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."