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.