KHN: In Vermont, Redirecting Family Planning Funds Could Undercut STD Fight

From Kaiser Health News By Michelle Andrews A Trump administration effort to shift family planning funding toward groups that may not provide comprehensive services and away from organizations that provide abortions could cripple other federal efforts to curb an explosion in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), some public health officials fear. “This is the perfect storm, … Continue reading KHN: In Vermont, Redirecting Family Planning Funds Could Undercut STD Fight

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Health insurance premiums going down in Massachusetts for individuals? State says end of federal subsidies will “challenge” this trend.

From the Massachusetts Center for Health Information:  CHIA found that, overall, the individual purchaser market segment experienced decreases in average premiums (-3.4%) and cost-sharing (-8.0%) between 2015 and 2016. CHIA also found that unsubsidized plans experienced higher premium growth and larger cost-sharing increases than ConnectorCare Plan.  (State's subsidized health insurance exchange.) ...Overall financial trends for … Continue reading Health insurance premiums going down in Massachusetts for individuals? State says end of federal subsidies will “challenge” this trend.

Rocking the health news at The Boston Globe and STAT.

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.

As digital health matures, so does the population. Boston meeting looks @dhealth2018 and aging.

The BIO meeting is getting all the attention, but across town, today's dhealth Summit bills itself as a " national forum for health and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, senior care advocates and policymakers to exchange ideas, create new relationships, and foster disruptive technological and process innovations to improve the lives of the nation’s aging population." Watch … Continue reading As digital health matures, so does the population. Boston meeting looks @dhealth2018 and aging.

The health press releases that go straight to the junk folder. Some good ideas with no Boston link. Lots of true junk!

The exclamation point is a red flag. Editors tell freelance writers to read the publication before pitching a stories. I guess the stakes are lower for PR email blasts. Below find a sample from senders the BHN directs to the trash. A few good ones get caught up in the screen. (Here's some help on … Continue reading The health press releases that go straight to the junk folder. Some good ideas with no Boston link. Lots of true junk!

Reading: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.

From STAT,  adapted from “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.”  Author Carl Zimmer will be at Harvard Book Store. 7 pm,  5/30  Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract. "Thousands of species of microbes can live a single spoonful of soil. Although microbiologists have been naming species of bacteria … Continue reading Reading: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.

Tuesday at 11 am: At MIT, they ask: “Who doesn’t want another arm?”

At MIT:  Building 32, Room G449.   Details. Wearable robot arms. They are designed to augment your capabilities and dexterity through physical cooperation. These "Third Arms" are typically waist-mounted and designed to work in the volume directly in front of you, cooperating with your arms' actions. We are not developing fast or strong robots, rather we … Continue reading Tuesday at 11 am: At MIT, they ask: “Who doesn’t want another arm?”