@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”

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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

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Over-treatment? There’s an app for that

Critics have knocked the recently updated guidelines  on statins for patients at risk of heart disease. While some heart specialist spent years putting together advice for the high risk, others said the guidelines will result in massive overtreament. Still, health monitoring apps are hot,. The American College of Cardiology is now offering an iPhone/ iPad … Continue reading Over-treatment? There’s an app for that

Another study questions benefit of mammograms, via Globe, Times

The Globe isn't sharing much with Boston.com these days. But, you can still access most of the blogs. Today's Daily Dose is on the mammography debate. We all thought early detection was key. For breast cancer, maybe not.  In a research finding that will add to doubts about the value of breast cancer screening, Canadian … Continue reading Another study questions benefit of mammograms, via Globe, Times

Press (blue) button; get health records — Hacking health this weekend in Boston

The Blue Button "is a simple concept: give patients’ access to their own data. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) first used the Blue Button logo on its patient portal in 2010 ,By clicking on the button, individuals could download their medical records in digital form. Since then, millions of Veterans have logged onto … Continue reading Press (blue) button; get health records — Hacking health this weekend in Boston