Elder abuse: Over her not-quite-dead body

Most of the workers I met when my father was shuffled around the nursing homes of Boston were hard working, underpaid and often very caring. Some of the residents were  very difficult to deal with, at times abusive and racist. Still, the aides who take those jobs need to be trained to deal with abuse. … Continue reading Elder abuse: Over her not-quite-dead body

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Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness + Senate and health reform

The Institute of Medicine, a Congressional research arm, released a list of  “100 health topics  (.pdf) that should get priority attention and funding from a new national research effort to identify which health care services work best.” Among the high priority issues: atrial fibrillation, hearing loss, fall prevention for the elderly, MRSA prevention, localized prostate cancer,  … Continue reading Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness + Senate and health reform

Tanzi + Aerosmith not Photoshop

 MGH Alzheimer's researcher Rudy Tanzi let BHN know that Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was actually at the advertising photo shoot he did for this ad in GQ.  I raised the question of photo shop in my Mass Device blog.   Men’s fashion designer Geoffrey Beene put up a multipage, cause marketing ad in GQ about his effort to raise money for research into … Continue reading Tanzi + Aerosmith not Photoshop

Weekly Boston health review now up

I got a little snarky in my latest  Week in Review for Mass Device.com. First I talk about the rough week for the Massachusetts health insurance law. Then I sort of make fun of Partners and scientists.  Also, links to a WBUR  interview with Atul Gawande about his New Yorker piece on regional variations in the … Continue reading Weekly Boston health review now up