Cambridge Mass. doc leads call for reform of “dysfunctional” pharmaceutical system.

Lead author Adam Gaffney is a pulmonologist and critical care physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Here's the summary, from the BMJ: Key messages The US and Canadian pharmaceutical systems are dysfunctional Costs are exorbitant, commercial goals distort drug development, misleading promotion fosters misuse, and medications are too often unaffordable for patients We propose reforms that … Continue reading Cambridge Mass. doc leads call for reform of “dysfunctional” pharmaceutical system.

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KHN: Vermont Legislators Pass A Drug Importation Law. So What?

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News 5/19: This week, Vermont passed a first-in-the-nation law that would facilitate the state’s importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada. It represents the state’s effort to tackle head-on the issue of constantly climbing drug prices. Other states, including Louisiana and Utah, have debated similar legislation and are watching Vermont’s progress … Continue reading KHN: Vermont Legislators Pass A Drug Importation Law. So What?

Is Maine falling behind New Hampshire in terms of access to health care? Medicaid expansion’s impact in northern New England

From The Commonwealth Fund Before the Affordable Care Act expanded coverage, New Hampshire greatly lagged Maine in terms of access to health care for low-income adults. But in August 2014, New Hampshire expanded its Medicaid program and has since caught up to its New England neighbor, matching Maine on its uninsured rate among low-income adults … Continue reading Is Maine falling behind New Hampshire in terms of access to health care? Medicaid expansion’s impact in northern New England

Wednesday, it’s mumps: Don’t miss this season’s last Science in the News seminar.

Wednesday in Pfizer Hall, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Labs from 7 to 9:00 p.m. Please see the directions here on how to access Pfizer Hall, located at 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge. After decades of decline, mumps — once a ubiquitous childhood illness — is on the rise again. In this lecture, we’ll focus on the recent mumps outbreak right … Continue reading Wednesday, it’s mumps: Don’t miss this season’s last Science in the News seminar.

One Harvard researcher called proton beam units unaffordable “Death Stars.” A Harvard-linked hospital has one.

It's not unusual for health policy researchers to hold opinions that differ from parent institutions. Here's one case. A Kaiser Health News story says "the facilities zap cancer with beams of subatomic proton particles instead of conventional radiation. The treatment, which can cost $48,000 or more, affects surrounding tissue less than traditional radiation does because … Continue reading One Harvard researcher called proton beam units unaffordable “Death Stars.” A Harvard-linked hospital has one.

Monday #Movies and #medicine: Science on Screen takes on false #memories with a showing of the film “Inception” and an introductory talk by a neuroscientist.

At Coolidge Corner Cinema in Brookline: Before the film, Boston University neuroscience professor Steve Ramirez will talk about the real-life malleability of human memories and how easily false memories can actually be created. Christopher Nolan (Memento, Dunkirk) writes and directs this mind-bending, Oscar-winning exploration of dreamscapes, timelines, and the unconscious in one of the most visually … Continue reading Monday #Movies and #medicine: Science on Screen takes on false #memories with a showing of the film “Inception” and an introductory talk by a neuroscientist.

How to use interactive graphics to look at #Massachusetts #hospital #quality measures like infection rates. Data for individual hospitals, health care systems and the entire state.