BHN exclusive: Mass docs pitch products to investors

 Kids like things that light up, like the twinkling sneakers. But the illuminated catheter that Dr. Farhad Imam told investors about yesterday is designed for pediatricians, not kids. Imam, a fellow in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children's Hospital, was one of the presenters at Monday's "Early-Stage Life Sciences Technology Conference" at Harvard Medical … Continue reading BHN exclusive: Mass docs pitch products to investors

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BHN Exclusive: Health inequalities are not black and white

           I happened to check out a campus event on inequality and health after teaching my NU class last week. What I learned is that color is an issue, but not the only issue.             Latinos, people from Asia and the Pacific islands, gays and people with developmental disabilities also have concerns. (This last definition was … Continue reading BHN Exclusive: Health inequalities are not black and white

Home health care’s really bad apples

  My sisters and I took care of our elderly father during his last years. He needed help long before he needed a nursing home. So, like anyone who has looked into home care, I know that it is a costly, complicated endeavor. Plus, my father did things like get a crushes on the aides. … Continue reading Home health care’s really bad apples

WSJ rips Mass Connector health plan

Today's editorial in the conservative Wall Street Journal opinion section rips into the Mass health plan. Their argument is based on the old claim equating government attempts at control costs to rationing. They also embrace the new party line: cost controls and evidence-based medicine means Big Brother won't let you get that MRI. Single payer folks - most … Continue reading WSJ rips Mass Connector health plan

Conflict of interest tsunami continues

The Globe has been all over the Congressional investigation into conflicts of interest in medical research.  Today's paper has a story on Tufts administrators apparently refusing to sit on a campus panel on the topic because it would also include an aide to US Senator Charles Grassley. The Republican lawmaker is leading the probe, which is  looking at … Continue reading Conflict of interest tsunami continues

Last stop. Please take your belongings and your patients’ medical records

That headline was too hard to resist.  From today's Globe Paperwork containing the personal medical information of at least 66 patients at Massachusetts General Hospital was lost this month when an employee apparently left it on an MBTA train. The hospital sent out letters last week to patients whose identities were included in the lost … Continue reading Last stop. Please take your belongings and your patients’ medical records

Food, glorious (local) food

Both the soundtrack to "Oliver!" and the local foods movement make me happy.  People are joining community-supported farms and trying to avoid food shipped in from far away. Even the Harvest Co-op, after struggling for years, is healthier. Today's NYTimes business section leads with this story.    After being largely ignored for years by Washington, advocates … Continue reading Food, glorious (local) food