Jonathan Fine, MD, of Cambridge, one of the founders of Physicians for Human Right, died last week: “We’re never going to be deprived of an opportunity to combat injustice.”

The Globe reports the death of Jonathan Fine, MD, one of the founders of Physicians for Human right, which the paper describes as a "worldwide advocacy organization." Over the past three decades, the organization has investigated and documented the medical effects of war crimes and mass atrocities in more than 60 nations around the world … Continue reading Jonathan Fine, MD, of Cambridge, one of the founders of Physicians for Human Right, died last week: “We’re never going to be deprived of an opportunity to combat injustice.”

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that flu cases are going down. But, they warn that the flu is “unpredictable.”

This following an early spike. The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness have dropped in the past seven days. However, flu is unpredictable and it’s too soon to know whether we’ve seen its peak this season. The one thing we know for sure is that it’s not too late to get a flu … Continue reading Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that flu cases are going down. But, they warn that the flu is “unpredictable.”

In The New Yorker, Partners in Health co-founder Dahl on impoverished Haiti: “To have seen this and to not do anything, I knew wasn’t an option.”

The New Yorker offers a profile of Ophelia Dahl, the daughter of celebrity parents who want on to help found Boston-based Partners in Health. That group describes its mission this way: "We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay. " Development organizations will donate something finite, even if it’s redundant, rather … Continue reading In The New Yorker, Partners in Health co-founder Dahl on impoverished Haiti: “To have seen this and to not do anything, I knew wasn’t an option.”

Tuesday, Globe series targets racial disparities in health care. Conclusion: The color line exists in sickness as in health.

The Boston Globe's series on race focuses on health disparities on Tuesday. Though the issue gets scant attention in this center of world-class medicine, segregation patterns are deeply imbedded in Boston health care. Simply put: If you are black in Boston, you are less likely to get care at several of the city’s elite hospitals … Continue reading Tuesday, Globe series targets racial disparities in health care. Conclusion: The color line exists in sickness as in health.

Should #guns be allowed in #hospitals? Is there any way to keep them out?

Should hospitals be gun-free zones? Another shooting -- this one at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire -- is a reminder that they are not. Some think they should be. That can be difficult given the quasi-public nature of hospitals.  Others disagree, saying that there should be no-gun free zones. Earlier this summer, the Brooklyn … Continue reading Should #guns be allowed in #hospitals? Is there any way to keep them out?

Today 4/10: Live stream of #Lancet-linked session on Income #Inequality and # Health in America

Register to attend in Boston  See Boston Science and Engineering Lectures page for more events this week 4:30 - 6:30.  "Income Inequality and Health in America."  Boston University U:  Instructional Building, Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street. Income inequality in the United States has steadily increased over the last four decades. Although this inequality has … Continue reading Today 4/10: Live stream of #Lancet-linked session on Income #Inequality and # Health in America

March 24: Harvard — and HuffPo — offer live update of #marijuana science

You can't buy it yet, but marijuana is now legal under state law. For the latest on weed law and science, tune in Friday for a  Harvard School of Public Health live webcast. Or, watch it via Facebook Live.  Send panelists questions in advance to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu Tweet us @ForumHSPH #marijuanascience