux
Athletes who transition from male to female must demonstrate that their testosterone levels are low enough. That threshold is under debate.

Doctor's Dilemma: Is It My Duty To Get Political Or Stay Out Of The Fray?

Doctor's Dilemma: Is It My Duty To Get Political Or Stay Out Of The Fray?
A personal pondering for this election season and beyond: Is it a doctor's duty to stay out of the political fray? Or, sometimes, step into it? What if doing so might hinder the doctor-patient relationship?

When New Parents Refuse Vitamin K Shots And Their Babies Get Brain Bleeds

When New Parents Refuse Vitamin K Shots And Their Babies Get Brain Bleeds
It's been standard medical care for over 50 years, but a small and possibly growing contingent of parents decline the Vitamin K shot for newborns.

jeudi 11 août 2016

Opinion: Please, Boston Nonprofit Hospitals, Can’t You Join Forces Instead Of Competing?

Opinion: Please, Boston Nonprofit Hospitals, Can’t You Join Forces Instead Of Competing?
In return for tax-exempt status, all 12 Boston-based nonprofit hospitals are required to invest in charitable activities that benefit the communities they serve. The authors argue the hospitals should coordinate these efforts.

'A National Embarrassment': Maternal Mortality Rate Rises In The U.S.

'A National Embarrassment': Maternal Mortality Rate Rises In The U.S.
Maternal mortality is still rare, but the increase is "a national embarrassment," said one author of the study.

mardi 9 août 2016

Stem Cell Scientist George Q. Daley To Lead Harvard Medical School

Stem Cell Scientist George Q. Daley To Lead Harvard Medical School
Harvard announces that prominent stem cell scientist George Q. Daley will lead Harvard Medical School.

Study: Testicular Cancer Patients Without Insurance Fare Worse Than Insured

Study: Testicular Cancer Patients Without Insurance Fare Worse Than Insured
While testicular cancer is curable for most patients, even when it has spread, delaying treatment can lead to more advanced, and potentially fatal, disease, researchers write.

vendredi 5 août 2016

As Olympians Suck Down Energy Gels, A Believer In 'GU' Gel Seeks Reality Check

As Olympians Suck Down Energy Gels, A Believer In 'GU' Gel Seeks Reality Check
With so many Olympic athletes sucking down energy gels, how special are they, really?

When A Mother Decides To Stop Cancer Treatment And Face Death

When A Mother Decides To Stop Cancer Treatment And Face Death
"My miracle isn’t that I walk out of here and I get cured. My miracle is that I got 13 years of a Stage 3C diagnosis," said Colleen Lum.

jeudi 4 août 2016

Boston-Based Researchers Model The Future Of The Zika Epidemic

Boston-Based Researchers Model The Future Of The Zika Epidemic
Researchers say their model suggests that Zika is a very slow-moving virus and that its spread is highly varied depending on location.

Study: 3 Types Of Vaccine Protect Against Zika Virus In Monkeys

Study: 3 Types Of Vaccine Protect Against Zika Virus In Monkeys
More promising news on a potential vaccine against the Zika virus: Researchers report that three different kinds of vaccine worked well in monkeys, and call for human trials as soon as possible.

mercredi 3 août 2016

City's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Boston

City's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Boston
The facility on Milk Street is the seventh dispensary in the state.

New Numbers Show Opioid Epidemic Rages On In Massachusetts

New Numbers Show Opioid Epidemic Rages On In Massachusetts
More men and women died after an unintentional overdose in the first six months of 2016 than during the same period last.

Number Of Deaths Related To Opioid Overdoses Up In Massachusetts

Number Of Deaths Related To Opioid Overdoses Up In Massachusetts
Numbers released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Health offer no sign the epidemic is slowing down.

Health Nuts: Study Finds Eating Tree Nuts, Peanuts Linked To Lower Inflammation

Health Nuts: Study Finds Eating Tree Nuts, Peanuts Linked To Lower Inflammation
Researchers found that people who ate nuts five or more times a week had about 20% lower levels of the measured biomarkers.

Medical Marijuana To Make Its Market Debut In Boston As City's First Dispensary Opens

Medical Marijuana To Make Its Market Debut In Boston As City's First Dispensary Opens
Nearly four years after medical marijuana was approved by Massachusetts voters, the first Boston dispensary opens Wednesday.

Drink, Have An Operation, Chew Gum, Go Home: A Whole New Approach In Surgery

Drink, Have An Operation, Chew Gum, Go Home: A Whole New Approach In Surgery
A Boston doctor says a set a guidelines, called Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, is transforming surgical practices.

mardi 2 août 2016

Surprising Results On Swedish Body Mass Index Study

Surprising Results On Swedish Body Mass Index Study
Other factors that affect Body Mass Index, like genetics, may be responsible for the risk of heart attack and death, one researcher said.

lundi 1 août 2016

Mass. Lawmakers Override Veto On Long-Term Antibiotics For Lyme

Mass. Lawmakers Override Veto On Long-Term Antibiotics For Lyme
The Massachusetts Legislature voted overwhelmingly to override Gov. Baker's veto on a bill requiring health insurers to cover long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease.

Nano-Toothpaste And Nano-Mouthwash? Rat Study Suggests Maybe

Nano-Toothpaste And Nano-Mouthwash? Rat Study Suggests Maybe
Researchers find that nanoparticles show promise for fighting tooth plaque -- in rats, at least.

Boston Clinic Finds Higher Rates Of Adoption Among Transgender Children

Boston Clinic Finds Higher Rates Of Adoption Among Transgender Children
No one seems to know why. But there is some agreement about possible explanations.