Lilly funds 60 Boston docs

From The Boston Globe: At least 60 Massachusetts doctors collectively have earned more than a half-million dollars this year as speakers paid by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. - including two Boston Medical Center physicians whose participation is being reviewed for possible violation of a hospital policy against marketing activities by its doctors. After … Continue reading Lilly funds 60 Boston docs

Mass residents still like the state’s health insurance program

...just not as much. Support for the program has actually dropped a bit. This from a Globe/Harvard poll. Public support for Massachusetts’ closely watched health insurance overhaul has slipped over the past year, a new poll indicates, but residents still support the path-breaking 2006 law by a 2-to-1 ratio. The comments on this sound like a … Continue reading Mass residents still like the state’s health insurance program

Infectious disease and Bostonians from Africa

Passing this along from the Running a Hospital blog, which is run by BIDMC chief Paul Levy.  According to World Health Organization reports, nearly half of deaths due to infectious diseases globally, occur in the Sub- Saharan Africa. Particularly, of all the people infected globally by various diseases, 89% of those infected by malaria, 77% of … Continue reading Infectious disease and Bostonians from Africa

Kennedy aide to serve in Senate until Jan. election.

Long-time Kennedy aide Paul Kirk will replaces his late boss until the special election in January For impact on health bill, see Globe politics blog. The Duke weighs in. For more on Kirk, also from the Globe (Massachusetts Governor Deval) Patrick has remained mum about his selection, but Kirk entered the governor's office through a side door at … Continue reading Kennedy aide to serve in Senate until Jan. election.

Ghost writing at NEJM

The Globe's White Coat Notes reports thatThe New England Journal of Medicine is disputing "findings from a rival journal's survey that says there were more ghostwritten articles at the Waltham-based publication than at five other prominent journals. "We take matters of authorship very seriously," New England Journal spokeswoman Jennifer Zeis said in an e-mailed statement. "We … Continue reading Ghost writing at NEJM

Caution or stubbornness? Boston docs shun new heart procedure

Boston-area docs are known for their reluctance to adopt new procedures. The Washington Post reports that holds true for a new approach to angioplasty. Instead of steering the catheter into the coronary arteries through the groin, some docs go through the wrist. Questions about the best method of performing cardiac catheterizations, one of the most … Continue reading Caution or stubbornness? Boston docs shun new heart procedure

Minnesota looks at the Massachusetts mandate

Greetings fellow lab rats. Read on from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Democrats highlight the expansion of coverage; about 97 percent of Massachusetts residents have insurance, compared with 85 percent nationally. Republicans, including Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, ding it for spending too much; Massachusetts had to scale back its coverage goals this year in the face of … Continue reading Minnesota looks at the Massachusetts mandate