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.
Oscar J. Benavidez, MD, the MGH pediatric cardiologist involved in a difficult separation of conjoined twin girls, remembers a painful moment on the day of surgery. When the joined babies were rolled into the OR, each was holding a rattle. He and the others knew: only one of them would leave the operating room alive. … Continue reading Two babies, two rattles, one heart. The complicated decision to separate conjoined twins when only one will survive
My report from Health Leaders on a recent talk by members of Henrietta Lacks' family. The ongoing story of the late Henrietta Lacks, the African-American woman who unwittingly provided cells for years of medical research, has much to offer those battling disparities in healthcare, according to family members who spoke in Boston last week. That … Continue reading Health Leaders: #Lacks family members now have a say in #Henrietta’s immortal scientific legacy
From JAMA Internal Medicine: Question Do differences in salary exist between male and female academic physicians in US public medical schools? Relying on Freedom of Information laws that mandate release of salary information of public university employees in several states, this study analyzed sex differences in academic physician salary among 10 241 physicians in 24 public … Continue reading From ob/gyn to surgery, MGH study found salaries for male doctors higher than #female #doctors at public US #medical #schools
Two Boston-linked stories today on the genetics of Autism. From the Scientist Last year a team of Australian scientists claimed to have developed a genetic test that predicts risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with "72 percent accuracy."y night at a Boston fundraiser in support of his research into the functioning of brain synapses in autism The Scientists … Continue reading Genetics and autism: One study, one story
We’re sorry we missed the last Longwood Avenue walking tour for the season. Advertised as a tour of Boston’s “world-renowned” medical centers, the trip is clearly upbeat, with an emphasis on firsts and breakthroughs. For a bit of the seamier side of Boston health history, you can still catch … Continue reading For Halloween, tour the dark side of Massachusetts medical history
Fortune/CNN jumps all over Mass health reform …(T)he plans offer lavish subsidies that swell the demand for health care, they do nothing to increase the supply of medical services in a market suffering from shortages of everything from family doctors to nurses to hospital beds. Two years after enacting health-care reform to rein in costs, … Continue reading Health reform and cancer: Mass can’t get either one right?
Two news round ups today. First, check out the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review, hosted by Boston’s own David Williams at The Health Business Blog. As he reports: It’s a wonderful day in the wonkerhood, with so much health care policy fodder to chomp on. Let’s jump right in. Also, here’s some local … Continue reading Can a computer save you from an extra x-ray?