One Harvard researcher called proton beam units unaffordable “Death Stars.” A Harvard-linked hospital has one.

It's not unusual for health policy researchers to hold opinions that differ from parent institutions. Here's one case. A Kaiser Health News story says "the facilities zap cancer with beams of subatomic proton particles instead of conventional radiation. The treatment, which can cost $48,000 or more, affects surrounding tissue less than traditional radiation does because … Continue reading One Harvard researcher called proton beam units unaffordable “Death Stars.” A Harvard-linked hospital has one.

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A Harvard panel makes prediction for the the future of the Affordable Care Act #HCR

https://youtu.be/AwTJtaozvbI The Panel Robert Blendon Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School Sheila Burke Chair, Government Relations and Public Policy Group, Baker Donelson, and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School Lanhee Chen Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Director of Domestic Policy Studies … Continue reading A Harvard panel makes prediction for the the future of the Affordable Care Act #HCR

How to predict suicide risk: A Harvard researcher proposes a test

  The New York Times Magazine profiles the work of Harvard psychologist Matthew K. Nock, the director of Harvard University’s Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Research. Word association begins to describe, but probably oversimplifies, his approach. The story calls 39-year-old Nock, as "one of the most original and influential suicide researchers in the world." The inscrutability of … Continue reading How to predict suicide risk: A Harvard researcher proposes a test

Harvard health policy event: The year in health law and a look to the future #HCR

More Boston health events here. Health Law in P/Review When:Fri, February 1, 1pm – 5pm WhereWasserstein Hall 2036, Milstein East C, Harvard Law School (map)  1:00-5:00pm (reception to follow) Wasserstein Hall 2036, Milstein East CHarvard Law School The past year was an historic one for health law, with the SupremeCourt issuing the final word on the … Continue reading Harvard health policy event: The year in health law and a look to the future #HCR

What are #Harvard docs and #medical school students reading? Countway tweets tell all #library

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

Understanding science news: Infectious disease edition

  A Harvard student group holds monthly seminars to explain complex scientific topics to the public. They usually fill an auditorium and they always videotape their presentations. Check out “Science in the News” here. The session on dog science didn’t have much of a news hook, but their current “Flash” newsletter does. As a nod … Continue reading Understanding science news: Infectious disease edition

Evolutionary biology wins Nobel for Harvard’s Szostak, et al.

From the AP Wire …The trio (Szostak, Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider) solved a big problem in biology: how chromosomes can be "copied in a complete way during cell divisions and how they are protected against degradation," the citation said. It said the laureates have shown that the solution is to be found in the ends … Continue reading Evolutionary biology wins Nobel for Harvard’s Szostak, et al.