Chemobrain: How Cancer Therapies Can Affect Your Mind

  Once a science writer, always a science writer. Ellen Clegg, an editor at The Boston Globe, said she got the idea for her new book when a friend with breast cancer started complaining about "chemobrain." Clegg sensed a medical puzzle. The former health editor did some digging and found new and ongoing research asking - do … Continue reading Chemobrain: How Cancer Therapies Can Affect Your Mind

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Can computers save the health care system?

Obama's team is relying heavily on HIT - health information technology -- to bring some sense to the system. The approach takes aim at big problems, including administrative costs, medical errors and inefficiencies. It also promises to help doctors stay up on the science of what works and what doesn't. Your hospital may have the newest, … Continue reading Can computers save the health care system?

Details emerge on White House health reform plans

 3 p.m. update -- HHS budget summary released today.   Lots of advance reporting in today's papers on health care proposals in the pending White House budget. (The Globe ran a version of The Washington Post story inside)  Here's a sample:  WSJ The cuts in health-care spending would affect managed-care companies, prescription-drug manufacturers and hospitals, according … Continue reading Details emerge on White House health reform plans

Boston’s Blumenthal and Obama’s health plan

Dr. David Blumenthal  of Harvard's Institute for Health Policy is one of Obama's health policy advisors.  Check out the Institute's website for details. You'll hear echoes of last night's speech. Dr. Blumenthal, founding director of IHP, and Dr. (James) Morone, chairman and professor of political science at Brown University, analyzed recently-released tapes of President Lyndon Johnson’s conversations in … Continue reading Boston’s Blumenthal and Obama’s health plan

Budget deficit and health reform

This morning's Boston Globe has a big headline:  Summit vows healthcare push : Obama goal to insure millions intended to save money later  So, I decided to look at how other papers are playing Obama's approach to health care and the federal budget. The Newseum makes that easy. The D.C. museum posts front pages from around … Continue reading Budget deficit and health reform

Secret meetings and health reform

So, I'm not The New York Times, which means I'm not the first journalist insiders go to with internal White House memos. Those go to Robert Pear at the Times, who recently gave us a peek inside the workings of the Obama health reform team.  (See "Backstory" on the NYT page for an audio inteview with Pear --  a … Continue reading Secret meetings and health reform

The Boston Globe on infectious diseases

A lot of good infectious disease reporting in the Globe today, starting with Stephen Smith's story on a recent case at MGH.    Massachusetts General Hospital waited four days before alerting Boston health authorities that a wave of gastrointestinal illness was sweeping through patients and staff on one floor. The delay earlier this week is an apparent … Continue reading The Boston Globe on infectious diseases