What is wrong with medical research? Boston health writers raise important questions

Do we need evidence-based evidence? How effective is our medical research system? What are we getting for the $30 billion that goes into university and hospital labs? Here are a couple of stories from local writers with some discouraging answers to those questions. Carolyn Johnson's piece on poor quality of medical research was tucked under the … Continue reading What is wrong with medical research? Boston health writers raise important questions

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Don’t have a hot attack: Framingham Heart Study carries on

What is up with the Framingham Heart Study? That long-running research project has been tracking the cardiac health of hundreds of local folk for decades.  (The algorithm used to estimate the 10-year risk of heart disease is called the "The Framingham Risk Score.") A story and a blog post recently reported woefully about a 40 percent sequester … Continue reading Don’t have a hot attack: Framingham Heart Study carries on

Nature Boston on NIH funding

Nature Boston keeps an eye on research in town. For health care research, that means NIH. So check out reports on who's getting fundedzm in the era of flat funding. Posts offer highlights for May and June.

Nature Boston: Who in town is getting funded to do biomedical? #research #NIH

Nature Boston takes a trip through the NIH grants database and finds that the number of new grants dropped quite a bit last year. While the agency funded 403 new projects in Massachusetts in 2010, that number dropped to 335 in 2011. Does that make the grant winners super superstars? Or was the research in the … Continue reading Nature Boston: Who in town is getting funded to do biomedical? #research #NIH