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."
This week, Callie Crossley took a look at the stories you may have missed across New England this week with Arnie Arnesen of WNHN; Ted Nesi, politics reporter at WPRI; and Paul Pronovost, the editor of the Cape Cod Times.
Should an employee with a history of mental illness disclose that to an employer? New York Times writer Alina Tugend recently wrote about the case of Patrick Ross, an employee at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Ross's colleagues were confused by his erratic behavior, which included outbursts and unprovoked abrasiveness.
Eventually, Tugend writes, Ross disclosed to his employer that he'd been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. His supervisors were understanding, and Ross later wrote a book about the experience.
When does online self-diagnosis cross the line from helpful to dangerous? Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about a wealth of online health information, and what happens when people start searching for their symptoms.
A recent ad campaign by the DDB Brussels agency was launched to protect Belgians from potential misdiagnoses of health symptoms. The ads encourage Belgians to stop entering their ailments into Google and other search engines to come up with possible causes.
The Supreme Court will soon hear a challenge to a provision in the Affordable Care Act. Suffolk Law professor Renée Landers previewed the case.
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Jonathan Gruber was one of the central architects of the Affordable Care Act and hailed as the crowning achievement of the current administration. For the second time this year, he's under fire over videotaped comments that surfaced online.
After five hours of highly detailed — often dry — testimony on the proposed expansion of Partners HealthCare, an unusually spirited exchange erupted between Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders and Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose office has negotiated limits on the deal.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders dove deep this morning into the details of a negotiated antitrust settlement agreement between Attorney General Martha Coakley's office and Partners HealthCare, as Partners seeks to add two hospitals, one on the North Shore and one on the South Shore, to their already expansive statewide network.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan on Boston Public Radio, 11/5/14.
On November first, cancer patient Brittany Maynard followed through on long-held plans to end her life.
Maynard made use of a controversial Oregon law permitting physician-assisted suicide. Maynard didn't want to subject herself — and her family — to the kind of suffering cancer patients can endure in the final days of their lives. With her husband's and family's blessing, Maynard set a date to die, and on that day took the lethal pills that ended her life.
Judicial officials in Massachusetts are partnering with the University of Massachusetts Medical School to create a center that will help establish uniform and best practices for specialty courts around the state.
The Center of Excellence is designed to strengthen the state's ability to increase public safety while addressing issues of mental health, substance abuse and trauma within the criminal justice system.
Specialty courts focus on improving the treatment and management of defendants with serious substance abuse and health problems.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's suggestion for a single Ebola treatment center in Boston is not sitting well with many local hospitals. They argue such a plan would prove burdensome and say it's better for multiple facilities to treat small numbers of patients.