vendredi 30 septembre 2016

For Doctors Trained Abroad, Challenges To Practicing Medicine Often Insurmountable

For Doctors Trained Abroad, Challenges To Practicing Medicine Often Insurmountable
There are roughly 3,000 foreign-trained doctors in Massachusetts, not licensed to practice in the U.S., according to a 2014 report.

Impending Ban On Herbal Painkiller Kratom Could Hamper Research

Impending Ban On Herbal Painkiller Kratom Could Hamper Research
An impending plan to ban the herbal painkiller kratom is drawing major pushback.

Mass. Department Of Public Health Recommends Boston Children's Expansion Move Forward

Mass. Department Of Public Health Recommends Boston Children's Expansion Move Forward
The $1 billion project has been the subject of much public debate, largely because the building is set to be constructed on the site of the beloved Prouty Garden.

jeudi 29 septembre 2016

Study: Breastfeeding Even More Of A Health Issue For Moms Than For Babies

Study: Breastfeeding Even More Of A Health Issue For Moms Than For Babies
Supporting breastfeeding "is something we should be doing to support women for their own health," says the author of a new study. "This is not about who is a better mother."

mercredi 28 septembre 2016

Could Your DNA Serve As Clock To Gauge How You Age And When You'll Die?

Could Your DNA Serve As Clock To Gauge How You Age And When You'll Die?
If you've ever been to a high-school reunion, you know that biological age can differ dramatically from chronological age. (Especially the older you get.)

vendredi 23 septembre 2016

More Women Choose Custom-Made Hormone Therapy; Influential Docs Worry About Potential Harm

More Women Choose Custom-Made Hormone Therapy; Influential Docs Worry About Potential Harm
A study found that 1 million to 2.5 million women are using custom-compounded hormones, yet many are unaware that these medications not been evaluated or approved by the FDA.

jeudi 22 septembre 2016

Good Gut Microbes: Studies Explore How 'E. Faecium' Fights Off Infection

Good Gut Microbes: Studies Explore How 'E. Faecium' Fights Off Infection
Meet one of your gut's good microbes -- E. Faecium. Researchers report on how it fights a bad infection in worms and mice, and it may hold promise for probiotics for humans.

mercredi 21 septembre 2016

Opinion: Dear Hillary And Donald, You'd Be A Better President If You Got More Exercise

Opinion: Dear Hillary And Donald, You'd Be A Better President If You Got More Exercise
Clearly, the two are no couch potatoes; they are frantically busy campaigning. But still, it's a fail. And not a trivial one, considering that Americans spend well over a trillion dollars a year on health care that better lifestyles could prevent.

Opinion: Dear Hillary And Donald, You'd Be A Better President If You Got More Exercise

Opinion: Dear Hillary And Donald, You'd Be A Better President If You Got More Exercise
Clearly, the two are no couch potatoes; they are frantically busy campaigning. But still, it's a fail. And not a trivial one, considering that Americans spend well over a trillion dollars a year on health care that better lifestyles could prevent.

mardi 20 septembre 2016

You're Invited, 9/28: Experts On Gaps Between Brain Science, Psychiatric Treatment, Policy

You're Invited, 9/28: Experts On Gaps Between Brain Science, Psychiatric Treatment, Policy
Please join us on the morning of 9/28 for a lively HUBweek discussion of the state of brain science and the gap between the science and current treatment and policy.

vendredi 16 septembre 2016

'The Mind-Gut Connection': Could Your Gut Microbes Be Affecting How You Feel?

'The Mind-Gut Connection': Could Your Gut Microbes Be Affecting How You Feel?
An expert on the brain-gut axis says your trillions of gut microbes are in constant cross-talk with your brain, and there’s mounting evidence that they may affect how you feel — not just physically but emotionally.

Illegally Obtained Drugs Are To Blame For A Majority Of Mass. Overdose Deaths In 2013 And 2014

Illegally Obtained Drugs Are To Blame For A Majority Of Mass. Overdose Deaths In 2013 And 2014
Prescription drugs may fuel the epidemic, but heroin and fentanyl are more closely linked to overdose-related deaths.

jeudi 15 septembre 2016

State Health Agency Offers Overhaul Of Medical Marijuana Regulations

State Health Agency Offers Overhaul Of Medical Marijuana Regulations
The changes, according to state health officials, build off of lessons learned during the first three years of experience with medical marijuana in Massachusetts.

mardi 13 septembre 2016

City Hotline Now Connects Bostonians With Addiction Recovery Services

City Hotline Now Connects Bostonians With Addiction Recovery Services
People searching for help with addiction can now be connected to services in Boston by dialing the mayor's 311 hotline.

lundi 12 septembre 2016

Hacking A Solution To Boston's Opioid Crisis

Hacking A Solution To Boston's Opioid Crisis
Over the weekend nearly 200 counselors, coders, architects, doctors and current and former addiction patients gathered to come up with and pitch new ideas for tackling the opioid addiction crisis.

vendredi 9 septembre 2016

Medical Ethics: Incontinence A Fate Worse Than Death? Really?

Medical Ethics: Incontinence A Fate Worse Than Death? Really?
Many survey respondents consider incontinence a fate worse than death -- but there's a big difference between an imagined disability and a real one.

jeudi 8 septembre 2016

Work In Science And Want To Write? You're Invited To WBUR's 'Narrating Science'

Work In Science And Want To Write? You're Invited To WBUR's 'Narrating Science'
Coming Sept. 15: Launch of WBUR's "Narrating Science" section, for people who work in science and want to write about it for a general audience.

mercredi 7 septembre 2016

Massachusetts -- Just Barely -- Misses Health Spending Target Again

Massachusetts -- Just Barely -- Misses Health Spending Target Again
This is the second year in a row that Massachusetts missed the self-imposed goal that took effect in 2013.

mardi 6 septembre 2016

Boston-Based Medical Chief Of Rio Paralympics: Everyone Has Athlete Potential

Boston-Based Medical Chief Of Rio Paralympics: Everyone Has Athlete Potential
The chair of the medical committee for the Paralympics talks about role models and "no excuses."

lundi 5 septembre 2016

Narrating Medicine: When The Insurance Company Brings A Therapist To Tears

Narrating Medicine: When The Insurance Company Brings A Therapist To Tears
The high-handed way that the insurers treat me -- and other providers, and patients, too -- drives me mad, writes psychologist Ellen Holtzman.

vendredi 2 septembre 2016

EpiPen Prices: Once I Felt Grateful To Mylan, Now I Feel Co-Opted

EpiPen Prices: Once I Felt Grateful To Mylan, Now I Feel Co-Opted
Can you make a profit without taking advantage of a community?

jeudi 1 septembre 2016

In Settlement With Mass., CVS Agrees To Strengthen Policies Around Dispensing Opioids

In Settlement With Mass., CVS Agrees To Strengthen Policies Around Dispensing Opioids
CVS will require its pharmacy staff in Massachusetts to check the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program before filling prescriptions for "commonly misused opioids."