Spring Conference at MIT, Saturday, May 6

Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War, a conference to be held at MIT, May 6. The growing hostility between the US and Russia — and with North Korea and Iran — makes it more urgent than ever to reduce the risk of nuclear war, as well as to rethink plans to spend a trillion dollars replacing US nuclear weapons with new ones that will be … Continue reading Spring Conference at MIT, Saturday, May 6

Tommy Douglas and Health Care Reform

Last week at the meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine, Drs. Gordon Guyatt and Steffie Woolhandler gave excellent presentations about single payer health care. Dr. Guyatt emphasized that Tommy Douglas’s 1962 work in Saskatchewan was critically important to the development of the Canadian health care system. America can also achieve a single payer system if we work together. Continue reading Tommy Douglas and Health Care Reform

Six hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi violate regulations protecting low-income patients

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is urging a half dozen hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi this week to comply with federal laws and regulations designed to protect low-income patients from harsh collection practices. The SPLC discovered that the hospitals, which are believed to benefit from a tax-exempt, nonprofit status due to their mission to serve patients regardless of income, are failing to comply with … Continue reading Six hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi violate regulations protecting low-income patients

The Campaign to Lead the World Health Organization

In May, the World Health Organization will select a new director general, a choice that will affect the health of hundreds of millions in the developing world — perhaps even more if a global pandemic were to emerge. For the first time, the selection will be made by a vote of the W.H.O.’s member nations for candidates who have campaigned openly for the post. The … Continue reading The Campaign to Lead the World Health Organization

Soura Bhattacharyya Co-founder & CEO, Lattice Innovations

Today, I am featuring a brief interview with Soura Bhattacharyya, who is doing important work on TB transmission. Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born in Kolkata and grew up in Delhi. Once I finished high school (in Delhi), I  have been moving somewhat routinely – during undergrad, work, grad school, and thereafter. Post high school, the my longest … Continue reading Soura Bhattacharyya Co-founder & CEO, Lattice Innovations

Go vegan, save the planet

Today, a guest post from Dr. George Wang about the plant-based diet. George recently authored an excellent op-ed on CNN.com entitled Go Vegan, Save the Planet. So, I reached out to him, and he wrote me the following email: I think physicians have significant responsibilities, as figures of public trust, to counsel health care consumers and the public on the benefits of following plant-based diets–for … Continue reading Go vegan, save the planet