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?
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
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
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
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
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
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