KHN: Trump Administration Sinks Teeth Into Paring Down #Drug #Prices

This story notes that CMS approved a Medicaid waiver from Oklahoma in June, but denied a Massachusetts request for a similar exception to existing rules.  Oklahoma’s plan would expand that to negotiate additional prescription price reductions based on value-based purchasing agreements. Still, CMS’ recent rejection of a related Massachusetts proposal makes it difficult to believe … Continue reading KHN: Trump Administration Sinks Teeth Into Paring Down #Drug #Prices

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Don’t like your #selfie? BU docs say more are asking for facial asymmetry and eyelid #surgery

The term "Snapchat dysmorphia" is a little deceiving.  Two BU plastic surgeons, writing   in a JAMA plastic surgery journal,  say:  A new phenomenon, dubbed “Snapchat dysmorphia,” has patients seeking out cosmetic surgery to look like filtered versions of themselves instead, with fuller lips, bigger eyes, or a thinner nose.7 This is an alarming trend because those filtered … Continue reading Don’t like your #selfie? BU docs say more are asking for facial asymmetry and eyelid #surgery

8/6 Science in the News in the summer in a bar in Somerville

From Science by the Pint Monday, August 6th, 6:30-8:00pm at The Burren (247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144) (directions) Dr. Elma Zaganjor, Ph.D. and Dr. Jessica Spinelli, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Scientists Dr. Marcia Haigis’s Lab, Harvard Medical School Fuel for the Fire: How cancer cells alter their metabolism during tumor development (247 Elm St, Somerville, … Continue reading 8/6 Science in the News in the summer in a bar in Somerville

Public health advocates at Harvard have some video recipes to help cooks stay on the healthy side.

Muffins,  farrow and more. A variety of diced vegetables are slow-roasted and mixed with whole-grain farro in this hearty, satisfying dish. You can easily change the recipe depending on the season, to include summer or winter produce and herbs. View the full recipe From Harvard Chan Cooks:       https://youtu.be/m5bIPn8H1nY   https://youtu.be/dc4RU7MCjmA     … Continue reading Public health advocates at Harvard have some video recipes to help cooks stay on the healthy side.

ProPublica: How some insurers use patient data against patients

ProPublica quotes Robert Greenwald, faculty director of Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, in a story about how insurance companies use the data they collect from enrollees. For example, as way of avoiding potentially high costs expensive patients -- so-called cherry picking Greenwald said: "Insurance companies still cherry-pick, but now they’re … Continue reading ProPublica: How some insurers use patient data against patients

Start you week off with an Improbable Research Table Talk –ice cream and science in the morning

This week: "The Neural Bases of Disgust for Cheese: An fMRI Study."   Marc Abrahams and Gus Rancatore.   Toscanini’s Ice Cream, 159 First St., Cambridge. A newish activity from the people behind the IgNobel Prizes, which are announced each September at a raucous, funny, one-of-a-kind ceremony.  At each Improbable Research Table Talk, Marc Abrahams(editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, … Continue reading Start you week off with an Improbable Research Table Talk –ice cream and science in the morning

Alzheimer’s drug promising? Page 1. Alzheimer’s drug not so promising? Page B12

Not sure how STAT played this on their site. In the the print version of The Boston Globe, it ran it on A1 Thursday Hopes rise again for a drug to slow Alzheimer’s disease The follow-up in today's print edition ran on B12, with this headline: Interpreting an Alzheimer's trial. Have yet to find in on … Continue reading Alzheimer’s drug promising? Page 1. Alzheimer’s drug not so promising? Page B12