Health Care

BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
8:54 am
Thu September 18, 2014

BPR: Healthcare, Women in Tech, and Wine

BPR: Healthcare, Women in Tech, and Wine
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Local News
8:44 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Hospital Coalition Asks AG's Office To Reject Partners Settlement

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A coalition of health providers is asking Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to reject a settlement with the state’s largest hospital and physician’s network. The coalition detailed their concerns in a Superior Court filing today.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:16 am
Wed September 10, 2014

BPR: Primary Analysis, Brian McGrory, Juliette Kayyem, Art Caplan

Attorney General candidate Maura Healey greets supporters after winning the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.
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  • Former Romney advisor Charlie Chieppo and former Treasurer Shannon O'Brien talk to Jim and Margery about primary election results.
  • Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory joins Jim and Margery to talk about his paper's busing coverage, as well as the New York Daily News editorial decision to stop using the name of Washington's professional football team. [50.09]
  • Juliette Kayyem will be Wednesday's Open Mic guest. Kayyem will talk about Mass. election results, Pres. Obama's speech Wednesday night about ISIS, and the new head of the Veterans Administration, Robert McDonald. Kayyem is a former Mass. gubernatorial candidate, and a current contributor to CNN. [1:10:31]
  • Medical ethicist Art Caplan talks about an excess of media coverage about the ebola virus when so many other deadly and widespread diseases need equal time. Caplan will also discuss new research showing that people eat at least twice as much when watching action films than they do in less exciting ones. Art Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. [1:28:36]
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:39 am
Wed August 27, 2014

BPR: Juliette Kayyem, Women Leaders, Art Caplan, More Sleep For Teens, Workplace Movies

In the wake of the police response in Ferguson, MO, questions have been raised about military vehicles and weaponry being used by US police forces.
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  • (Starts at 1:00) Former Homeland Security administrator Juliette Kayyem talked about the threat of ISIS and the prospect of Americans being recruited to the group. Kayyem also discussed her latest Globe piece about militarizing US police forces.
  • (Starts at 25:00) Would we have fewer armed conflicts — and less of a rush to take up arms in the first place — if the world had equal numbers of male and female leaders? Jim and Margery talked with listeners about the effect that greater numbers of female leaders would have.
  • (Starts at 44:00) Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about a decrease in opiate overdoses in states where medical marijuana is now legal. Caplan also looked at  the Ice Bucket Challenge, and why so many Americans are woefully uninformed about Ebola, how it's spread, and the risk it poses to people in the U.S. Art Caplan is head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. He's also the co-host of the new podcast Everyday Ethics.
  • (Starts at 1:07:30) Should we push back school start times so teens can get more rest? The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending doing so. Jim and Margery asked parents, teachers and teens whether they'd be open to the idea.
  • (Starts at 1:27:41) Ahead of Labor Day, film critic Garen Daly broke down the best workplace movies. Office Space, The Apartment, Glengarry Glen Ross — what's your favorite? Leave it in the comments below.
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:50 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Nancy Koehn On The Heroism Of West African Ebola Workers

An Ebola virus quarantine in Eastern Sierra Leone. Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn said community leaders have been doing the bulk of work to combat the virus, while world leaders stand by.
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Last week the head of Doctors with Borders, Brice de la Vigne, said world leaders are doing "almost zero" to help countries affected by an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. When broad-shouldered world leaders — many of whom have enormous international stature — aren't pitching in, everyday local leaders have stepped in to fill the void.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:36 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

BPR: Crazy Mass. Drivers, Charlie Sennott, Hostage Negotiating, Nancy Koehn, TV Bob Thompson

Why are Boston, Springfield and Worcester ranked so low for driver safety? The cities have had historically bad drivers.
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  • (Starts at 1:00) Professor Michael Knodler talked about a new study that says Mass. drivers in cities like Boston or Worcester may be some of the worst drivers in the American population at large.
  • (Starts at 26:25) GlobalPost cofounder Charlie Sennott -- leader of the GroundTruth Project -- talked about a possible Middle East ceasefire, and the dangers of journalists working in war zones.
  • (Starts at 50:07) To what extent should the United States be willing to negotiate for the release of American citizens from hostile groups? Jim and Margery asked listeners to weigh in.
  • (Starts at 1:03:16) Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three to talk about leadership in the face of a deadly ebola threat in Africa.
  • (Starts at 1:23:29) Bob Thompson recapped the 2014 Emmy Awards, where Breaking Bad, Sherlock and Modern Family came up big winners. Thompson is director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture.
Boston Public Radio Podcast
10:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

BPR: Sister Simone Campbell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nancy Koehn, Ben Bradlee

Sister Simone Campbell
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Jim Braude and Margery Eagan speak with five authors about anxiety, economics, activism, politics and baseball.

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LOCAL NEWS
10:38 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Partners HealthCare CEO Defends Hospital Acquisition Plan

Gary Gottlieb is the CEO of Partners HealthCare.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:38 am
Wed August 6, 2014

BPR: Market Basket, Brian McGrory, Juliette Kayyem, Art Caplan, Dr. Walter Willett

Dr. Walter Willett says friends, family and your environment play a big role in the size of our waistlines.
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  • (Starts at 1:00) Is it time for Arthur T. Demoulas to speak up?
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NECIR
10:39 am
Fri August 1, 2014

FDA To Regulate Lyme, Other Diagnostic Tests

FDA oversight will be phased in over nine years, with the first batch of highest-risk tests subject to FDA review a year after the proposed rules are finalized.
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The US Food and Drug Administration, responding to growing concerns that a host of tests for illnesses from cancer to Lyme disease may be inaccurately diagnosing patients, announced Thursday that it intends to regulate many of the tests.

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Local News
4:38 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Mass. Gets New Abortion Clinic Protection Law

Police in Massachusetts will have new powers to disperse crowds around abortion clinics under a new law signed by Governor Deval Patrick Wednesday.

The governor signed the bill flanked by the Attorney General and the Senate President, the two most powerful women on Beacon Hill. He praised the lawmakers' speedy response to the recent supreme court decision which struck down Massachusetts' 35-foot buffer zone law around abortion clinics.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Block Partners HealthCare Agreement, Say Antitrust Experts

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The Partners HealthCare agreement with the Massachusetts Attorney General came under fire this week by antitrust experts who are calling on a state judge to block the agreement, saying its unlikely to contain rising medical costs

A letter dated July 21 and signed by 21 national antitrust experts and health economists urges the judge to reconsider her support of the proposed settlement. BU economics professor Randall P. Ellis is among those who signed.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:29 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

BPR: Charlie Sennott, Police Commissioner William Evans, Juliette Kayyem, Concert Roundtable

What if health care workers were replaced by robots? Art Caplan from NYU Langone Medical Center talked with Jim and Margery about the coming robot health workers.
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Hour one:  

  • GlobalPost cofounder Charlie Sennott talked to Jim and Margery about the downing of Malaysian Air flight MH17, Secretary of State John Kerry arriving in Israel to try to broker truce between Israelis and Palestinians, and ongoing armed conflicts in Iraq.
  • Art Caplan is head of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. Caplan looked at a thinning US health care workforce, and whether robots could replace some caregivers in the coming decades. Caplan is co-editor of Contemporary Debates in Bioethics.
  • Bay Windows and South Ends News co-publisher Sue O'Connell talked about a new survey that showed a very small percentage of Americans self-identify as gay.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

BPR: Politics, Market Basket, All Revved Up, Pointless Neighborhood Happiness, Seth Mnookin

Are you a believer in neighborliness? A new study says being a good neighbor may not increase your happiness. Jim and Margery asked listeners if that sounded right.
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LOCAL NEWS
6:29 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Partners Merger: Hospitals Push Back Against Expansion Plan

Mass General, Brigham and Women’s, and Newton-Wellesley are some of Boston’s biggest names in health care and have one big thing in common: they all belong to the Partners HealthCare System, which is embroiled in a five-year fight to expand its network even further.  

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Local News
6:04 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Beacon Hill Considers New Abortion Clinic Protection

Massachusetts Democrats say they've written a new bill providing clear access to abortion clinics, following a Supreme Court decision that found the state's "buffer zone" law unconstitutional.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:34 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

BPR: Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, Exercise Prescriptions, Corby Kummer, Kara Miller, Jack Dunn

What if doctors regularly handed out exercise prescriptions? One MGH pediatrician has started doing just that. Jim and Margery talked to her about it.
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
4:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Could Your Wrinkles Raise Your Insurance Premium?

Insurance companies may be able to gauge a person's lifespan by scanning a photograph of their face. But is it ethical?
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Recent developments in facial recognition technology have made it possible to measure a person's lifespan based on facial appearance, and  insurance companies are interested in using this data to decide premiums. But should insurance underwriters determine your rates based on your mug shot?

Medical ethicist Art Caplan returned to Studio Three on Wednesday to discuss the ethical implications of this new project. Caplan is the head of the Division of Medical Ethics at  NYU's Langone Center.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:27 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

BPR: Gift Giveaways, Brian McGrory, Jennifer DeLeon, Art Caplan, Kevin Cullen

Would you open a bank account if you were guaranteed a free, fancy toaster for your troubles? Jim and Margery looked at the growing incentives being used to sign people up for services.
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  • Would a free toaster or a tote bag entice you to sign up for a bank account? Are you more likely to sign up for wireless service if some freebie is attached?
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Local News
5:10 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Suit Challenges NH Health Clinic Buffer Zone

A conservative Christian law group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down New Hampshire's 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics.

Alliance Defending Freedom announced Tuesday that it filed the suit on behalf of several abortion opponents. The suit says the buffer zone signed into law this year violates the free speech rights of abortion protesters.

ADF filed the Massachusetts lawsuit that led to last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down that state's buffer zone.

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Local News
3:18 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

New Prescription For Kids: Go Outside

Tommy Maloney, with the magnifying glass, walks with Outdoors RX in the Stonehurst Trails in Waltham.
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Technology is having a major impact on how childhood is lived in 2014.

Today’s kids spend nearly eight hours a day consuming some kind of entertainment media on a smartphone, tablet or TV. At the same time, outdoor play is dropping precipitously: according to one study, kids today spend just half the time outside that their parents did a generation ago.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:51 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Acton Widow On Two-Year Wait For Late Husband's VA Medical Appointment

The trouble at the federal Department of Veterans Affairs has been front-page news for weeks. At the heart of the scandal are reports of inexcusably long wait times for veterans seeking treatment. Last month, the VA conducted an internal audit to gauge its scope and found more than 57,000 veterans were forced to wait 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointment, and 64,000 veterans never got an appointment after requesting  one.  

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COMMENTARY
8:35 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Fixed Nurse-Patient Ratios Are Needed In More Than Just The ICU

Nurse Danielle Zamerelli checks patient in the intensive care unit at Emory University Hospital Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Atlanta.
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If you have ever had a loved one in a hospital intensive care unit, you know. In that sterile scary room, the nurse can be the most important person.

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Local News
8:52 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Commission Hears Cases For, Against Partners HealthCare Expansion

Massachusetts General Hospital, a Partners HealthCare member.
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The ongoing dispute between Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest health provider, and a group of hospitals objecting to Partners expansion entered a new phase yesterday. Boston’s Health Policy Commission took up the case and heard from those for and against the proposed deal Wednesday.

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LOCAL NEWS
10:33 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Planned Parenthood CEO On Supreme Court Buffer Zone Ruling

Following the Supreme Court's controversial Massachusetts “buffer zone” decision, state leaders are looking for a legal loophole. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that requiring pro-life activists to stay at least 35 feet away from reproductive health facilities violates their First Amendment rights.

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Local News
6:23 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Pols Plan To Strenghten Security At Health Clinics That Offer Abortions

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley outlined possible legislative steps that the state will take to ensure unimpeded access to women's health clinics that offer abortion at a press conference on Wednesday. 

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LOCAL NEWS
5:58 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Treating Substance Abuse By Asking Every Patient

Head to the hospital with a broken bone or a bad bug, and you expect to answer questions about your allergies and health history. But soon, whether you visit the ER or the Dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, you’ll be asked how often you have six or more drinks and how frequently you’ve used illegal drugs in the past year.  

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Local News
5:42 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Brave New World: Preparing For A Post-Buffer Zone Reality

Planned Parenthood on Commonwealth Ave. in Boston.
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The United States Supreme Court today struck down a Massachusetts law that created buffer zones around abortion clinics. 

In front of the large Planned Parenthood building on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, there’s a painted, yellow line 35 feet from the door. It’s the line anti-abortion activists have not been allowed to cross-- the so-called buffer zone.

Ray Neary stands behind it, holding a sign with an image of a fetus. He says he isn’t sure when the Supreme Court ruling goes into effect but he hopes to step over the line soon.

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Local News
11:37 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Abortion Clinic 'Buffer Zones' Unconstitutional

Protesters stand outside the buffer zone of a Planned Parenthood on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.
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The Supreme Court has struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts on Thursday.

The justices were unanimous that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters.

Chief Justice John Roberts says authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with problems outside the clinics.

From NPR News reporter Bill Chappell:

From the law experts at SCOTUSblog:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:24 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

BPR: Casinos, Brian McGrory, Art Caplan, Charlie Sennott, Michael Waldman

A Supreme Judicial Court ruling on Tuesday put a casino-repeal initiative on the November Massachusetts ballot. Are you having second thoughts about Mass. casinos?
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  • Jim Braude and Margery Eagan discussed the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court's Tuesday ruling that a question on casino repeal will be placed on the November ballot.
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