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.
Nation’s Top Doc Wants The Overdose Antidote Widely On Hand. Is That Feasible? Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News and Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News When Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory calling for more people to carry naloxone — not just people at overdose risk, but also friends and family — experts and advocates … Continue reading KHN: BU ER doc, NU law prof endorse the Surgeon General’s call for more access to overdose antidote. ‘“It could not have been a better endorsement.”
Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News When she was a young physician, Dr. Martha Gulati noticed that many of her mentors were prescribing vitamin E and folic acid to patients. Preliminary studies in the early 1990s had linked both supplements to a lower risk of heart disease. She urged her father to pop the pills … Continue reading KHN: “#Older Americans Are Hooked On #Vitamins Despite Scarce #Evidence They Work.” Not all Boston experts agree that’s a problem.
A new paper from a team led but Mauricio Santillana, a mathematician, and member of the computational health informatics team at Boston Children’s Hospital, offers this in a new paper: We show that information from Internet-based data sources, when combined using an informed, robust methodology, can be effectively used as early indicators of influenza activity … Continue reading #Internet-based data can help track the #flu when official data lags
From our MIT friends over at Undark. Patient advocates and reporters take note. On the "public radio show Science Friday, host Ira Flatow and his guest, Popular Science senior editor Sophie Bushwick, built on Chodosh’s (cell phones and health) story. “There’s no strong evidence to suggest that these devices aren’t safe,” said Flatow. “It's creating … Continue reading Patients advocates gone wild! Internet offers new tools to those who disagree with science in the news.
In Somerville tonight The Scientists of The Fenway Institute On Diversity and Doctors: The Science of Inclusive Healthcare Monday, January 29th, 6:30-8:00pm at The Burren (247 Elm St, Somerville MA 02144) (directions) People are diverse; healthcare should reflect that diversity. Founded in 1971 on the belief that “healthcare is a right, not a privilege”, Fenway … Continue reading Events this week: #Healthcare, #diversity and #selfdrivingcars
Massachusetts January 19 report. Provider offices across the US report the amount of influenza‐like illness (ILI) they see in their patients each week during regular flu season. These outpatient providers’ offices, which include doctors' offices, school health services, and community health centers, are called 'sentinel sites.’ Here we present Massachusetts sentinel site data. Please note that the data … Continue reading #Flu cases are #declining in #Massachusetts while they are rising nationally.