Health Wonk Review: Killer viruses and the undead public option

Killer viruses, computers that see all, and the undead public option. (Or, as Jon Stewart said last night --"It's alive!") Welcome to the haunted edition of the Health Wonk Review --  the  floating digest of posts from the health policy blogosphere. This week, we put the death back into death panels.  The health care system is an … Continue reading Health Wonk Review: Killer viruses and the undead public option

“The short red line gets long — Flu symptoms jump in Mass

BHN has been regularly updating an earlier post. But, it looks like it is time to put H1N1 back on the top of the queue.   11/5 New state weekly report: As illustrated in this week's report, we continue to see dramatic increases in the number of cases of Influenza-like illness (ILI) across the state. … Continue reading “The short red line gets long — Flu symptoms jump in Mass

Screening for Cancer Questioned

BHN thinks this it is huge that the American Cancer Society finally admitted that cancer screening sometimes leads to overdiagnosis. Or did they? This blog item from the Associations of Health Care Journalists notes that ACS backpedaled a day after the NYTimes reported on the society's change of heart. Check out their links too.   (Times writer Gina) Kolata’s story … Continue reading Screening for Cancer Questioned

Health reform, wired and unwired

There was a State House hearing scheduled today on bill to establish  a single payer health care system in the state. BHN missed it and can't find any reports. We'll keep looking. Here's the background from Mass Care. We are going to try to hit this wired health care meeting,  which takes place tomorrow and Friday … Continue reading Health reform, wired and unwired

BU prof raises questions about anti-tobacco efforts

BHN noted the name of Boston University's Dr. Michael Seigel in a recent NYTimes story on the link between smoking bans and heart disease. The study concluded that bans trigger a quick and robust drop in heart disease Seigel called the study "sensationalist." Scientists rarely call anything sensationalist. They tend to use terms like "overstated" or … Continue reading BU prof raises questions about anti-tobacco efforts

Health care protesters arrested at Newton insurance office

Both the Globe and a Newton paper had stories. This from the single-payer supporters at MassCare: Four Mass-Care activists were arrested at Cigna's offices in Newton yesterday, as part of a delegation of eleven health care advocates who were asking Cigna to sign a pledge that they will: 1) not use patients' premium dollars to … Continue reading Health care protesters arrested at Newton insurance office

Noticias sobre la vacuna contra la gripe H1N1, Massachusetts

10/28 Massachusetts Department of Health: Grupos prioritarios para la vacuna H1N1   10/20 Ayude a reducir el dolor de las vacunas contra la gripe de sus hijos Según los expertos, los ejercicios de relajación y las burbujas pueden ayudar a reducir el dolor 10/19 La gripe en televisión y radio Hace un par de semanas … Continue reading Noticias sobre la vacuna contra la gripe H1N1, Massachusetts