cancer

Healthcare Triage Podcast: Covid Longhaulers and the Value of Online Conversation

In this episode, Dr. Natalie Lambert talks with Dr. Aaron Carroll about her research on COVID-19 long haulers, who experience symptoms for weeks or months after their initial diagnosis. They discuss COVID topics that are being overlooked in the media, and why online forums can […]

Aduhelm is FDA Approved for Alzheimer’s, But Does it Work?

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that affects millions of people in the US alone, so there was a lot of excitement about recent news headlines of a drug approved to treat the disease. However, the approval was met with an outcry from several medical experts. […]

Cancer Journal: A Soldier of the Great War

We construct life stories to present ourselves to the world, and the narratives we choose matter. A cancer memoir, like this one, tells a life story. So how does cancer figure in mine? Part of the normative cultural frame for cancer memoirs is that cancer […]

Do Dates and Raspberry Leaf Tea Ease Labor and Delivery?

Pregnancy comes with a lot of advice concerning everything from how to determine the sex of the baby to how to ease both pregnancy symptoms and the oft-dreaded task of labor and delivery. Most of these stand on little to no evidence, but some are […]

What’s Happening with Medicare Advantage and Why it Matters

Tasha McAbee (@tasha_mcabee) is an MPH student at Boston University School of Public Health. For over 50 years, Medicare has provided affordable health insurance to hundreds of millions of people. At present, almost 62 million individuals depend on the public program to help cover the […]

Ending the Campaign to Undo the ACA in the Courts

That’s the subhead of a new piece from me (gated, unfortunately) at the New England Journal of Medicine about the Supreme Court’s decision in California v. Texas. For a taste: In an angry dissent, Justice Samuel Alito, joined by Justice Neil Gorsuch, accused the majority […]

A Brief History of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (How They Became the “Shady Middle Men” in the Drug Market)

This is a guest post by Taylor J. Christensen, M.D. (@taylorjayc). Dr. Christensen is an internal medicine physician and health policy researcher with a background in business strategy and health services research. Since any mystery in the healthcare system intrigues me, I’ve been working on […]

Cancer Journal: The Sad Thing About Good News

This post has good news about my treatment. But in cancer, even good news can pose a challenge. To appreciate how good the news is, let’s go back to April 2021 and the meeting with my surgeon when I learned that my neck cancer was […]

Socioeconomic Disparity and Inequality Even Extend to Breathing

Individuals with higher socioeconomic status may enjoy a longer life, but we haven’t precisely pinned down all the reasons why. Disparities in lung function may help explain the lifespan gap between the poorest and richest Americans, and in today’s episode we cover a recent study […]

Recent publications from Boston University’s Department of Health Law, Policy and Management: July 2021 Edition

Below are recent publications from me and my colleagues from Boston University’s Department of Health Law, Policy and Management. You can find all posts in this series here. July 2021 Edition Blok AC, Anderson E, Swamy L, Mohr DC. Comparing Nurse Leader and Manager Perceptions […]