Health

Getting to better health care at lower cost

Getting to better health care at lower cost

Medicaid and private health plans can bolster ‘food is medicine’ services

FOR YEARS, “MAUREEN” struggled to manage her diabetes while battling cardiac illness, asthma, and other chronic health issues. The 70-year-old Boston-area resident was not eating well and was severely overweight – until she found a recipe that helped her shed nearly 50 pounds and get her diabetes under control. Maureen enrolled in a program that(...)

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Tackling transgender health disparities

Tackling transgender health disparities

Challenges remain for gender-minority adults despite defeat of referendum repealing rights

MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS SOUNDLY rejected efforts to allow discrimination against transgender individuals – upholding the current law that protects them from unfair treatment. Despite this positive news, there are continuing efforts at the federal level to bar transgender status from discussions of gender, limiting all individuals to a designation of male or female at birth. That(...)

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Yes on 3 is a healthy choice

Yes on 3 is a healthy choice

Referendum on transgender rights affects more than bathroom access

ALL OF US know that accessing basic health care and emergency medical care treatment is essential to taking care of ourselves and our families. This November, voters will have a unique opportunity to uphold a Massachusetts state law that prohibits discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations, which includes hospitals and doctors’ offices. Voting Yes(...)

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Drug costs at pharmacies lack transparency

Drug costs at pharmacies lack transparency

Statute needed to require patients be informed of cheaper alternatives

AS A PRACTICING PHYSICIAN, nearly every time I write a prescription, I have to ask myself: “Will this patient be able to afford this at the beginning of the calendar year when they have not yet met their deductible? Will they be able to afford this medicine in the middle of the calendar year when(...)

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Canada cannabis

The bong, er, gong, sounded early Wednesday morning for the nationwide sale of marijuana in Canada, only the second country in the world to legalize the drug and the first major world economy to allow adult use and sales. The move from vote to sale was just four months, a relatively lightning-fast period that many(...)

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It’s Jaws all over again

It’s Jaws all over again

Scared by sharks, how will we respond this time?

THE FATAL SHARK ATTACK on 26-year-old boogie border Arthur Medici Saturday at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet scared the hell out of me. Reading about the terrible incident, I could hear the John Williams theme to Jaws in my head. “Don’t go in the water.” The 1975 Steven Spielberg movie, based on the book by(...)

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It’s Jaws all over again

The fatal shark attack on 26-year-old boogie border Arthur Medici Saturday at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet scared the hell out of me. Reading about the terrible incident, I could hear the John Williams theme to Jaws in my head. “Don’t go in the water.” The 1975 Steven Spielberg movie, based on the book by(...)

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E-cigs pose big danger to teens

E-cigs pose big danger to teens

Let's tax the product to police the usage

NOW THAT MARIJUANA can be sold legally in Massachusetts, we want to remind you of an age-old problem: smoking in the boys’ room.  Indeed it is a problem in the girls’ room, too. Long before Motley Crue sang about ditching class for a smoke, students were lighting up when they thought no one was looking. (...)

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E-scripts for opioids save lives

E-scripts for opioids save lives

Technology exists for officials to pass laws to stem the crisis

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER recently signed into law a bill to mitigate the state-level effects of the ongoing opioid crisis. Like other such legislative efforts at both the federal and state levels, this important legislation requires healthcare providers and pharmacies to switch to electronic prescribing of controlled substances. This most recent legislative success reflects just how(...)

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Questions about ballot questions

Questions about ballot questions

Confusing ads and dueling studies sure to fog voters’ minds

WITH PRIMARIES OUT OF THE WAY and the November elections bearing down on voters, the push for two of the three referendums on the ballot is beginning to heat up. The onslaught of dueling data is just beginning to hit stride as both sides will tout studies and grab onto fungible facts that boost their(...)

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