mardi 25 avril 2017

'Trauma Teams' To Help Boston Residents In Higher Crime Areas Cope In Wake Of Violence

'Trauma Teams' To Help Boston Residents In Higher Crime Areas Cope In Wake Of Violence
A neighborhood health clinic partnered with a community-based organization will join forces to help connect those suffering in the aftermath of homicides and other violence with trauma services.

Study Finds A Rare, 'Small Silver Lining' Of Climate Change: More Exercise

Study Finds A Rare, 'Small Silver Lining' Of Climate Change: More Exercise
In 2099, people may be as active in February as they are now in March, the study finds.

Pediatric Refugee Clinic At Yale Helps Children 'Move Beyond The Trauma'

Pediatric Refugee Clinic At Yale Helps Children 'Move Beyond The Trauma'
Refugee health assessments at a Yale University clinic take time and require cross-cultural medical knowledge.

lundi 24 avril 2017

UVM Clinic Offers Therapies To Help Resettled Refugees Work Through Trauma

UVM Clinic Offers Therapies To Help Resettled Refugees Work Through Trauma
Connecting Cultures clinic, based at the University of Vermont, offers mental health treatment services to refugees struggling with tragic memories and adjusting to living in the U.S.

samedi 22 avril 2017

March For Science Moments: Harvard Dean's Outrage, Stories Of Lives Saved

March For Science Moments: Harvard Dean's Outrage, Stories Of Lives Saved
From the dean of Harvard Med to a girl saved from dying of cancer, some voices from the Longwood rally before Saturday's March For Science in Boston.

vendredi 21 avril 2017

Leaders Of Boston Medical Powerhouses Back 'March For Science'

Leaders Of Boston Medical Powerhouses Back 'March For Science'
The March for Science, says Dr. Jason Wasfy of Massachusetts General Hospital, "is not about politics so much as it is about really hammering home that science matters. And in biomedical science, it matters for our patients' lives."

jeudi 20 avril 2017

Churches Step Up To Help With Opioid Epidemic, But Spirituality's Role In Treatment Is Controversial

Churches Step Up To Help With Opioid Epidemic, But Spirituality's Role In Treatment Is Controversial
Many local religious leaders say a new part of their mission is to understand and help with the ravages of the opioid epidemic, but the issue of spirituality and addiction treatment is complicated.

mardi 18 avril 2017

Seeking The Strength To Accept My New Life In A Wheelchair

Seeking The Strength To Accept My New Life In A Wheelchair
Chris Anselmo realizes that by resisting each subsequent piece of adaptive equipment and by giving in to his worst fears over the years, he was the one who was limiting his future.

vendredi 14 avril 2017

Fitness Gains Persist Even Weeks After You Ease Off, Marathon Study Suggests

Fitness Gains Persist Even Weeks After You Ease Off, Marathon Study Suggests
"People in the running community don't like to rest," Dr. Aaron Baggish says. "This is a good reminder that they can, and they probably should.”

mercredi 12 avril 2017

Road Closures Increase The Risk Of Death From Heart Attack On Marathon Days, Research Finds

Road Closures Increase The Risk Of Death From Heart Attack On Marathon Days, Research Finds
The 13 to 15 percent higher mortality rate along the routes of 11 major U.S. marathons, including Boston, was attributed to longer ambulance trips.

lundi 10 avril 2017

Safe Passage Through The Tombstones: Why I Attend My Patients' Memorials

Safe Passage Through The Tombstones: Why I Attend My Patients' Memorials
For Dr. John Loughnane, attending the funerals of his patients is a chance to breach the distance between doctors and families, and to embrace the person who has passed.

Dear Mass. Employers: House Budget Plan Shows A Health Assessment Is Coming

Dear Mass. Employers: House Budget Plan Shows A Health Assessment Is Coming
The message for employers from the House: Expect a health care assessment of some kind next year.

vendredi 7 avril 2017

Dana-Farber Chief: Federal Cuts Could Threaten ‘World’s Greatest Biomedicine Ecosystem’ In Boston

Dana-Farber Chief: Federal Cuts Could Threaten ‘World’s Greatest Biomedicine Ecosystem’ In Boston
"The nearly half a billion dollars in Massachusetts NIH grants likely to vanish under the Trump budget are a serious concern for our innovation-based economy. At Dana-Farber alone, we could lose $23 million in the first year. "

Lysenko: Cautionary Soviet-Era Tale Of How Tragically Politics Can Pervert Science

Lysenko: Cautionary Soviet-Era Tale Of How Tragically Politics Can Pervert Science
The sinister Soviet-era tale of scientific villain Trofim Lysenko -- whose denunciations sent colleagues to the Gulag and whose fabricated findings helped lead to starvation -- is newly topical as an American "March for Science" looms.

jeudi 6 avril 2017

New England Baptist Joins Proposed Merger Of Lahey Health And Beth Israel

New England Baptist Joins Proposed Merger Of Lahey Health And Beth Israel
Combining all three hospitals would bring the new network closer in size to Partners HealthCare, the state's dominant health care system.

mercredi 5 avril 2017

Massachusetts Medical Society Trustees Ask Members To Support Safe Injection Facilities For Drug Users

Massachusetts Medical Society Trustees Ask Members To Support Safe Injection Facilities For Drug Users
If approved, the Massachusetts Medical Society says it would become the first statewide physicians group to endorse the idea of a room where a doctor or nurse monitors drug users as they use illegal substances.

mardi 4 avril 2017

If You Inject Drugs, Do You Know The Safe Steps? Try This Quiz

If You Inject Drugs, Do You Know The Safe Steps? Try This Quiz
Here are 11 questions a needle exchange program in Cambridge asked its clients.

lundi 3 avril 2017

Public Bathrooms Become Ground Zero In The Opioid Epidemic

Public Bathrooms Become Ground Zero In The Opioid Epidemic
Public bathrooms are one of the few places where people can find privacy away from home to use intravenous drugs. That's leaving staff at fast food restaurants, libraries and town halls struggling with how to address safety concern for the public and for users.

vendredi 31 mars 2017

How We Doctors Are Failing Our Patients Who Drink Too Much

How We Doctors Are Failing Our Patients Who Drink Too Much
"As the fourth-leading cause of preventable death, alcohol is the most common problem that I encounter as a primary care doctor, and the one that I feel least able to manage."

mercredi 29 mars 2017

Massachusetts Tightens Cap On Health Care Spending For 2018

Massachusetts Tightens Cap On Health Care Spending For 2018
Massachusetts will aim to hold health care spending increases to 3.1 percent next year, a drop from this year's target of 3.6 percent.

Dear Secretary Price: For My Dad's Sake, Protect The FDA

Dear Secretary Price: For My Dad's Sake, Protect The FDA
If you found yourself in an elevator with the U.S. health secretary, what would you tell him? Dr. Samantha Harrington points to the need to defend the FDA's rigorous standards for drugs.

Gov. Baker To Work With White House On Opioid Addiction

Gov. Baker To Work With White House On Opioid Addiction
President Trump will tap Gov. Charlie Baker to serve on a new commission to address the nation's opioid addiction epidemic which will be led by Baker friend Gov. Chris Christie.

samedi 25 mars 2017

AHCA Defeat Spells Relief For Massachusetts

AHCA Defeat Spells Relief For Massachusetts
Groups that fought the AHCA say they know this may only be a temporary reprieve, but relief spread on Beacon Hill among Democrats and Republicans Friday.

A Friend Dies As Scientists Ponder: Just How Preventable Are Most Cancers?

A Friend Dies As Scientists Ponder: Just How Preventable Are Most Cancers?
"People want a reason why these cancers happen," Dr. Bert Vogelstein says. "Well, here’s the reason: Cells make mistakes. That’s just bad luck."

10 Things To Know About This Flu Season, Starting With No. 1: It's Not Even Over

10 Things To Know About This Flu Season, Starting With No. 1: It's Not Even Over
If you were felled by flu this year and left asking for the license plate of the Mack truck that hit you, it was probably this: A/H3N2 -- and you're far from alone.

vendredi 24 mars 2017

Male Fertility Testing? There’s An App For That

Male Fertility Testing? There’s An App For That
A smartphone device developed by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital proves highly accurate for measuring male fertility at home, a study finds.

Mass. Rep. Joe Kennedy: Addiction, Mental Health Coverage Should Be Mandatory

Mass. Rep. Joe Kennedy: Addiction, Mental Health Coverage Should Be Mandatory
Among the elements of the health care bill up for debate is an end to mandatory coverage of basic mental health care and addiction services.

jeudi 23 mars 2017

Mainstream Media Should Stop Selling Out Science With Misleading Ads

Mainstream Media Should Stop Selling Out Science With Misleading Ads
COMMENTARY: Scientists argue that The Washington Post and The New York Times should not have published paid ads on climate change that present as "fact" statements that directly contradict scientific consensus.

mercredi 22 mars 2017

Former White House Drug Czar To Lead Addiction Medicine Center In Boston

Former White House Drug Czar To Lead Addiction Medicine Center In Boston
Michael Botticelli will be executive director of Boston Medical Center's new Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine.

mardi 21 mars 2017

Gov. Baker: GOP Obamacare Replacement Would Cost Mass. $1 Billion By 2020

Gov. Baker: GOP Obamacare Replacement Would Cost Mass. $1 Billion By 2020
"[O]ur analysis," Baker wrote, "indicates that the AHCA would increasingly strain the fiscal resources necessary to support the [state's] continued commitment to universal health care coverage."

In Pausing Human Research On Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge A Dark Past

In Pausing Human Research On Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge A Dark Past
Ethics review of human subject research matters, writes Paul C. McLean. In pushing pause on a Zika study, the NIH ethics panel indicated awareness of a history too often either forgotten or considered yesterday’s problem.

lundi 20 mars 2017

Study Looks At The Special Pressure Of Treating A VIP (Very Important Patient)

Study Looks At The Special Pressure Of Treating A VIP (Very Important Patient)
Sure, VIPs in the hospital might get better rooms or personal service, but do they get better care? Or could their VIP status actually harm their care?

vendredi 17 mars 2017

A Friend Worth Waking Up For: Learning To Run Again After Donating My Kidney

A Friend Worth Waking Up For: Learning To Run Again After Donating My Kidney
After Amy Carleton donated a kidney to her stepfather, running in the early morning darkness with a friend helped her regain physical confidence.

In Between Life And Death, Opioid Use Can Cause Dozens Of Injuries

In Between Life And Death, Opioid Use Can Cause Dozens Of Injuries
Many people assume patients who experience a drug overdose either die or survive, with no associated damage or injuries. Most emergency room doctors will tell you that's not the case.

jeudi 16 mars 2017

Doctor: Boston Evictions Tantamount To A Public Health Crisis

Doctor: Boston Evictions Tantamount To A Public Health Crisis
The diagnosis is clear, writes Dr. Lara Jirmanus: the eviction crisis is an illness. The Rx? Protections for tenants and increase the amount of affordable housing in Boston, she argues.

mercredi 15 mars 2017

What The House GOP Health Bill Would Mean For Mass.

What The House GOP Health Bill Would Mean For Mass.
For many Massachusetts residents, the American Health Care Act would price health insurance out of reach.

lundi 13 mars 2017

Harvard Doctor: Return To 28-Hour Shifts For Medical Interns Is Good — Except When It's Not

Harvard Doctor: Return To 28-Hour Shifts For Medical Interns Is Good — Except When It's Not
Based on his own experiences, a Harvard doctor lays out the upsides and downsides of the new rule that will allow medical interns to work up to 28-hour shifts -- up from a limit of 16 -- beginning in July.

vendredi 10 mars 2017

Psychologist: No, It's Not Post-Election Stress 'Disorder'

Psychologist: No, It's Not Post-Election Stress 'Disorder'
Among the politically distressed, is this syndrome -- toxic Trump-related concern concentrated among blue-voting people -- enough of a thing that it needs a name? Like maybe 'Post-Election Stress Disorder?' No, says a leading psychologist, but it is a "stress reaction" and the remedy is increasing a sense of control.

jeudi 9 mars 2017

Mass. High Court Hears Arguments On Medical Marijuana Firing

Mass. High Court Hears Arguments On Medical Marijuana Firing
According to legal documents, Cristina Barbuto, who suffers from Crohn's disease, lost her job because of a positive drug test for pot.

Medical Aid In Dying, Narrowly Voted Down In Mass., May Be Decided In Court

Medical Aid In Dying, Narrowly Voted Down In Mass., May Be Decided In Court
A retired doctor from Falmouth who has terminal prostate cancer and though he doesn't want to die, he said he wants some control when the time comes. He is suing the state to be able to ask his doctor for "medical aid in dying."

mardi 7 mars 2017

Doctors From Banned Countries Provide 14 Million Medical Appointments A Year In U.S., Analysis Finds

Doctors From Banned Countries Provide 14 Million Medical Appointments A Year In U.S., Analysis Finds
Researchers are wondering how the order will affect those doctors, future doctors, and patient care for Americans.

Deadly Diets: Study Links Unhealthy Eating To Nearly Half Of American Heart Deaths

Deadly Diets: Study Links Unhealthy Eating To Nearly Half Of American Heart Deaths
Tufts researchers find that nearly half of American deaths from major "cardiometabolic" killers -- heart disease, stroke and diabetes -- were hastened by eating too few healthy foods and too much salt, processed meat and other unhealthy foods.

Former Obamacare Adviser: House GOP Plan A 'Major Step Backward' For Health Coverage

Former Obamacare Adviser: House GOP Plan A 'Major Step Backward' For Health Coverage
Harvard public health professor John McDonough joins us to discuss the GOP's newly released Obamacare replacement plan.

lundi 6 mars 2017

With $25 Million Gift, Boston Medical Center Creates Hub For Addiction Medicine

With $25 Million Gift, Boston Medical Center Creates Hub For Addiction Medicine
The donation by billionaire investor and South Shore native John Grayken and his wife, Eilene, is the largest private donation in the hospital's history.

vendredi 3 mars 2017

'Reclaiming Their Beauty': Tattoo Artist Inks Exquisite Flowers Over Mastectomy Scars

'Reclaiming Their Beauty': Tattoo Artist Inks Exquisite Flowers Over Mastectomy Scars
Not many tattoo artists make it into a leading medical journal -- but Chicago artist David Allen just did: the journal JAMA invited him to write on “the healing role of post-mastectomy tattoos” for its big audience of doctors and other caregivers.

Gov. Baker Promises State Will Make Up For Possible Federal Cuts To Planned Parenthood

Gov. Baker Promises State Will Make Up For Possible Federal Cuts To Planned Parenthood
The five women's clinics in the state could lose $2 million a year if Congressional Republicans successfully block Medicaid reimbursements to the clinics.

jeudi 2 mars 2017

Study: Exercise And Therapy Work Better Than Drugs To Lift Cancer-Related Fatigue

Study: Exercise And Therapy Work Better Than Drugs To Lift Cancer-Related Fatigue
A new study finds that physical activity and therapy are more effective than medications at helping patients deal with cancer-related fatigue.

'Not A Cure,' But Cambridge Biotech's Gene Therapy Gets Teen With Sickle Cell Off Meds

'Not A Cure,' But Cambridge Biotech's Gene Therapy Gets Teen With Sickle Cell Off Meds
A French teenagers no longer needs transfusions or medications after he received gene therapy for sickle cell disease, a paper in The New England Journal of Medicine reports.

mercredi 1 mars 2017

The Big Problem With Oprah And Other Celebs Who Tout Diets

The Big Problem With Oprah And Other Celebs Who Tout Diets
An eating disorder therapist argues that celebrity diets are doomed because of the toxic mix of negative comparisons, shame and self-criticism they inspire. Not to mention that diets themselves usually do more harm than good.

How Walsh's Opioid Outreach Program Is Working, 6 Months In

How Walsh's Opioid Outreach Program Is Working, 6 Months In
Amid complaints about used needles littering the streets and people buying and selling drugs in the area, Mayor Walsh places outreach workers in what is commonly dubbed "Methadone Mile."

lundi 27 février 2017

Mass. Flu Season Peaking, Dominant Strain Poses Added Risk For Elderly

Mass. Flu Season Peaking, Dominant Strain Poses Added Risk For Elderly
In Massachusetts and around the country, reports of flu seem to be peaking, and this year's strain -- H3N2 -- poses a particular risk for older people.

vendredi 24 février 2017

Not Just Nausea And Vomiting: Cancer Docs Now Worry About 'Financial Toxicity'

Not Just Nausea And Vomiting: Cancer Docs Now Worry About 'Financial Toxicity'
A new study reveals that nearly one in three non-elderly cancer patients are not taking their prescribed drug regimens because they can’t afford it.

mardi 21 février 2017

Caring For Immigrant Patients When The Rules Can Shift Any Time

Caring For Immigrant Patients When The Rules Can Shift Any Time
Immigration policy, Dr. Elisabeth Poorman was told, "is no longer a spectator sport" for us or for our patients.

vendredi 17 février 2017

In The Era Of Fentanyl, Drug Users Fight To Survive

In The Era Of Fentanyl, Drug Users Fight To Survive
In 2016, 75 percent of the people in Massachusetts who died from an unintentional overdose had fentanyl in their systems. In 2015, that number was at 57 percent.

Overdose Deaths Likely Rise To New High In Mass.

Overdose Deaths Likely Rise To New High In Mass.
Nearly 2,000 men and women died as a result of an overdose in 2016, according to new state estimates.

jeudi 16 février 2017

Worry, Scan, Treat, Repeat: The Cadence Of Living With Cancer

Worry, Scan, Treat, Repeat: The Cadence Of Living With Cancer
Treating lung cancer is a journey with many ups and down. Dave Kimball describes the rhythms and routines of two treatment days, and the worry and relief that follow.

Broad Institute Emerges Victorious In Patent Fight Over CRISPR Gene-Editing Tech

Broad Institute Emerges Victorious In Patent Fight Over CRISPR Gene-Editing Tech
CRISPR uses gene-editing technology that could lead to new groundbreaking medical treatments and is potentially worth billions of dollars.

mardi 14 février 2017

How Medical Advances Have Affected The Blood Bank Industry

How Medical Advances Have Affected The Blood Bank Industry
As more surgeries can occur with minimal blood loss, hospitals' demand for blood has fallen -- forcing blood banks to reduce their prices.

vendredi 10 février 2017

Dana-Farber To Hold Gala At Mar-A-Lago, But Signals It Will Avoid 'Controversial Venues' In Future

Dana-Farber To Hold Gala At Mar-A-Lago, But Signals It Will Avoid 'Controversial Venues' In Future
Harvard students collected more than 2,500 signatures in a petition objecting to the cancer institute's venue.

mercredi 8 février 2017

Health Workers Say Some Patients Are Missing Appointments After Trump's Ban

Health Workers Say Some Patients Are Missing Appointments After Trump's Ban
At an MGH program in Chelsea, workers say some immigrant patients aren't coming to their appointments because they're afraid.

mardi 7 février 2017

If Obamacare Is Repealed, Could Mass. Fall Back On State Law? It Wouldn't Be Easy — Or Necessarily Wise

If Obamacare Is Repealed, Could Mass. Fall Back On State Law? It Wouldn't Be Easy — Or Necessarily Wise
Even if Massachusetts could put the state law back together again, there’s no guarantee the federal government would pick up at least half the cost, as it did in 2006.

lundi 6 février 2017

Child Psychiatrist: How To Talk To Kids About Trump Executive Order On Travel

Child Psychiatrist: How To Talk To Kids About Trump Executive Order On Travel
"Most important of all, avoid the self/other messiness that drives a lot of the nastiest aspects of our current national mood," writes Dr. Steve Schlozman.

vendredi 3 février 2017

The Latest Thinking On How To Prevent Cancer, From Smoking And Diet To Sleep And Aspirin

The Latest Thinking On How To Prevent Cancer, From Smoking And Diet To Sleep And Aspirin
You know about smoking, but did you know about the roles that obesity and sleep play in cancer? There's no such thing as perfect prevention, but experts believe preventable factors play a role in over half of cancers.

If We Doctors Would Never Let Our Kids Play Football, Is It Moral To Watch The NFL?

If We Doctors Would Never Let Our Kids Play Football, Is It Moral To Watch The NFL?
The author asked his Harvard med school classmates: Would you let your child play football? In a landslide, they said no. Even those who were eagerly rooting for their Super Bowl team.

10 Questions To Ask When Searching For The Best Prostate Cancer Care

10 Questions To Ask When Searching For The Best Prostate Cancer Care
Experts are beginning to agree about what matters for prostate cancer patients. These measures may help you assess the quality of a urologist or oncologist as you seek the best care.

The 'Nantucket Effect'? Latest Cancer Stats Find Island's Death Rate Has Plummeted

The 'Nantucket Effect'? Latest Cancer Stats Find Island's Death Rate Has Plummeted
The island of Nantucket off the Massachusetts coast seems to be doing something right: Its cancer death rate has dropped by 42 percent over the last roughly 25 years, while the national rate dropped 20 percent.

jeudi 2 février 2017

Oncology Nurses Face New Stresses, Increasingly Critical Role

Oncology Nurses Face New Stresses, Increasingly Critical Role
The job of the nurse in cancer care is now even more demanding -- and in the next few years, that pressure could be compounded by a shortage of oncologists.

mercredi 1 février 2017

IBM Uses Supercomputer Watson Technology To Track — And Fight — Cancer

IBM Uses Supercomputer Watson Technology To Track — And Fight — Cancer
The company recently started a five-year, $50 million partnership with the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT to study drug-resistant cancers.

Venture Capital Firm CEO: 'There's No Better Time To Do Drug Discovery' For Cancer Treatments

Venture Capital Firm CEO: 'There's No Better Time To Do Drug Discovery' For Cancer Treatments
"There are patients out there who need new solutions," said Dr. Bob Tepper, who added that though drug discovery is "inherently risky," there have been many recent breakthroughs related to new cancer drugs.

mardi 31 janvier 2017

Opinion: For The Sake Of Public Health, The President Must Embrace The World

Opinion: For The Sake Of Public Health, The President Must Embrace The World
B.U. School of Public Health dean: President Trump's isolationist policy builds walls and places the U.S. in opposition to the trend of international cooperation that has created a safer, healthier world.

Concerns That Rosy Direct-To-Consumer Ads Hype Cancer Drugs To Vulnerable Patients

Concerns That Rosy Direct-To-Consumer Ads Hype Cancer Drugs To Vulnerable Patients
An oncologist worries that rosy ads for new cancer drugs could raise the hopes of very vulnerable patients unrealistically.

lundi 30 janvier 2017

Beth Israel And Lahey Health Again Propose Merger

Beth Israel And Lahey Health Again Propose Merger
It's the fourth time in at least six years that word has surfaced of a deal between these two major systems. It could be the largest hospital merger in Massachusetts since the mid-1990s.

What Questions Do You Have About Cancer Research, Treatment Or Care?

What Questions Do You Have About Cancer Research, Treatment Or Care?
As part of our This Moment In Cancer series, we're looking the dramatic advances in cancer care as well as continued challenges. What questions do you have about cancer that you'd like us to investigate?

From The 'Lowest Of Lows' To The 'Highest Of Highs': Navigating A New Reality After A Cancer Turnaround

From The 'Lowest Of Lows' To The 'Highest Of Highs': Navigating A New Reality After A Cancer Turnaround
Some new cancer treatments can have miraculous results for some patients. But because the long-term prognosis with these new medications is still not clear, even after going into remission patients can be on an emotional roller coaster.

As Cancer Drugs' Prices Skyrocket, Experts Worry About Burden On Patients, Health Systems

As Cancer Drugs' Prices Skyrocket, Experts Worry About Burden On Patients, Health Systems
New cancer drugs are being approved at a fast past -- and new research shows that these drugs now carry price tags between $120,000 to $170,000, reporter Richard Knox explains.

Fantasy No Longer: Blood Biopsies Detect Tumor DNA, Could Catch Cancer Earlier

Fantasy No Longer: Blood Biopsies Detect Tumor DNA, Could Catch Cancer Earlier
"It seems so far-fetched," one researcher says, "that out of a small tube of blood you could have a lens into a tumor somewhere else in the body." But it's possible.

What If We Really Knew Where To Get The Best Cancer Care: The Prostate As Case Study

What If We Really Knew Where To Get The Best Cancer Care: The Prostate As Case Study
While scientists press for breakthroughs in cancer treatments, patients still have no idea which doctors or hospitals deliver the best care.

How Researchers Are Putting The Body's Own Army To Work To Fight Cancer

How Researchers Are Putting The Body's Own Army To Work To Fight Cancer
Researchers are increasingly pinning their hopes on a new treatment strategy: using the immune system to hunt down and kill cancer cells wherever they are in the body.

‘It’s Not An Even Playing Field’: How Financial Instability Takes A Toll On Cancer Patients

‘It’s Not An Even Playing Field’: How Financial Instability Takes A Toll On Cancer Patients
In a time of dramatic advances in cancer research and treatment, financial instability can still undermine results.

From The War On Cancer To The Moonshot: 'What's Different Now Is Everything'

From The War On Cancer To The Moonshot: 'What's Different Now Is Everything'
Although there’s no “cure” around the corner, the prospects for tomorrow’s cancer patients are looking significantly brighter.

vendredi 27 janvier 2017

Why I'm Boycotting The Super Bowl: The NFL's Backward Attitude Toward Medical Pot

Why I'm Boycotting The Super Bowl: The NFL's Backward Attitude Toward Medical Pot
The NFL shouldn't punish its players for seeking non-opioid alternatives -- like marijuana -- to manage their pain, writes the mother of a son with Crohn's disease whose condition has been helped by weed.

jeudi 26 janvier 2017

Health Officials Report Mysterious Cluster Of Amnesia In Mass. Drug Users

Health Officials Report Mysterious Cluster Of Amnesia In Mass. Drug Users
Over four years, 14 patients were seen at Massachusetts hospitals with an uncommon amnesia that is like severe short-term memory loss, and changes to a key brain memory center. Thirteen of the 14 also had a history of drug use.

Opinion: Trump's Reinstated ‘Global Gag Rule’ On Abortion Is Cruelest To The Poorest

Opinion: Trump's Reinstated ‘Global Gag Rule’ On Abortion Is Cruelest To The Poorest
Pregnancy is far more dangerous in poor countries, and that's what makes the restored “global gag rule” so cruel, writes the author, who has seen many new mothers in poor countries die.

Baker's Health Price Cap Plan May Be Seen As A Hybrid Between A Free And Regulated Market

Baker's Health Price Cap Plan May Be Seen As A Hybrid Between A Free And Regulated Market
The governor's budget attempts to tackle costs associated with a shift in residents switching from employer health coverage to MassHealth.

mardi 24 janvier 2017

Call It Obamacare Or The Trump Act, I Just Want My Patients To Be Able To Get Care

Call It Obamacare Or The Trump Act, I Just Want My Patients To Be Able To Get Care
"Universal care – health care that is accessible and affordable for everyone – is good for our national soul. It is the central hallmark of a civil and civilized society."

lundi 23 janvier 2017

Opinion: Study Finds Obamacare First Year Brought Coverage To 4 Million Sickest, Now At Risk

Opinion: Study Finds Obamacare First Year Brought Coverage To 4 Million Sickest, Now At Risk
Among the sickest Americans, the first year of Obamacare brought coverage for 4 million, but 12 million continued to lack insurance, and the racial gaps remained huge.

dimanche 22 janvier 2017

Reporter's Notebook: Moscow Déjà Vu As Grandmas Join March In Boston

Reporter's Notebook: Moscow Déjà Vu As Grandmas Join March In Boston
I saw grandmothers on the march before in Russia in 1991. And now I'm seeing them again.

vendredi 20 janvier 2017

Q&A: What Would End Of Obamacare Mean For Experiments With How Doctors Are Paid?

Q&A: What Would End Of Obamacare Mean For Experiments With How Doctors Are Paid?
If you care about your spiraling medical costs, you have to care about attempts to change the $3-trillion health care system to bring them down while still improving your care. As Obamacare ends, what becomes of these experiments?

jeudi 19 janvier 2017

Opinion: Pink-Hat Knitting As Antidote For Post-Election Depression

Opinion: Pink-Hat Knitting As Antidote For Post-Election Depression
"Every time I saw another tweet about America’s shifting nuclear policy, I picked up my knitting and breathed easier."

mercredi 18 janvier 2017

Tough Reception For Baker In Bid To Control Health Care Costs

Tough Reception For Baker In Bid To Control Health Care Costs
Gov. Baker's plan would charge employers with 11 or more employees $2,000 for every full-time worker not covered by a company insurance plan.

Watch Live: Hearing For Tom Price, Trump's Health Secretary Pick

Watch Live: Hearing For Tom Price, Trump's Health Secretary Pick
Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, goes before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

mardi 17 janvier 2017

Gov. Baker Plans Measures To Address Escalating MassHealth Costs

Gov. Baker Plans Measures To Address Escalating MassHealth Costs
Companies that do not offer their employees health insurance would pay a $2,000 assessment per full-time worker to the state under a plan the governor plans to offer.

vendredi 13 janvier 2017

From MIT Press: 10 Topics Every 21st-Century Citizen Should Know About

From MIT Press: 10 Topics Every 21st-Century Citizen Should Know About
Want to know what you need to know? An MIT Press series on "Essential Knowledge" selects those topics, particularly in technology and science.

Opinion: Why Trump's Ties To Anti-Vaccine Kennedy Infuriate Even The Nicest Doctors

Opinion: Why Trump's Ties To Anti-Vaccine Kennedy Infuriate Even The Nicest Doctors
An infectious disease specialist says that having anti-vaccine crusader Robert F. Kennedy Jr. lead a vaccine safety panel would be like asking Bernie Madoff to manage the Federal Reserve from his prison cell.

The Corpse Under The Kitchen Table For Over A Year, And Isolation As Symptom

The Corpse Under The Kitchen Table For Over A Year, And Isolation As Symptom
A case of such extreme isolation that a corpse was not removed from a recluse's house for more than a year recalls a recent study in JAMA finding that loneliness may actually be a symptom of developing Alzheimer's disease.

jeudi 12 janvier 2017

Baker Defends Parts Of Obamacare In Letter To U.S. House Majority Leader

Baker Defends Parts Of Obamacare In Letter To U.S. House Majority Leader
Baker, a moderate Republican, wrote to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy this week outlining his thoughts for how to "improve upon the goals" of the ACA, but stopped short of endorsing a full repeal of the health care law

In Memoriam: National Leader On Health Communication And A 'Beautiful Soul'

In Memoriam: National Leader On Health Communication And A 'Beautiful Soul'
CommonHealth mourns the passing of professor Tim Edgar, a generous spirit who died Jan. 2 after a car crash while on a public health mission in India.

Mass. Biotech Companies Concerned About Trump's 'Out-Of-Context' Drug Industry Comments

Mass. Biotech Companies Concerned About Trump's 'Out-Of-Context' Drug Industry Comments
Pharmaceutical stocks slipped just after President-elect Donald Trump's statements on Wednesday.

lundi 9 janvier 2017

Mass. Planned Parenthood Estimates Federal Defunding Would Cut $2 Million A Year In Payments

Mass. Planned Parenthood Estimates Federal Defunding Would Cut $2 Million A Year In Payments
Republicans on Capitol Hill are again preparing to try to defund Planned Parenthood, and many believe they have the best chance of succeeding in a long time.

vendredi 6 janvier 2017

Living With Incurable Cancer, Not Wanting To Miss A Moment — Even Needle Biopsy

Living With Incurable Cancer, Not Wanting To Miss A Moment — Even Needle Biopsy
David Kimball was diagnosed four years ago with Stage 4 lung cancer. He doesn't want to lose a moment of his time -- even during a lung biopsy -- so he skips the routine sedation.

As GOP Threatens To Repeal ACA, It's An Uncertain Future For Mass. Health Connector

As GOP Threatens To Repeal ACA, It's An Uncertain Future For Mass. Health Connector
The head of the Massachusetts Health Connector, Louis Gutierrez, says no matter what happens with the ACA, the Connector is committed to providing affordable coverage.

jeudi 5 janvier 2017

Vermont Governor Who Backed End-Of-Life Law Reveals Own Dad Died With Aid

Vermont Governor Who Backed End-Of-Life Law Reveals Own Dad Died With Aid
Gov. Peter Shumlin, who threw his political weight behind the state's law, says, "He wanted to go out with dignity and so we honored his wish.”

Study: Patients With Mental Illnesses Wait Significantly Longer Inside Mass. Emergency Rooms

Study: Patients With Mental Illnesses Wait Significantly Longer Inside Mass. Emergency Rooms
Researchers found patients with mental health issues waited an average of 16 to 21 hours for inpatient treatment, while patients with physical health problems waited about four hours.

mardi 3 janvier 2017

Regulators Weigh New Medical Marijuana Rules, Including Allowing Nurse Practitioners To Certify Patients

Regulators Weigh New Medical Marijuana Rules, Including Allowing Nurse Practitioners To Certify Patients
Another proposal regulators are debating is whether to lift a ban on the public posting of prices at dispensaries.