June 2011 Health Wonk Review: Hockey, hoodlums and hot rod angels

Welcome to the Big Men edition of HWR. Congratulations to the Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins. Good-bye to Big Man Clarence Clemons, Springsteen’s sax player and side man, who died last week after a stroke. And hello to Whitey Bulger, the Boston crime boss captured last night after 16 years on the run. Wingers: Politics Joe Paduda explains: … Continue reading June 2011 Health Wonk Review: Hockey, hoodlums and hot rod angels

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Did journalists overstate the promise of the human genome project?

 Note that in the Nature Network Boston report on Tuesday's panel on the human genome project, Broad Institute chief Eric Lander says that journalists naively reported that the genome map would rapidly lead to cures for many diseases.    Lander said that expectations for the impact of the research were  "fabulously naïve. Journalists wrote about how we were going to have … Continue reading Did journalists overstate the promise of the human genome project?

BHN report: Hackers, health and the Boston Code-a-thon

Sometimes,  hackers have to work on meaningless problems in windowless cubicles. But on Saturday, a group of number crunchers and tech enthusiasts gathered at Microsoft’s sun-soaked Cambridge offices to find new ways to use health data. Last week’s “code-a-thon” was the latest “Developer Challenge” hosted by a Health 2.0, a group that organizes conferences around the … Continue reading BHN report: Hackers, health and the Boston Code-a-thon

Neuroscience, music and a Boston symphony of health care workers

Nature Network Boston reports on this weekend's Saturday's meeting: "Crossing the Corpus Callosum II: Neuroscience, Healing & Music." The Longwood Symphony Orchestra is named for the Boston medical mecca that is second home to most of its musicians. Doctors and other health care workers from Longwood Avenue hospitals and clinics are interested in the symphony not … Continue reading Neuroscience, music and a Boston symphony of health care workers

BHN Reports: Gawande on reform — “All health care is local.”

The notion that “all health care is local” may sound odd coming from someone who has been deeply involved in health reform at the national level. But Boston surgeon and New Yorker writer Atul Gawande made the case for locally driven reform this morning at a health care quality colloquium at Harvard.  Communities, he said, need to … Continue reading BHN Reports: Gawande on reform — “All health care is local.”

BHN Report: Massachusetts health costs hearings

The Commonwealth is getting serious about health care costs. Increases are unrelenting and over the top. In Massachusetts, health costs are rising at three times the rate of wages, according to testimony below. Rising prices are eating away at company profits, family savings, worker’s wages and public health programs.   Studies, bills, hearings. Will we get … Continue reading BHN Report: Massachusetts health costs hearings