Writing about ovarian cancer and missing a friend — and science writer –who died from it.

I could not help thinking about my friend Caroline Dopyera when I was working on this story. She died in 1997 from ovarian cancer, not long after this picture was taken.  She was an energetic science writer who came to The News & Observer on a AAAS fellowship and stayed on. This picture was taken … Continue reading Writing about ovarian cancer and missing a friend — and science writer –who died from it.

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CVS CMO outlined a plan for “complementary primary care.” You’ll be able to get it in your neighborhood drug store.

Troy Brennan spoke at an event in Boston on digital health and aging Wednesday.  He emphasized that the merger between CVS and Aetna has yet to be approved. But, he outlined the CVS plan to offer more than urgent care. Troyen A. Brennan MD, Exec.VP and CMO of CVS about to speak on" Health Retail … Continue reading CVS CMO outlined a plan for “complementary primary care.” You’ll be able to get it in your neighborhood drug store.

Kings, dogs and Burwells: The latest policy posts from the Health Wonk Review #HWR

BHN is hosting this week's round-up. In anticipation of the King v. Burwell decision, we offer kings and Burwells. The content of the images is not meant as a BHN endorsement for either position. Same goes for the opinions in these posts. Some say the ruling may come down today, others bet on 6/29. SCOTUS … Continue reading Kings, dogs and Burwells: The latest policy posts from the Health Wonk Review #HWR

Vintage photos of cancer, genetic research from Dana-Farber, MIT and NCI

Looking for art for you health or science blog? NCI Visuals Online contains images from the collections of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, National Cancer Institute. For more information about Visuals Online, including reuse and contact information, see About Visuals Online. Click for NCI captions and IDs. Here are a few, including shots … Continue reading Vintage photos of cancer, genetic research from Dana-Farber, MIT and NCI

Hospitals consolidation: Brill says yes, new Massachusetts AG says no

From Shirley Leung's Monday column in the Globe: No judge or jury delivered a verdict on the Partners HealthCare settlement Monday, but we didn’t need either after Attorney General Maura Healey’s three-page court filing. She thinks the deal stinks, and if given the chance, she would bring an antitrust suit to block Partners’ efforts to … Continue reading Hospitals consolidation: Brill says yes, new Massachusetts AG says no

Daily Dose archived, health blogger Kotz leaves “The Boston Globe”

Deborah Kotz,  the Globe's Daily Dose health blogger for the past four years, has taken a buy-out and that Daily Dose will be archived. We'll miss Kotz. While often stuck fielding the barrage of journal studies coming out of Boston medical centers,  she always managed to avoid disease-of-the week reporting.  Some stories just confuse readers. But writers who skip … Continue reading Daily Dose archived, health blogger Kotz leaves “The Boston Globe”

Don’t have a hot attack: Framingham Heart Study carries on

What is up with the Framingham Heart Study? That long-running research project has been tracking the cardiac health of hundreds of local folk for decades.  (The algorithm used to estimate the 10-year risk of heart disease is called the "The Framingham Risk Score.") A story and a blog post recently reported woefully about a 40 percent sequester … Continue reading Don’t have a hot attack: Framingham Heart Study carries on