The predawn rumble of pesticide-spraying trucks is a rite of spring in almost 200 Massachusetts communities. Some $11 million is spent in the state each year controlling and counting the pests and educating residents about how to avoid contracting mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus.
One morning last July, Brookline resident Neal Heffron found Dani, his 18-month-old Australian Shepherd with a sleek coat and unbridled energy, collapsed in her bed. She had been vomiting, suffered a bout of diarrhea, and overnight had become too weak to lift herself out of her crate.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio Thursday to take on a wide range of topics. Caplan discussed a German woman who at 65 is pregnant with quadruplets; he revisited a topic from the previous week about Alzheimer's and sexual consent; and also spoke about the "free-range parenting" movement.
A new law passed by the Arizona legislature went into effect Monday. The law says doctors must counsel patients seeking chemically-induced abortions that the procedure is 'reversible.' Some doctors dispute this advice.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center. Every Wednesday, Caplan joins Boston Public Radio for "Ask the Ethicist," where he tackles complex medical dilemmas. Today on the show Caplan talked about Alzheimer's disease and sexual consent, shady medical journals, and bills about abortion passed in Arizona and Arkansas.
Dr. Carolyn Alonso wraps herself in a yellow gown, dons a mask, and pumps a hand dispenser twice. Once her hands are dry, she puts on gloves and a mask, and then she goes in to see a 58-year-old patient called Karen.
Last week Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people on board. In the aftermath investigators homed in on one copilot who may have deliberately barred the cockpit door and flown the plane into the Alps. The copilot, Andreas Lubitz, may have struggled with mental illness and reported having an episode of "severe depression."
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio Wednesday for his regular segment. Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. He talked about Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo surgery to decrease her chance of getting cancer; a proposed French ban on models who are "excessively skinny;" and the selling of breast milk.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio Wednesday for his regular segment, Ask the Ethicist. Caplan is the head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center, and the host of the Everyday Ethics podcast. Caplan talked about a Utah bill to bring back execution by firing squads; crowd-sourcing medical bills; Kraft singles getting the blessing of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; and the odd circumstance of saving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's life in the emergency room so he could be tried with the death penalty.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joins Boston Public Radio on Wednesdays to tackle tough ethical quandaries in the field of medicine. Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center. Wednesday on BPR Caplan talked about organ donation, Frank Underwood's "America Works" plan in House of Cards, marriage dynamics when a spouse gets sick, and doctors' bedside manners.
Last month, a superior court judge rejected a proposal for Partners HealthCare to acquire three hospitals in Massachusetts. But that hasn’t stopped Partners — it’s now in the process of taking over a smaller medical practice on the South Shore.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio for his weekly "Ask the Ethicist" segment. Caplan talked about primary care doctor shortages, solitary confinement for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, medically-dubious "head transplants," and Warren Buffett's advocacy for Coke and fried potato products.
Cooks and diners rejoice: the US government may be poised to change its cholesterol recommendations. In December, the country's Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released a report reassessing longstanding policies on cholesterol consumption. The next step, then, is for regulatory agencies to give their official blessing. The immediate beneficiary: the versatile, cholesterol-laden, once-maligned egg.
Dr. Lakshmi Nayak specializes in cancer of the brain at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Mission Hill. Her average patient lives for only a year and a half, which means that Nayak has to have end-of-life discussions with almost all of her patients.
In recent days both New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul have said they think vaccinating children is a parent's choice. Both men spoke about vaccinations as measles spread across the US. The measles was thought to have originated at Disneyland, from unvaccinated park-goers.
A Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thursday struck down a controversial deal that would allow Partners Healthcare to add three hospitals to its already expansive statewide network.
The deal — years in the making — was architected by former Attorney General Martha Coakley and Partners HealthCare, who were seeking to add South Shore Hospital and two north shore hospitals to its network. The complex agreement would have allowed the acquisitions to proceed, provided Partners agreed to a series of conditions, including caps on prices. It was rejected by a judge Thursday evening.
There's a new battle cry emanating from the cubicle. Workers are waking up to the fact that inactivity — save for some crazy typing fingers — has now become a health hazard. Computers keep workers close to their desks. Studies show the harm of prolonged sitting; some suggest lawsuits many not be far off.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan told Boston Public Radio on Wednesday that the health of the American workforce is imperiled by our need to sit.
Yesterday we went all-in on our blizzard coverage, talking to everyone from Harvey Silverglate, to Governor Charlie Baker, to you. Today we began our show with Nantucket Police Chief, William Pittman, who updated us on how things are going on the Island. Then, we asked listeners what snow they were still seeing on the streets.
We talked to The Globe's Brian McGrory about storm coverage, and asked about the editorial process of covering monster storms. [26:08]
Next, Juliette Kayyem shared her thoughts on storm coverage. She analyzed the White House drone situation, and other drone-related security issues. [53:04]
We talked to medical ethicist, Art Caplan, about 'anti-vaxxers,' Medicaid, and sitting being the new smoking. Then we got your take on standing desks and other tools to keep us upright. [1:19:58]
Then we got back to our storm postgame. We got Sue O'Connell's take, and asked for yours. [2:23:07]
The Fourth Geneva Convention was an international provision adopted by the United Nations Security Council in 1949 to, among other things, protect hospitals, doctors and care workers in times of war. The UN passed the measure so that even in war zones, hospital workers could performe services and administer proper medical care.
However, even in peaceful countries far from war zones, such measures cannot be fully guaranteed.
On Tuesday, a gunman entered Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and opened fire on a cardiac surgeon. The gunman died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The cardiac surgeon — Dr. Michael Davidson — died as well.
A professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey is using unorthodox methods to teach students about psychiatric conditions. According to reporter Adam Clark, Prof. Anthony Tobia is using episodes of Seinfeld to illustrate patient characteristics that his future doctors will encounter.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio for his regular Wednesday segment. Each week, Caplan tackles ethical questions surrounding medical issues. On Wednesday, Caplan talked about the rationale behind prescribing drugs for the elderly, the role "bad luck" may play in the likelihood of getting cancer, reality TV in the E.R., and sledding bans.
Surgeons have tough jobs. Their work often means the difference between life and death. Supreme regimentation and meticulousness are required, as Dr. Atul Gawande outlined in his widely-read book, The Checklist Manifesto.
Besides checklists and standard practices, surgeons have also turned to an unlikely aid — music — to keep them focused and relieve occupational tension. The medical journal BMJ reported 62 to 72 percent of surgeons play music during surgery.
It's been more than two years since the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since that time, community leaders have debated ways to keep guns off the streets, and lawmakers have pursued sweeping gun control legislation. President Obama went so far as to pass 23 executive orders regarding guns in the US. By and large, very little changed.
It's entirely possible that the two front-runners in 2016 could be a Bush and a Clinton. Does America need to move beyond political dynasties?
Brian McGrory discusses the Globe's relationship with Boston.com vis-à-vis their recent reporting errors and the fact that the Globe's staff still hasn't seen any financial information from the 2024 Olympic Bid team. [29:10]
Juliette Kayyem discusses gun control after Sandy Hook, Obama's new Cuba policy, and the implications of the Sony hackers. Then we talk to you to see what you think about the decision to cancel "The Interview's" New York premier. [53:00] >>Read more here.
Scott Louis Panetti is a death row inmate in a Texas prison. Last week, a judge granted a stay of execution because Panetti — who once represented himself in a trial, and called Jesus Christ and the Pope as witnesses — has a history of mental illness.
Panetti was convicted of killing Joe and Amanda Alvarado. Under Texas law, he was sentenced to die by lethal injection. The court determined Panetti's schizophrenia to be no impediment in terms of mental acumen. Last Wednesday, Panetti's attorney Gregory Wiercioch successfully petitioned to reverse the decision — citing the Eighth Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment — and the execution order was suspended.
Football players at all levels of the game face down physical pain on a daily basis. One of the ways team doctors help with that pain is through prescription painkillers, a practice some say is irresponsible.
Art Caplan on Boston Public Radio, December 3, 2014.
The Drug Enforcement Agency recently detained three NFL teams as they passed through airports en route to games. The DEA's aim: to uncover illegal prescription drug use. A lawsuit by over 750 former NFL players alleges team physicians illegally provided prescription painkillers to keep players on the field.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan — host of the Everyday Ethics podcast — said fans are part of the problem. "We are so sports-crazy in this country, and so football-crazy," Caplan said Wednesday on Boston Public Radio. "It's partly because the culture accepts that this is a risky game."