Latest Massachusetts flu updates

I can't get them up fast enough. So check in below. As of Thursday early afternoon, the Globe was reporting that the Lowell brothers -- the state's only 2 confirmed cases --did not infect anyone on their little league team. The Globe flu update.    Mass Dept. of Health     The New York Times has a "flu tracker"  map with updates. … Continue reading Latest Massachusetts flu updates

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All swine, all the time

That's the health news these days. AP reports the first U.S. death this morning. Here's the latest from the state. Here's the Globe's story. In Massachusetts, the more urgent question yesterday was whether four elementary school children with flu-like symptoms actually carry the virus that causes swine flu. Samples from the children - two each in … Continue reading All swine, all the time

Live chat with Brigham docs on swine flu this morning

Live chat with Brigham docs on swine flu at 11:30 via White Coat Notes You'll find updates on the local situation from the state health department here. As you absorb all the coverage of the outbreaks, keep in mind that this is a tough story to cover. How do we play it? Too much and we cause panic; … Continue reading Live chat with Brigham docs on swine flu this morning

Health care heroines, med school murder suspects and the grateful alive

If you can spare another click, you'll find my Week in Review at MassDevice.com. There, I comment on med school murder suspects, Phil Lesh and his liver and two very different points of view on the most important women in health care.

Boston Marathon medics and truckin’ down Comm Ave.

(Sorry, I went to a The Grateful Dead show this weekend. I will spare you any long, strange trip puns.)   WBUR's Martha Bebinger had a nice piece on Marathon medics yesterday: BOSTON - For runners, the Boston Marathon - the oldest in the country, with Heartbreak Hill and storied champions - is legendary. In public health circles, it's … Continue reading Boston Marathon medics and truckin’ down Comm Ave.

New digs for Boston LGBT health center

    Check out the new Fenway Health building, where patients can now get their teeth and eyes checked. Who knew a little gay health clinic would turn into a (near) Longwood presence? Click here for more info and photos.

Biotech subsidies: Which cat’s side are you on?

My week in review is up on the MassDevice.com site.  I talk about ob/gyn MRSA at BI, the Himmelhandlers in The Nation and a new biolab delay. (Note that today's Globe reports on more pediatric patient safety issues -- this time at MGH.)   One story I cover in the review is the "Stop Biotech Looting" campaign, launched by unionized electricians angry they're not … Continue reading Biotech subsidies: Which cat’s side are you on?