KHN: Without proper monitoring, #contaminated #medicine makes patients sicker

By Sydney Lupkin, Kaiser Health News Photos by Heidi de Marco ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Despite the jackhammer-like rhythm of a mechanical ventilator, Alicia Moreno had dozed off in a chair by her 1-year-old’s hospital bed, when a doctor woke her with some bad news: The common stool softener her son, Anderson, was given months … Continue reading KHN: Without proper monitoring, #contaminated #medicine makes patients sicker

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Cancer on a tight budget and more: Catch up on #health news from the #Boston Globe and STATnews

From the Boston Globe Surgeon Dr. Jane Mendez told Cajuste she had invasive ductal carcinoma,the most common type of breast cancer. The mass was baseball-size, too big to safely remove, Mendez told Cajuste, then 56, and her daughter, Yasheena Bey, during a tearful appointment. Chemotherapy to shrink it was where her treatment journey would start. … Continue reading Cancer on a tight budget and more: Catch up on #health news from the #Boston Globe and STATnews

ProPublica: If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours

Note Mass General case. by Peter Gosselin, ProPublica, Dec. 28 Tom Steckel hunched over a laptop in the overheated basement of the state Capitol building in Pierre, South Dakota, early last week, trying to figure out how a newly awarded benefit claims contract will make it easier for him do his job.Steckel is South Dakota’s … Continue reading ProPublica: If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours

12/18/2018: Health events in Boston today

Thanks to Fred Hapgood and his thorough list of lectures. As always, double check times, locations and access. Noon.  "Can Machine-Learning Improve Cardiovascular Risk Prediction using Routine Clinical Data?"   Stephen F. Weng.   Countway Library 424.   Details, Registration.   This event will be streamed. 4p.  "The Role of Sex and Gender in Metabolic Health and Function."Deborah Clegg.   … Continue reading 12/18/2018: Health events in Boston today

Globe: Will court ruling on the #AffordableCareAct impact #Massachusetts?

This morning's Globe quotes Donald Berwick, MD, on the potential impact of last week's court ruling declaring the ACA unconstitutional in Massachusetts.  Readers not yet eligible for Medicare take note. ...Massachusetts relies on billions of dollars in federal funding every year to provide coverage to lower-income residents, and the state’s health care system is deeply … Continue reading Globe: Will court ruling on the #AffordableCareAct impact #Massachusetts?

KHN: Check Your Medical Records For Dangerous Errors

by Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News When Liz Tidyman’s elderly parents moved across the country to be closer to their children and grandchildren years ago, they carried their medical records with them in a couple of brown cardboard folders tied with string. Two days after their arrival, Tidyman’s father fell, which hadn’t happened before, and … Continue reading KHN: Check Your Medical Records For Dangerous Errors

Hello. I’m here: Globe reports on benefits of keeping #hospitalized #patients in the loop during #rounds.

Liz Kowalczyk reports on a BMJ study out of Boston Children's Hospital  Patient “rounds’’ — the crucial daily meetings when doctors and other caregivers determine treatment — often occur in hospital hallways and remote conference rooms. But a study led by Boston researchers concluded that it’s far safer to do rounds right at the bedside, … Continue reading Hello. I’m here: Globe reports on benefits of keeping #hospitalized #patients in the loop during #rounds.