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?

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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?

What are #Harvard docs and #medical school students reading? Countway tweets tell all #library

The Countway Library at Harvard Medical School has a twitter account listing the books Harvard students, docs and profs return. Here are a few samples.  "Cooper:Therapy dog" seems popular, as do books by Paul Farmer of Partners in Health. For more see @HMSreturns. History, memoir and colons Medieval technology and social change by  Lynn Townsend White http://bit.ly/cuu1A8 Alfalfa … Continue reading What are #Harvard docs and #medical school students reading? Countway tweets tell all #library

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

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