NEJM: One man’s tragic try at “stem cell” therapy. Will we soon be seeing ads for overseas CRISPR clinics?

A local man has been crippled by a growth on his spine that developed after he traveled overseas to a so- called stem cell clinic. The growth was not from his own cells. So, not only is the treatment untested, doctors don't know what to do about the bad outcomes. Here's the technical explanation from … Continue reading NEJM: One man’s tragic try at “stem cell” therapy. Will we soon be seeing ads for overseas CRISPR clinics?

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2 Boston studies: Breast cancer costs and medical records benefits

After pushing mammograms for years, breast cancer advocates have had a hard time pulling back. Still the evidence keep piling up that message about surviving breast cancer is more complicated than early detection.  What this study by Boston researchers doesn't measure: the scores of women who say -- If there's a chance it's cancer, I … Continue reading 2 Boston studies: Breast cancer costs and medical records benefits

Coping with life in the snow maze #BOSnow

From CommonHealth Debating Vitamin D: Leading Docs Still Wrangling On Best Dose For Patients Globe on Snow Shoes for exercise. (It's too deep to x-country ski.)  Strap on your snowshoes and head out. Snowshoeing is one of the best winter exercises for staying fit, says Matt Heid, a contributing editor and blogger for the Appalachian … Continue reading Coping with life in the snow maze #BOSnow

Crumbs of pleasure: How to carry on after an unspeakable loss #grief

Tips on how to survive a sudden, life-altering loss. Sleep, sing, love. go outside and ban perfection. More from the CommonHealth blog. In 2014 I became a widow, and my two young children lost their father. Needless to say our perspective and priorities have shifted radically. Last year at this time, my New Year’s resolutions … Continue reading Crumbs of pleasure: How to carry on after an unspeakable loss #grief

@CommonHealth: Wikipedia and “energy” therapist clash over definition of “respectable scientific journals”

 We link to a CommonHealth guest post by a Spaulding Rehab doc Eric Leskowitz. He promotes new age approach to pain known as "energy medicine " and says he's  been dismissed by Wikipedia as a "quack" despite his peer-reviewed work and Harvard cred Hard to disagree with the first part of Wikipedia's response to a petition … Continue reading @CommonHealth: Wikipedia and “energy” therapist clash over definition of “respectable scientific journals”

Could lunch lady fare be healthier than school lunch from home?

Seems the fluffernutter  has moved from the cafeteria to the lunch sack. The Globe offers a story about the joys of getting a kid to eat a healthy lunch.   Tufts found that the contents of those brown bags sometime fall short on the nutrition scale. The nutritional shortcomings of school lunches have been a matter … Continue reading Could lunch lady fare be healthier than school lunch from home?

NYTimes Magazine: Recalling the debate over repressed memories

This weekend’s profile of Boston Dr. Bessel van der Kolk brought up some bad memories of the debate over what is clinically known as “dissociative amnesia." The story profiles van der Kolk's approach to treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, known as psychomotor therapy.   “Trauma has nothing whatsoever to do with cognition,” he says. “It has … Continue reading NYTimes Magazine: Recalling the debate over repressed memories