KHN: “#Older Americans Are Hooked On #Vitamins Despite Scarce #Evidence They Work.” Not all Boston experts agree that’s a problem.

  Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News When she was a young physician, Dr. Martha Gulati noticed that many of her mentors were prescribing vitamin E and folic acid to patients. Preliminary studies in the early 1990s had linked both supplements to a lower risk of heart disease. She urged her father to pop the pills … Continue reading KHN: “#Older Americans Are Hooked On #Vitamins Despite Scarce #Evidence They Work.” Not all Boston experts agree that’s a problem.

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Live Monday morning, 2/2: The Importance of #ReproductiveHealth to Ending #HIV”

Monday morning: Watch it on You Tube.  Local Speakers:  Lynn Matthews, MGH / Seth Bloom, MGH / Rebecca Zash, BIDMC / Kunjal Patel, HSPH Invited Speakers: Lynne Mofenson, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation See "Risk of HIV Acquisition during Pregnancy and Postpartum: A Call for Action" Pregnancy hormone-associated changes in the female genital tract, including … Continue reading Live Monday morning, 2/2: The Importance of #ReproductiveHealth to Ending #HIV”

STAT: Meet Boston Children’s #Hospital #specialeffects guy

Three-printers and more. Gregory Loan is a simulation engineer at Boston Children's Hospital Simulator Program. He makes artificial body parts and mannequins for clinicians to practice on. More great video from STAT here.  https://vimeo.com/246154160

Monday night, rescheduled from earlier in March: #ConjoinedTwins: At the Crossroads of #Surgery, Medicine and Ethics.”

In order to separate these two babies, who were joined at the chest, one had to die. The doctors told their story to   a group of health writers last year. One detail stood out: when the babies were rolled into the operating room, each one was holding a rattle. Free, but registration required.   

Boston events, week of 3/19/18: Will climate change kill us? Find out this week.

Ms. Marsa won't be here this week, but there will be a lot of talk on climate change. Monday Noon.  "Methane: A Uniquely Difficult Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Problem."   Robert Kleinberg.   HKS:  Bell Hall, Belfer Building.   Details. Tuesday 1p.  "Climate Change, Air Quality, and Human Health."   Patrick Kinney.   Harvard Global Health Institute, 42 Church St., Cambridge.   Details, RSVP. … Continue reading Boston events, week of 3/19/18: Will climate change kill us? Find out this week.

When should aging doctors retire? Does it depend on the doctor?

When should doctors retire? Depends on the doctor. Two pieces about aging docs. One story from STAT, one column from the Globe.   From Medscape: "There are many older physicians who have a wealth of experience and who are practicing very well, and the last thing on earth we want to do is discourage those physicians … Continue reading When should aging doctors retire? Does it depend on the doctor?

More health-related events this week in Boston, March 12

CANCELLED Tuesday 6p.  "The 21st Century’s Technology Story: The Convergence of Biology and Engineering."   Susan Hockfield.   MIT:  E51-335.   Details, Abstract. Thursday 2p.  "How Inkjet Printing Technology Can Defeat Multidrug- Resistant Superbugs."  James E. Kirby.   Wyss Institute, 3 Blackfan Circle, Rm. 521.   Details, Abstract. 4p.  "Towards Personalized Medicine Using Gut Microbiome and Clinical Data."   Eran Segal.   MIT:  32-141.   Details. … Continue reading More health-related events this week in Boston, March 12