Noteworthy News of the Day

Posted on May 6, 2011


Vaccine safety talks can burn up valuable checkup time
May 2 2011, Christine S. Moyer, American Medical News
A study suggests that pediatricians and family physicians consider holding group medical visits for parents worried about vaccine safety. Because of the amount of time needed to address immunization safety for these parents, there is a larger burden on pediatricians and family physicians to address these concerns during well-child appointments.

Strike avoided at Tufts Medical Center
May 6 2011, Robert Weisman, Boston Globe
Negotiators for Tufts Medical Center and the Massachusetts Nurses Association agreed on an 18-month contract extension early this morning, only hours before 1,100 registered nurses were set to walk off their jobs at the Boston teaching hospital.

Mother of disabled child wins a $7 million settlement
May 6 2011, Travis Anderson, Boston Globe
A superior court judge approved a $7 million settlement yesterday in a lawsuit brought by a Shrewsbury woman against four medical professionals at a Worcester hospital, whom she accused of failing to offer or explain tests that could have prompted her to have an abortion rather than carry her now-disabled child to term, her lawyer said yesterday.

Beth Israel Deaconess CEO search heats up
May 4 2011, Liz Kowalczyk, Boston Globe
The search for a new chief executive at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is heating up, and a debate is brewing about whether that person should be a physician.

Asthma Rate Rises Sharply in U.S., Government Says
May 3 2011, Roni Caryn Rabin, NY Times
Americans are suffering from asthma in record numbers, according to a study released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one in 10 children and almost one in 12 Americans of all ages now has asthma, government researchers said.