BHN Exclusive: Mass gift ban takes a beating from ACRE

Thursday’s inaugural meeting of the Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators drew a full house to the Bornstein Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Members of the group believe that disclosure rules and gift bans for doctors – like the one that just went into effect in Massachusetts –  are too strict.  The meeting program describes the issue this … Continue reading BHN Exclusive: Mass gift ban takes a beating from ACRE

Stossel, conflicts and the new Health Wonk Review

First, check out this week’s edition of the Health Wonk Review, hosted by The NewHealth Dialogue Blog. Paul Testa goes for the carnival theme.  “It's time to let your inner wonk wander through a spectacle that's as uniquely American as apple pie and health reform.” Then check out the Globe story on docs who are … Continue reading Stossel, conflicts and the new Health Wonk Review

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

Wednesday Bloody Wednesday in MA for drug and device makers?

 (Sorry, U2 played in the tiny Somerville Theater last night.) State regulators yesterday approved the final details of a new regulation limiting gifts from drug companies to docs. Liz Kowalczyk of the Globe explains it here. The regulations, approved by the Public Health Council, are intended to implement a law passed last summer to restrict interactions … Continue reading Wednesday Bloody Wednesday in MA for drug and device makers?

Can the Watchmen save Boston doctors from conflicts of interest?

Health Wonk Review is a "roving digest" of notable blogs entries about health policy.  This week, Medicaid Front Page hosts, with an entry that would make my comics-reading son happy - The "Watchmen Edition." Each entry is linked to one of the superheroes in this movie, which is opens today. (My contribution  earned Dr. Jim Kim a Nite … Continue reading Can the Watchmen save Boston doctors from conflicts of interest?

Chemobrain: How Cancer Therapies Can Affect Your Mind

  Once a science writer, always a science writer. Ellen Clegg, an editor at The Boston Globe, said she got the idea for her new book when a friend with breast cancer started complaining about "chemobrain." Clegg sensed a medical puzzle. The former health editor did some digging and found new and ongoing research asking - do … Continue reading Chemobrain: How Cancer Therapies Can Affect Your Mind

Crunching numbers on NIH grants

       Massachusetts ranks second among the 50 states when it comes to landing research grants from The National Institutes of Health. (California tops the list.) Last year, NIH sent more than $2 billion to Massachusetts.  This money drives medical research – that can’t be overstated. Researchers’ careers depend on their ability to win NIH grants. … Continue reading Crunching numbers on NIH grants

Boston links to today’s autism/vaccine story

      U.S. Court Finds No Link Between Vaccines, Autism By Shankar Vedantam Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, February 13, 2009; A01 A special federal court ruled yesterday that vaccines do not cause autism and that thousands of families with autistic children are not entitled to compensation, delivering a major blow to an international movement … Continue reading Boston links to today’s autism/vaccine story