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

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

NU prof in NYTimes: Can meditation teach manners?

Update 7/18 :The folks at WGBH's Boston Public Radio took calls after an interview with David DeSteno, the author of this meditation study. Note:  Jim Braude does not mediate: his co-host Margery Eagan does. 7/7: This piece in the NYTimes magazine, "The Morality of Meditation" is of interest for two reasons. It was written David DeSteno is a professor … Continue reading NU prof in NYTimes: Can meditation teach manners?

BHN Report: On MV, Berwick takes a break from his break to comment on Ryan Medicare plan, new film

Former Medicare chief Donald Berwick was present both on and off the screen for a Thursday Martha’s Vineyard showing of a new film on the health care system. Berwick, who spends part of his summer in Chilmark, was fresh off an interview with WBUR’s On Point call-in show. So, he was ready to comment on the … Continue reading BHN Report: On MV, Berwick takes a break from his break to comment on Ryan Medicare plan, new film

FDA says – Ask yourself, your doc: Should I take drugs for #osteopenia, #osteoporosis or bone loss?

Twelve years ago, a Boston Globe story raised doubts some Canadian researcher had about bone scans for the diagnosis of osteoporosis. It was a scary story to write.  Doctors, some patient advocacy groups, researchers and drug makers were enthusiastic about the new-found ability to measure bone density and the development of bisphosphonates like Fosamax to treat it.  Osteoporosis was under-treated, they said. … Continue reading FDA says – Ask yourself, your doc: Should I take drugs for #osteopenia, #osteoporosis or bone loss?