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

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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

Health events in Boston 10/23 to 10/28

Thanks to Fred Hapgood and Boston Science and Engineering Lectures for most of these listings.  And, as he notes, do check Harvard events as some may not be open to the public or be in buildings with limited access. Monday: A research program called the "Center for Cancer Evolution" is holding a kick off symposiums … Continue reading Health events in Boston 10/23 to 10/28

A Harvard panel makes prediction for the the future of the Affordable Care Act #HCR

https://youtu.be/AwTJtaozvbI The Panel Robert Blendon Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School Sheila Burke Chair, Government Relations and Public Policy Group, Baker Donelson, and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School Lanhee Chen Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Director of Domestic Policy Studies … Continue reading A Harvard panel makes prediction for the the future of the Affordable Care Act #HCR

Coming up: Midsummer Nights’ Science at the Broad Institute

Get out of the heat and learn about ancient DNA, cancer prevention and "how automated microscopes and advanced software may transform the drug discovery pipeline by providing new and more rapid insights into cellular biology." Midsummer Night's Science, which starts on Jule 12, is a summer treat -- insightful talks, AC and food at the … Continue reading Coming up: Midsummer Nights’ Science at the Broad Institute

Social determinants of health, data dominate Boston event hosted by Atlantic magazine

From Health Leaders Media The small crowd at Tuesday's "On the Front Lines of Healthcare" event in Boston included a patient activist, a state health systems analyst, and even a doctor who was in town for a gastroenterologist meeting. But the gathering, held in an airy space on 33rd floor of a downtown    high … Continue reading Social determinants of health, data dominate Boston event hosted by Atlantic magazine