vendredi 30 décembre 2016

Why Do We Doctors So Often Fail To See Symptoms Are Drug Side Effects?

Why Do We Doctors So Often Fail To See Symptoms Are Drug Side Effects?
As both a patient and physician, Dr. Marlene Beggelman wondered: Why didn’t my doctors recognize the side effect? Why didn't they choose a safer drug? Why didn’t I do my homework before agreeing to this medication?

jeudi 29 décembre 2016

Most Clicked-On CommonHealth Stories Of 2016, From Scrubs On The Street To Food Allergies

Most Clicked-On CommonHealth Stories Of 2016, From Scrubs On The Street To Food Allergies
From scrubs outside the hospital to Vitamin K for babies to the man who embodies the antidote for bummer weight loss news, here are CommonHealth's 10 most clicked-on stories of the year.

Year In Review: Opioid Death Rate Continues To Climb, Officials Strengthen Prevention And Treatment Efforts

Year In Review: Opioid Death Rate Continues To Climb, Officials Strengthen Prevention And Treatment Efforts
The latest numbers from the state indicate that in 2016 almost five people a day died in Massachusetts because of an opioid overdose.

mercredi 28 décembre 2016

Listening To Patients: Slowly Recovering From Sexual Abuse By A Teacher

Listening To Patients: Slowly Recovering From Sexual Abuse By A Teacher
Dr. Annie Brewster spoke with Daniel, who was molested by a teacher in middle school. She writes: "He is a survivor of trauma, and so much more. No one part defines him. In this acceptance, he is whole."

mardi 27 décembre 2016

If Medical Care By Loving Family Members Of Sick Kids Was Paid, Costs Could Total Up To $35B

If Medical Care By Loving Family Members Of Sick Kids Was Paid, Costs Could Total Up To $35B
"We estimated that if families didn't provide this care, it would cost between $11.9 billion and $35 billion per year to have others come into the home to provide that care," says senior author Dr. Mark Schuster, of Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

vendredi 23 décembre 2016

Sex, Chocolate, And Exercise: The Wonderful News About Fitness In 2016

Sex, Chocolate, And Exercise: The Wonderful News About Fitness In 2016
If you want to get yourself to exercise more in 2017, "The Magic Pill" podcast highlights a cutting edge of exercise motivation science: It's all about shifting your mindset from seeing exercise as a chore and a pain, to seeing it as a gift, a treat, even a joy.

Joey Beats Another Overdose, But Drifts In And Out Of Heroin Use

Joey Beats Another Overdose, But Drifts In And Out Of Heroin Use
2016 was another turbulent year for Joey. He overdosed for an eighth time. He entered detox. He relapsed. Through it all, Joey, the survivor, remains optimistic.

jeudi 22 décembre 2016

10 Prescriptions For Smoother Holidays In A House Divided

10 Prescriptions For Smoother Holidays In A House Divided
"No one ever said we had to be in complete agreement to enjoy each other’s company," write two child psychiatrists. "Divided houses are not easy to mend. A divided country is even harder. 

But all politics are local. "

mardi 20 décembre 2016

As New England Ages, Immigrants Make Up A Growing Share Of Health Workers

As New England Ages, Immigrants Make Up A Growing Share Of Health Workers
A growing percentage of home health care workers and nursing assistants in Massachusetts are foreign-born, and that reliance on immigrant labor for health care is only expected to increase.

lundi 19 décembre 2016

Harvard Study: Elderly Hospital Patients Live Longer, Do Better With Female Doctors

Harvard Study: Elderly Hospital Patients Live Longer, Do Better With Female Doctors
Says the study's senior author: "Despite that backdrop of lower salaries and less academic promotion, we're finding that not only are women physicians just as good, in fact we're finding that they're a little bit better."

vendredi 16 décembre 2016

Opinion: Beware, You Do Not Want Your Doctor Working 28 Hours Straight

Opinion: Beware, You Do Not Want Your Doctor Working 28 Hours Straight
Next year, you may notice that your young doctor looks even more sleep-deprived than usual -- if the council that oversees American medical residencies approves a proposal allowing first-year residents to work 28 hours in a row, instead of the current limit of 16.

The Angelina Effect: The Power And Perils Of Celebrity Cancer Stories

The Angelina Effect: The Power And Perils Of Celebrity Cancer Stories
From Angelina Jolie to Ben Stiller to John Wayne to Michael Douglas, celebrity cancer revelations can be a double-edged sword, an expert says: They inform the public, but without expert insights, they can promote wrong ideas.

The Detective And The Dealer: An Evening With Heroin In Framingham

The Detective And The Dealer: An Evening With Heroin In Framingham
We go to the state's largest town to find out how heroin and fentanyl end up in the hands of users, and how police battle the problem.

jeudi 15 décembre 2016

Angelina Jolie Drives Up BRCA Test Rates But Health Benefit Questionable

Angelina Jolie Drives Up BRCA Test Rates But Health Benefit Questionable
It doesn't appear that the spike in the number of women tested for BRCA gene mutations led to more detection. The rate of women who had the test and then a mastectomy declined.

lundi 12 décembre 2016

Expensive Problems: Study Links Early Childhood Brains To High Public Costs In Mid-Life

Expensive Problems: Study Links Early Childhood Brains To High Public Costs In Mid-Life
A study finds that just about one-fifth of people cost "the lion's share" of public money, from welfare benefits to hospital stays, and most showed signs of brain trouble even at age 3.

vendredi 9 décembre 2016

Ethicist Dad: Passage Of 21st Century Cures Act Fills Me With Both Hope And Dread

Ethicist Dad: Passage Of 21st Century Cures Act Fills Me With Both Hope And Dread
An ethicist and father whose daughter could have been killed by contaminated heparin worries that, while the 21st Century Cures Act could indeed lead to new cures, it could also compromise the FDA's protection of patients.

Exhibit At Boston's Logan Airport Shows That Mental Illness Can Affect Anyone

Exhibit At Boston's Logan Airport Shows That Mental Illness Can Affect Anyone
Featuring larger-than-life photographs with personal stories of people struggling with mental illness, the exhibit is designed to shed light on a topic often kept in the dark.

jeudi 8 décembre 2016

Flicker Of Hope For Alzheimer's? MIT Research Finds Light Helps Mouse Brains

Flicker Of Hope For Alzheimer's? MIT Research Finds Light Helps Mouse Brains
Listen to "Radio Boston" and "Radiolab" explore the wild finding that light flickering at a specific frequency could help fend off Alzheimer's -- in mice, at least.

In Memoriam: A 'Very Bright Light' Who Wrote About Life With Cancer, Invited Others To Shine

In Memoriam: A 'Very Bright Light' Who Wrote About Life With Cancer, Invited Others To Shine
CommonHealth honors the memory of Marie Colantoni Pechet, who wrote beautifully about life with cancer -- and just life -- in posts that were a privilege to publish.

mardi 6 décembre 2016

Narrating Medicine: When You 'Inherit' A Pain Patient On Opioids, You Need Guidelines

Narrating Medicine: When You 'Inherit' A Pain Patient On Opioids, You Need Guidelines
"Working in a community health center in Lynn, which, like many small New England cities, is ravaged by the opioid crisis, I have not met a single primary care provider who has decided to start opioids for a patient. Rather, we are dealing with the 'inherited' pain patient, who has been prescribed opioids by someone else."

lundi 5 décembre 2016

Winner Of $3M Breakthrough Prize Calls For Defense Of Science 'When Winds Blow Against' It

Winner Of $3M Breakthrough Prize Calls For Defense Of Science 'When Winds Blow Against' It
"When the winds blow against science, it’s all of our responsibilities to defend science and promote fact-based reasoning and rationality," Stephen J. Elledge said in accepting the Breakthrough Prize. "I ask each of you to rise up to meet that challenge."

The Ali-Frazier Fight Of Biotech? Patent Court To Hear CRISPR Oral Arguments

The Ali-Frazier Fight Of Biotech? Patent Court To Hear CRISPR Oral Arguments
A patent litigation expert says the battle royale over CRISPR -- the revolutionary gene-editing technology coming before a federal patent court this week -- could take years.

vendredi 2 décembre 2016

U.N. Chief Apologizes But Does Not Admit Soldiers Brought Cholera To Haiti

U.N. Chief Apologizes But Does Not Admit Soldiers Brought Cholera To Haiti
The outgoing secretary general apologized to Haiti but didn't admit that it was U.N. soldiers who triggered its cholera epidemic. That omission will make it harder to raise money to help, advocates say.

jeudi 1 décembre 2016

Doctor: I Quit AMA Over Its Endorsement Of Trump's Health Secretary Pick

Doctor: I Quit AMA Over Its Endorsement Of Trump's Health Secretary Pick
Dr. Carolyn Sax writes: "Price's positions are repugnant to me and to every other physician that I know."