That's what Rudolph Tanzi, a prominent Alzheimer's researcher at MGH says about the work of Robert Moir, a member of his team. A story in STAT last week -- which ran in today's Globe - chronicles Moir's struggle to get funding for a theory that Alzheimer’s disease is a triggered by microbes in the brain. "If true, the … Continue reading STAT: :Neuroinflammation is where we’re going to find [Alzheimer’s] drugs.”
The state has set benchmarks for health care costs -- with a watchdog in the form of the state Health Policy Commission. Here's yesterday's news. The state attorney general’s office and the Department of Public Health on Thursday signaled that they are drafting conditions for the biggest health care merger proposed in Massachusetts in decades, … Continue reading Interested in efforts to control health costs? Pay attention to Massachusetts
The Cambridge Chronicle has a nice story on the hospital's history, along with some photos of the nuns who worked there. Shortly after its founding in 1948, Sancta Maria Hospital earned the nickname “the Red Sox hospital” because of the number of players who received care there. Initially located on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, a … Continue reading Once the “Red Sox hospital,” now a nursing home, Sancta Maria in Cambridge to close.
An incomplete list, but worth noting. Suicide rates up --How to get help Treating drug addiction with drugs --Five myths about addiction meds Community hospitals struggle to compete with better-paid rivals For smaller companies, a presence at BIO conference is a big deal STAT: The Gates Foundation rolls outs details of its new biotech, one … Continue reading Rocking the health news at The Boston Globe and STAT.
It's probably PI to call them this, but they are known as frequent flyers. An editorial in The Boston Globe this morning lauds a new program -- which calls them "Frequent Utilizers " -- aimed at helping hospital staff help patients who show up at the ED again and again. Researchers, police officers, and doctors … Continue reading Big data is big in health care. With #data from police and social services, #hospitals could help patients who constantly show up at the #ER.
From The Sunday NYTimes: When a police officer in Cambridge, Mass., punched a black male Harvard student in the stomach multiple times while subduing him this month, the nation was reminded yet again of how quickly confrontations between the police and civilians can intensify beyond what the situation seems to call for. (The student was … Continue reading NYTimes: How can police subdue a violent suspect without violence? Starr says look to hospital protocols for violent patients.
Three-printers and more. Gregory Loan is a simulation engineer at Boston Children's Hospital Simulator Program. He makes artificial body parts and mannequins for clinicians to practice on. More great video from STAT here. https://vimeo.com/246154160
In order to separate these two babies, who were joined at the chest, one had to die. The doctors told their story to a group of health writers last year. One detail stood out: when the babies were rolled into the operating room, each one was holding a rattle. Free, but registration required.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts tracks not only what it spends on Medicaid, but total health care spending. Modern Healthcare reports on the variation in care spending recently identified by the in Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. The highest-cost providers in Massachusetts spent nearly a third more per patient than their lowest-cost peers, mirroring the widespread cost variation … Continue reading Why does Partners cost more than other #Massachusetts #hospitals? Price variation revealed in new report.