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.