Tuesday, Globe series targets racial disparities in health care. Conclusion: The color line exists in sickness as in health.

The Boston Globe's series on race focuses on health disparities on Tuesday. Though the issue gets scant attention in this center of world-class medicine, segregation patterns are deeply imbedded in Boston health care. Simply put: If you are black in Boston, you are less likely to get care at several of the city’s elite hospitals … Continue reading Tuesday, Globe series targets racial disparities in health care. Conclusion: The color line exists in sickness as in health.

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Two babies, two rattles, one heart. The complicated decision to separate conjoined twins when only one will survive

Oscar J. Benavidez, MD, the MGH pediatric cardiologist  involved in a difficult separation of conjoined twin girls, remembers a painful moment on the day of surgery. When the joined babies were rolled into the OR, each was holding a rattle. He and the others knew: only one of them would leave the operating room alive. … Continue reading Two babies, two rattles, one heart. The complicated decision to separate conjoined twins when only one will survive

12/5 live forum: Health researchers and payers are way ahead on big data. But, can they keep it secure?

From health data pioneer John Halamka, who will be part of this panel: The new threats to information security and integrity are state sponsored cyberterrorism, hackivism and organized crime.  Every CIO I know loses sleep over these threats.  Let’s work together to identify emerging threats, implement best practices for mitigating risks and investigate promising new … Continue reading 12/5 live forum: Health researchers and payers are way ahead on big data. But, can they keep it secure?

Tonight 11/20: Heart disease and inflammation explained to you, not in a lecture hall but in an Irish pub

From the Science by the Pint website. Full schedule below Dr. Peter Libby of Harvard Medical School Fanning the Flames: New Links Between Inflammation and Heart Disease Monday, November 20th, 6:30-8:30 at The Burren (247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144) (directions) Half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. For decades, … Continue reading Tonight 11/20: Heart disease and inflammation explained to you, not in a lecture hall but in an Irish pub

Latest news on diabetes epidemic. Live webcast from HSPH Tuesday 11/14

More here. Tune in Tuesday 11/14 at 12pm ET to hear our expert panelist Elizabeth Halprin from @JoslinDiabetes Center discuss the latest treatments for #diabetes

Will a legislative study put Massachusetts on the path to single-payer? Supporters head to Beacon Hill to push for it.

Tucked inside the health care bill passed by the state Senate is a provision to study the possibility of a  single-payer health care system. The bill's cost control measures are getting all the attention. From the Globe:   The 100-page bill attempts to help struggling community hospitals by setting a floor for the reimbursements they receive from … Continue reading Will a legislative study put Massachusetts on the path to single-payer? Supporters head to Beacon Hill to push for it.

Mainers choose Medicaid expansion, but will they get it?

Our neighbors to the north have been trying to expand their Medicaid program for years. Lawmakers would endorse it; Republican Gov. Paul LePage would veto it. Apparently that is no longer an option, but he has vowed to find a way.  More from The New York Times At least 80,000 additional Maine residents will become eligible … Continue reading Mainers choose Medicaid expansion, but will they get it?