This following an early spike. The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness have dropped in the past seven days. However, flu is unpredictable and it’s too soon to know whether we’ve seen its peak this season. The one thing we know for sure is that it’s not too late to get a flu … Continue reading Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that flu cases are going down. But, they warn that the flu is “unpredictable.”
Two items worth checking out. Robert Weisman's Globe story on technology to address hearing loss. Millions of boomers are now grappling with hearing loss — some of it caused by turning the volume to 11 — prompting companies to develop treatments that improve upon the expensive and often limited-value hearing aids and surgical implants that … Continue reading What? Boston Globe on new approaches to hearing loss
It links to a Harvard study that make the same connection. This story also ran below the fold in the Sunday NYTimes business section. Care Suffers As More Nursing Homes Feed Money Into Corporate Webs Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Publish by permission. MEMPHIS, Tenn. — When one of Martha Jane Pierce’s sons peeled back the … Continue reading Is there anything worse than making money off old or disabled people in need of care? KHN reports on the #nursinghome shell game.
Business Insider quotes MGH Chief Medical Officer O’Neil Britton who spoke at Hub Week on hospital cybersecurity. “We have 72,000 employees with credentials to log into our computer system,” says O’Neill. “Our network has many components, including a financial clearance system and an electronic health records database. Not all 72,000 employees can get into each … Continue reading BI: Partner’s #security chief warns:”You can do a lot with the information contained in a #healthrecord,” including get a credit card.
Austin Frakt, director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System writes in The New York Times today: A large part of the answer can be found in the title of a 2003 paper in Health Affairs by the Princeton University health economist Uwe Reinhardt: “It’s the prices, stupid.” He … Continue reading Boston researcher in NYTimes on why the US spends so much on health care. The answer is same as it was in 2003 — prices.
There are a lot of problems with cancer screening. Explaining and understanding the calculus behind the tests is not easy. Suffice to say that early detection is generally not the life saver we thought it would be. Now comes a steep decline in prostate cancer diagnoses. Harvard's Meir Stampfer asks where that's good news or bad … Continue reading Could the decline in #prostatecancer diagnoses usher in an increase in death rates? #cancer screening
From today's staff editorial: Despite President Trump’s efforts to repeal his predecessor’s signal domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act has survived the first year of this vindictive presidency. But it needs help from individuals states as the Trump era proceeds. When repeated efforts to repeal the law failed, the administration tried to undermine it by … Continue reading Boston Globe editorial calls on states to “step up and improve Obamacare.”