Globe: How Mitt Romney came around to Massachusetts style health reform

The Globe has a loooong piece today just for those who don't cringe at the word " wonk" and like terms with the suffix -care. The story tells the tale of how, six years ago, then Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney came to the same conclusion as the Heritage Foundation -- the individual mandate is a compromise approach health … Continue reading Globe: How Mitt Romney came around to Massachusetts style health reform

Are fears of Alzheimer’s overblown?

Margaret Morganroth Gullette’s op-ed in last week’s NYTimes dared to suggest that our fears about Alzheimer’s may be overblown.  The Brandeis-based writer said:  The mere whiff of perceived memory loss can have terrible consequences in an insecure economy in which midlife workers are regularly (and illegally) laid off on account of their age. This epidemic … Continue reading Are fears of Alzheimer’s overblown?

Hospital cost and insurance premium comparison data up

With rising co-pays, consumers can literally save thousands of dollars by comparing prices at different hospitals. Here's the state makes it a little easier. The report examines the prices paid by private health plans for commercially insured members in three service categories: inpatient hospital care, outpatient hospital care, and physician and other professional services. In each … Continue reading Hospital cost and insurance premium comparison data up

Connected Chucks: Wired sneakers help Dot’ kids stay fit

A new state reports says what the Globe told us a few years back -- patients pay a premium as some hospitals. So, at least Partner's is spreading a little of that cash around.  This  program encourages kids to be active  by installing chips in their sneakers. The chips send datae of a "Step Meter"  which then … Continue reading Connected Chucks: Wired sneakers help Dot’ kids stay fit

Study: Increase in older women attempting suicide via drug overdose

Massachusetts and several other New England state participate in a federal project called the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), “a public health surveillance system that monitors drug-related hospital emergency department (ED) visits and drug-related deaths to track the impact of drug use, misuse, and abuse in the U.S.” The HHS project just released number that found the … Continue reading Study: Increase in older women attempting suicide via drug overdose

“Cell phone use while performing cardiopulmonary bypass” #cardiology

Not quite like a trip to the ATM during surgery, but... Not really Boston related, but stumbled on it and thought you should know. From the journal Perfusion. 2010 survey on cell phone use while performing cardiopulmonary bypass. Smith T, Darling E, Searles B. SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, USA. Abstract Cell phone use … Continue reading “Cell phone use while performing cardiopulmonary bypass” #cardiology

HSPH video w/ AG Eric Holder: Violence as a ublichealth issue