#Internet-based data can help track the #flu when official data lags

A new paper from a team led but Mauricio Santillana, a mathematician, and member of the computational health informatics team at Boston Children’s Hospital, offers this in a new paper: We show that information from Internet-based data sources, when combined using an informed, robust methodology, can be effectively used as early indicators of influenza activity … Continue reading #Internet-based data can help track the #flu when official data lags

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Patients advocates gone wild! Internet offers new tools to those who disagree with science in the news.

From our MIT friends over at Undark. Patient advocates and reporters take note.   On the "public radio show Science Friday, host Ira Flatow and his guest, Popular Science senior editor Sophie Bushwick, built on Chodosh’s (cell phones and health) story. “There’s no strong evidence to suggest that these devices aren’t safe,” said Flatow. “It's creating … Continue reading Patients advocates gone wild! Internet offers new tools to those who disagree with science in the news.

ICYMI: The #Boston Globe series on race included a look at our #hospitals, where “the color line persists.”

Hospitals story, quoted below,  here. Entire series here.  Patients fly in from all over the country to get care at Massachusetts General Hospital. Yet, most black Bostonians don’t travel the five to 10 miles from their neighborhoods to take advantage of the hospital’s immense medical resources. Just 11 percent of Bostonians admitted to the city’s largest … Continue reading ICYMI: The #Boston Globe series on race included a look at our #hospitals, where “the color line persists.”

Events this week: #Healthcare, #diversity and #selfdrivingcars

In Somerville tonight  The Scientists of The Fenway Institute On Diversity and Doctors: The Science of Inclusive Healthcare Monday, January 29th, 6:30-8:00pm at The Burren (247 Elm St, Somerville MA 02144) (directions) People are diverse; healthcare should reflect that diversity. Founded in 1971 on the belief that “healthcare is a right, not a privilege”, Fenway … Continue reading Events this week: #Healthcare, #diversity and #selfdrivingcars

KHN: Now that the Massachusetts Medical Society has”rescinded its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide,” others may follow

As Doctors Drop Opposition, Aid-In-Dying Advocates Target Next Battleground States Melissa Bailey, Kaiser Health News When the end draws near, Dr. Roger Kligler, a retired physician with incurable, metastatic prostate cancer, wants the option to use a lethal prescription to die peacefully in his sleep. As he fights for the legal right to do that, … Continue reading KHN: Now that the Massachusetts Medical Society has”rescinded its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide,” others may follow

#Flu cases are #declining in #Massachusetts while they are rising nationally.

Massachusetts January 19 report. Provider offices across the US report the amount of influenza‐like illness (ILI) they see in their patients each week during regular flu season.  These outpatient providers’ offices, which include doctors' offices, school health services, and community health centers, are called 'sentinel sites.’  Here we present Massachusetts sentinel site data.  Please note that the data … Continue reading #Flu cases are #declining in #Massachusetts while they are rising nationally.

Jonathan Fine, MD, of Cambridge, one of the founders of Physicians for Human Right, died last week: “We’re never going to be deprived of an opportunity to combat injustice.”

The Globe reports the death of Jonathan Fine, MD, one of the founders of Physicians for Human right, which the paper describes as a "worldwide advocacy organization." Over the past three decades, the organization has investigated and documented the medical effects of war crimes and mass atrocities in more than 60 nations around the world … Continue reading Jonathan Fine, MD, of Cambridge, one of the founders of Physicians for Human Right, died last week: “We’re never going to be deprived of an opportunity to combat injustice.”