New York Times profiles Harvard cognitive psych prof Elizabeth Spelke and BHN baby enrolls in one of her experiment

The Times' "Profiles in Science" feature seems to favor Harvard types. Today's offers a video and story on cognitive psychologist Elizabethe Spelke. If you've had a baby in the Boston area any time in the past 15 years or so, you probably got a letter from a lab like hers asking if scientists could use your tot for research. (We … Continue reading New York Times profiles Harvard cognitive psych prof Elizabeth Spelke and BHN baby enrolls in one of her experiment

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Health Wonk Review: Wearing the Green for the St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Here in Boston, researchers have looked into that most pressing of St. Patrick’s Day health questions: Is Guinness really good for you? Red wine gets all the press, but Tufts researchers found a positive association between beer and bone density. For this edition of the Health Wonk Review, we take a a look at the Irish Times and … Continue reading Health Wonk Review: Wearing the Green for the St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Occupy Health Care: Boston protesters say Wall Street makes them sick

While health reform may not be at the top of their agenda, some of the Occupy Boston protesters down at Dewey Square had no problem linking the high cost of medical care to their complaints about Wall Street.  Some support Obama’s reforms; others called for a single payer system. But, nearly everyone interviewed had universal health … Continue reading Occupy Health Care: Boston protesters say Wall Street makes them sick

Report: Heroin overdose deaths down in Massachusetts

The Globe offers an advance on a Boston substance abuse survey that reports a decline in city heroin overdose deaths from 2007 to -2008.  The state also reports a drop in the same period, after a two-year spike in overdose deaths. Click below for a 2010 radio report from Boston Health News on the program that distributes overdose prevention drugs to … Continue reading Report: Heroin overdose deaths down in Massachusetts

“Beast Hunter” faces his toughest challenge yet: cancer

When Pat Spain, 31, stepped up to th podium this morning, he looked much thinner than he does on his Animal Planet show, “Beast Hunter.” That’s because the unpleasant feeling he noticed at the end of the  show’s taping turned out to be colon cancer. He’s since lost 30 pounds. Spain stopped by the Cancer Action Network’s New England Research Breakfast … Continue reading “Beast Hunter” faces his toughest challenge yet: cancer

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 drugs … 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