Jury: Double-booked surgery did not lead to injury

From The Globe. A Boston jury on Monday found that a spine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital failed to i nform a Westwood financial analyst that he planned to operate on two patients at once, but the jury concluded that the doctor’s divided attention did not cause the man’s quadriplegia. As a result the jury … Continue reading Jury: Double-booked surgery did not lead to injury

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From Health Leaders: Shame, fear and medical errors

From a recent talk at Harvard by Danielle Ofri, MD, author of What Doctors Feel. Ofri's talk centered on one emotion, shame, which she said overwhelms many doctors and is a major reason many medical errors go unaddressed. When errors are not acknowledged, even those without bad outcomes, no one learns from them, she said. … Continue reading From Health Leaders: Shame, fear and medical errors

Health Leaders: #Lacks family members now have a say in #Henrietta’s immortal scientific legacy

My report from Health Leaders on a recent talk by members of Henrietta Lacks' family. The ongoing story of the late Henrietta Lacks, the African-American woman who unwittingly provided cells for years of medical research, has much to offer those battling disparities in healthcare, according to family members who spoke in Boston last week. That … Continue reading Health Leaders: #Lacks family members now have a say in #Henrietta’s immortal scientific legacy

Two Boston meetings look at the role of patient advocates. They offer two very different perspectives.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers often  look to patient advocates for help winning approval for new drugs. Their most recent success in this area was the FDA’s approval of a new drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. That decision came despite recommendations against approval from FDA staff. In an editorial, the Boston Globe questioned the FDA’s move while noting … Continue reading Two Boston meetings look at the role of patient advocates. They offer two very different perspectives.

#Massachusetts cares if #doctors have conflicts of interest, but do #patients care?

The Globe offers a peek at the drug company marketing/meals at smaller hospitals Years after many big academic medical centers cracked down on industry perks, drug companies still regularly buy meals for doctors affiliated with smaller hospitals, a new analysis shows, with some physicians receiving dozens of lunches and dinners in a single year. At a number … Continue reading #Massachusetts cares if #doctors have conflicts of interest, but do #patients care?

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?

Science writer on his two #opioid battles

Health writers know Seth Mnookin has the author of the book "the Panic Virus," but he has a much more personal story to tell in this week's Globe. .... throughout the course of my 43-hour stay at MGH at the end of April and into early May, I told everyone I could — from the ER … Continue reading Science writer on his two #opioid battles