As digital health matures, so does the population. Boston meeting looks @dhealth2018 and aging.

The BIO meeting is getting all the attention, but across town, today's dhealth Summit bills itself as a " national forum for health and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, senior care advocates and policymakers to exchange ideas, create new relationships, and foster disruptive technological and process innovations to improve the lives of the nation’s aging population." Watch … Continue reading As digital health matures, so does the population. Boston meeting looks @dhealth2018 and aging.

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The health press releases that go straight to the junk folder. Some good ideas with no Boston link. Lots of true junk!

The exclamation point is a red flag. Editors tell freelance writers to read the publication before pitching a stories. I guess the stakes are lower for PR email blasts. Below find a sample from senders the BHN directs to the trash. A few good ones get caught up in the screen. (Here's some help on … Continue reading The health press releases that go straight to the junk folder. Some good ideas with no Boston link. Lots of true junk!

Reading: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.

From STAT,  adapted from “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.”  Author Carl Zimmer will be at Harvard Book Store. 7 pm,  5/30  Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract. "Thousands of species of microbes can live a single spoonful of soil. Although microbiologists have been naming species of bacteria … Continue reading Reading: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.

Tuesday at 11 am: At MIT, they ask: “Who doesn’t want another arm?”

At MIT:  Building 32, Room G449.   Details. Wearable robot arms. They are designed to augment your capabilities and dexterity through physical cooperation. These "Third Arms" are typically waist-mounted and designed to work in the volume directly in front of you, cooperating with your arms' actions. We are not developing fast or strong robots, rather we … Continue reading Tuesday at 11 am: At MIT, they ask: “Who doesn’t want another arm?”

Cambridge Mass. doc leads call for reform of “dysfunctional” pharmaceutical system.

Lead author Adam Gaffney is a pulmonologist and critical care physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Here's the summary, from the BMJ: Key messages The US and Canadian pharmaceutical systems are dysfunctional Costs are exorbitant, commercial goals distort drug development, misleading promotion fosters misuse, and medications are too often unaffordable for patients We propose reforms that … Continue reading Cambridge Mass. doc leads call for reform of “dysfunctional” pharmaceutical system.

KHN: Vermont Legislators Pass A Drug Importation Law. So What?

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News 5/19: This week, Vermont passed a first-in-the-nation law that would facilitate the state’s importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada. It represents the state’s effort to tackle head-on the issue of constantly climbing drug prices. Other states, including Louisiana and Utah, have debated similar legislation and are watching Vermont’s progress … Continue reading KHN: Vermont Legislators Pass A Drug Importation Law. So What?

Monday 5/21: The health effects of going green

Join the Harvard Ed Portal and Ari Bernstein, Co-Director, Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for a faculty speaker presentation, Health Benefits of Going Green. Bernstein will discuss how actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as burning less coal, can create immediate and local health benefits. This … Continue reading Monday 5/21: The health effects of going green