FRONTLINE: Can Camden, New Jersey save health care?

During a recent interview with BHN, organizers with Health Care for All mentioned a project in Camden, New Jersey that identified and targeted high cost patients. The Massachusetts group is considering doing the same here to show that it is possible to lower costs and improve care. This week, Boston doc and New Yorker writer Atul … Continue reading FRONTLINE: Can Camden, New Jersey save health care?

Harvard Med appoints LGBT advisors

Harvard Medical School has appointed two professors -- Drs. Harvey J. Makadon and Graham T. McMahon-- to act as LGBT advisors to lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender medical students. Harvey J. Makadon, MD, is  director of education and training at The Fenway Institute, the research arm of  gay-friendly Fenway Community Health in Boston. Graham T. … Continue reading Harvard Med appoints LGBT advisors

Tufts research: Does Sleepytime tea really make you sleepy?

From Nature Network Boston. Works for me, but if you need more than anecdotal evidence, researchers Diane McKay and Jeffrey Blumberg at the US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University have gathered some for you. From the USDA's Agricultural Research magazine. One popular herbal, chamomile tea, has long been … Continue reading Tufts research: Does Sleepytime tea really make you sleepy?

#WBUR: When young people get #cancer

WBUR's On Point is about to begin a segment on young people and cancer. Guest include two women who made a film based on their late friend's life and Dr. Stuart Goldman, psychiatrist at Children’s Hospital Boston. If you miss this morning's show, it repeats tonight or you can listen onlin.  

Harvard prof targets sperm tails in search for male contraceptive

From the NY Times: Male contraceptives are attracting growing interest from scientists, who believe they hold promise for being safe, effective and, also important, reversible...While male contraception has been studied before, no method met the stringent safety and effectiveness criteria that female methods do. It was also unclear whether men would use them.  Now, scientific advances … Continue reading Harvard prof targets sperm tails in search for male contraceptive

Is MIT’s Gruber an objective source on Massachusetts health reform?

In this week's heat wave edition of Health Wonk Review, John C. Goodman --  the self-described "Father of Health Savings Accounts"  -- gets  steamed over the what he sees as the limits of Mass health reform. He says it amounts to little more than "moving money from one bucket to another." Goodman is is president and founder of … Continue reading Is MIT’s Gruber an objective source on Massachusetts health reform?

NatNetBoston: Why no comment on Kolata’s New York Times cancer stories?

Nature Network Boston ponders why we're hearing little comment on the NYTimes story on the failure of personalized medicine.  Here's some from GoozNews: I’ve been covering this subject for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (subscription required). As I noted in a recent article: Though hundreds of studies have appeared in the medical literature … Continue reading NatNetBoston: Why no comment on Kolata’s New York Times cancer stories?