Globe to Romney: Don’t flip-flop on Mass health plan

A staff editorial in The Globe gushes over the state health plan and asks Mitt Romney to stick up for it. Warning: The headline might stick a Tammy Wynette song in your head.  MITT ROMNEY is coming under increasing pressure from leading conservatives to renounce his decision to sign the Massachusetts health reform law. Romney, who … Continue reading Globe to Romney: Don’t flip-flop on Mass health plan

Mukherjee to speak on cancer book this week in Harvard Square

Oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee,will read from "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer"  on Thursday Dec. 2 at Harvard Book Store.  He says the book grew out of a journal he kept during a Dana-Farber/ Mass. General fellowship. For details and links, see Nature Network Boston.

Maine senators join health reform lawsuit

 The Portland Press-Herald reports: Snowe was concerned with the concept of government mandating an individual purchase of something, especially because she did not believe health insurance would be sufficiently affordable, her office has said. Snowe and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., tried to amend the reform to reduce the number of people subject to the mandate … Continue reading Maine senators join health reform lawsuit

Haitian mental health team wins caregiver award

 The Mass-based Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care was set up in 1994 by a lung cancer patient who learned that “the smallest acts of kindness made the unbearable bearable.” Each year, the center gives out an award. This year’s winner is the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Haitian Mental Health Team, “a multidisciplinary team of caregivers who … Continue reading Haitian mental health team wins caregiver award

BHN roundup: HIV, HIT, high deductibles and football

People with high deductable health plans tend to delay care, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study lists a lot of Boston authors who looked at a local health plan. (Sometime we need to confirm the obvious.) Find the abstract here. Check out Nature Network Boston for a post on … Continue reading BHN roundup: HIV, HIT, high deductibles and football

The side effects of romantic comedies

Slightly off topic but fun: Globe movie reviewer Ty Burr uses a drug insert format --  including a list of side effects -- to write about the film ”Love and other Drugs.” (FYI, he gives it two and a half stars.) WARNING: Prolonged exposure to “Love & Other Drugs,’’ a romantic comedy-drama about the ups and … Continue reading The side effects of romantic comedies

Massachusetts releases database of drug company payments to docs

Not so long ago, it was practically impossible to find out  if a doctor or scientist was on the drug maker’s payroll. The concern? Conflicts of interest threatened to inject bias into both research and care.  And, sometimes, they did.    So, some universities asked researchers to report outside payments. Public schools might release spotty records. Then, … Continue reading Massachusetts releases database of drug company payments to docs