mercredi 30 novembre 2016

After Soda Tax Proposals Pass Elsewhere, Issue To Be Raised Again In Mass.

After Soda Tax Proposals Pass Elsewhere, Issue To Be Raised Again In Mass.
Is soda food? Should it be exempt from the state sales tax? Soda tax measures just passed in several cities, and a Massachusetts lawmaker plans to propose one again.

mardi 29 novembre 2016

Trump's Pick For Health Secretary Generates Some Anxiety In Mass.

Trump's Pick For Health Secretary Generates Some Anxiety In Mass.
Tom Price has helped lead the charge to repeal Obamacare, and he supports major changes in programs that cover the elderly and the poor.

Interactive Website Highlights Extent Of State's Opioid Addiction Epidemic

Interactive Website Highlights Extent Of State's Opioid Addiction Epidemic
State health officials say they hope the site will help residents better understand the effects of the epidemic and help policy makers determine how best to deal with it.

vendredi 25 novembre 2016

Director Of White House Drug Control Policies Looks Toward A Trump Administration

Director Of White House Drug Control Policies Looks Toward A Trump Administration
Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy, believes that fighting opioid addiction has strong bipartisan support.

Study: Mice That Drank Aspartame-Sweetened Water Gained Weight, Gut Enzyme Blocked

Study: Mice That Drank Aspartame-Sweetened Water Gained Weight, Gut Enzyme Blocked
The new study offers an explanation for how the controversial sweetener aspartame may lead to -- rather than prevent -- obesity and diabetes.

My Patient's Sky-High Blood Pressure And 'The War On Science'

My Patient's Sky-High Blood Pressure And 'The War On Science'
An intelligent patient who stopped her crucial blood pressure medications on her friend's advice raises the broader question: How can such misinformation persist despite the evidence? And what can we – as doctors, as citizens – do to help counter it?

mercredi 23 novembre 2016

Prouty Garden Supporters Lose Latest Attempt To Stop Demolition

Prouty Garden Supporters Lose Latest Attempt To Stop Demolition
A judge has denied a request for an injunction to halt construction of a new $1 billion clinical building, which will result in the demolition of the half-acre healing garden.

mardi 22 novembre 2016

A Psychologist's Guide To Talking Politics — Or Not — This Thanksgiving

A Psychologist's Guide To Talking Politics — Or Not — This Thanksgiving
The task that lies before many of us at Thanksgiving is not unlike the task that faces us as Americans: How do we connect across painful differences?

More Mass. Prisoners Should Have Chance For Compassionate Release, Too

More Mass. Prisoners Should Have Chance For Compassionate Release, Too
One doctor's relief for former Speaker Sal DiMasi "is tinged with sadness that the very institution he once presided over, the State House, has not allowed other prisoners the same chance."

lundi 21 novembre 2016

Why Do More Men Get Cancer Than Women? X Chromosome May Hold A Key

Why Do More Men Get Cancer Than Women? X Chromosome May Hold A Key
Boston-based researchers pinpoint the protective genetic effects of having two X chromosomes as part of the explanation for why men get cancer so much more often than women.

vendredi 18 novembre 2016

Mass. Doctors Are Seeing Effects Of The Election In The Exam Room

Mass. Doctors Are Seeing Effects Of The Election In The Exam Room
One Massachusetts General Hospital doctor says she can't rely on her usual questionnaire to check for depression, because so many patients feel "down, depressed or hopeless." Sleep troubles, anxiety, stress eating -- doctors and patients don't usually discuss politics, but the election and its effects are coming up at a lot of medical visits in Massachusetts.

jeudi 17 novembre 2016

From Cambridge, A Fast-Spreading 'This I Believe' For Practicing Medicine In Trump Era

From Cambridge, A Fast-Spreading 'This I Believe' For Practicing Medicine In Trump Era
Thousands of doctors have signed a post-election letter laying out principles that include the tenet that health care is a basic human right, regardless of immigration status.

'Great Deal Of Money At Stake': Expert Says Mass. Health Model May Weaken If Obamacare Changes Under Trump

'Great Deal Of Money At Stake': Expert Says Mass. Health Model May Weaken If Obamacare Changes Under Trump
Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association President Lynn Nicholas explains the fears associated with possible changes to Massachusetts health care services as a result of President-elect Trump's promise to alter the Affordable Care Act.

mercredi 16 novembre 2016

Sex Therapist: When Trump Election Worsens Old Pain From Sexual Aggression

Sex Therapist: When Trump Election Worsens Old Pain From Sexual Aggression
"Unless we speak up," Dr. Aline Zoldbrod writes, "we could be incubating a whole new generation of boys and men who think it is fine or funny to talk about women and women's bodies as Donald Trump has."

lundi 14 novembre 2016

Mass. Planned Parenthood Sees 16-Fold Spike In IUD Demand In Days After Election

Mass. Planned Parenthood Sees 16-Fold Spike In IUD Demand In Days After Election
But there's actually no need to rush. An Obamacare expert say any birth control coverage changes will likely take months or years.

vendredi 11 novembre 2016

Sunday In Boston: 'Songs For Syria,' Concert To Benefit Medical Care For War Victims

Sunday In Boston: 'Songs For Syria,' Concert To Benefit Medical Care For War Victims
Join CommonHealth host Carey Goldberg on Sunday, 11/13, at 3 p.m. for an Old South Church concert to benefit medical care for victims of the war in Syria.

Expert's Coping Tips: The Election Is Over But The Stress Is Not

Expert's Coping Tips: The Election Is Over But The Stress Is Not
Sleep disruption, gut trouble, palpitations -- a stress expert sees the election and its aftermath affecting many of her clients, and suggests some coping tips.

jeudi 10 novembre 2016

Child Psychiatrists: If Kids Are Feeling Anxious After Election, How To Help

Child Psychiatrists: If Kids Are Feeling Anxious After Election, How To Help
If a child is anxious in the wake of the Trump victory, how to help? Suggestions range from civics lessons to simple reassurances of safety.

mercredi 9 novembre 2016

One Psychiatrist’s Fantasy Post-Election Prescription: A Giant National Block Party

One Psychiatrist’s Fantasy Post-Election Prescription: A Giant National Block Party
This sign, the one over this big table, this table to which every single person who lives in this country has been invited and perhaps even mandated to attend, would say only one word: “Enough.”

mardi 8 novembre 2016

Suffering From Election Anxiety? You're Not Alone

Suffering From Election Anxiety? You're Not Alone
A survey by the American Psychological Association found that 52 percent of adults say the election has been a significant source of stress.

Fentanyl Deaths Rise As Curbing Supply Proves Difficult

Fentanyl Deaths Rise As Curbing Supply Proves Difficult
Massachusetts law enforcement agents are reaching out to patients who've overdosed, but they are desperate to reduce the flow of fentanyl.

lundi 7 novembre 2016

Roughly 5 Mass. Residents Are Dying Daily Due To Overdose, Most Involving Fentanyl

Roughly 5 Mass. Residents Are Dying Daily Due To Overdose, Most Involving Fentanyl
Seventy-four percent of men and women who died in July, August and September as a result of an opioid overdose had fentanyl in their system.

The Woman Who Couldn't Stop Emailing, And The Therapist Who Got Sucked In

The Woman Who Couldn't Stop Emailing, And The Therapist Who Got Sucked In
The internet allows eating disorder therapist Jean Fain to help clients from afar. But sometimes, email becomes the problem.

vendredi 4 novembre 2016

Counterpoint: We Fail Our Patients If We Don't Try To Help With Weight Loss

Counterpoint: We Fail Our Patients If We Don't Try To Help With Weight Loss
An obesity specialist responds to a doctor who has largely stopped telling her patients to lose weight: "We should be willing to treat obesity as the disease that it is. And that means we start by talking about it."

jeudi 3 novembre 2016

Late NFL Player Turner's Brain Called 'Best Evidence' Of Trauma Link To ALS Symptoms

Late NFL Player Turner's Brain Called 'Best Evidence' Of Trauma Link To ALS Symptoms
Kevin Turner's brain was "riddled with CTE," a BU researcher said Thursday.

mercredi 2 novembre 2016

Counterpoint: It's Not Just OK But Smart To Throw Out Halloween Candy

Counterpoint: It's Not Just OK But Smart To Throw Out Halloween Candy
"Typical Halloween candy isn’t food, it’s junk, despite marketing ploys suggesting otherwise. A few nuts doesn’t counterbalance the sugar in an Almond Joy."

Testing The Claim That Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol Or Tobacco

Testing The Claim That Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol Or Tobacco
We look at the science behind the claim in three areas: addiction or dependence, disease, and death.