Engaging health-care workers to reduce tuberculosis transmission

Although the proportion of global tuberculosis cases that arise from nosocomial transmission is unknown, many studies document that ongoing transmission in health-care facilities, primarily from undetected cases, is an important driver of the tuberculosis epidemic.1 Health-care workers are disproportionally affected by the occupational hazard of tuberculosis transmission, with at least a three times higher incidence of active tuberculosis shown in low-income and middle-income countries.2 A … Continue reading Engaging health-care workers to reduce tuberculosis transmission

Ira Helfand, MD: Halt the nuclear weapons spending spree

This year’s 71st anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings should serve as an urgent reminder of the momentous decision about nuclear policy that faces our country today. The international community is working for a new treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The Obama administration is opposing that effort and proposing instead that the U.S. spend $1 trillion over the next three decades to maintain and … Continue reading Ira Helfand, MD: Halt the nuclear weapons spending spree

Journal Club Presentation at Mass General

Germicidal UV is a critically important technology which can help reduce nosocomial TB transmission. Tomorrow, at 8 AM at the Potts Conference Room at Massachusetts General Hospital, I will be giving a journal club presentation on the recent article, Controlled Trial of Upper Room Ultraviolet Air Disinfection: A Basis for New Dosing Guidelines. Hope to see you there! Continue reading Journal Club Presentation at Mass General

A man from the Middle East with thrombocytopenia and complex liver lesions

Check out our new case just published on the Partners ID Images website. A man was seen in an outpatient clinic because of chronic thrombocytopenia and a liver mass noted incidentally on imaging studies. Computed tomography with intravenous contrast revealed internal thick septations and partial peripheral calcification in a mass lesion (6.5cm by 9.5cm by 8.5cm), and a smaller lesion (4cm by 3cm by 3cm) … Continue reading A man from the Middle East with thrombocytopenia and complex liver lesions

Setsuko Thurlow on Hiroshima

“I saw the bluish white flash in the windows… I had the sensation of floating in the air… the building I was in was falling…” On August 6, 1945,  Setsuko Thurlow was a 13-year-old eighth grade student at the girls’ school in Hiroshima. At 8 a.m. that morning, she was on the second floor of the school’s building, about one mile away from the site that … Continue reading Setsuko Thurlow on Hiroshima

Father Daniel Berrigan

I decided to briefly interrupt my hiatus from blogging and social media to recall the life of the legendary antiwar priest, Father Daniel Berrigan, who died on Saturday at the age of 94. Berrigan was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, and playwright.  Please read his obituary in the New York Times and several stories about his life on Democracy Now.  Given the global tendency towards war, Berrigan’s legacy is exceedingly important. Thanks so … Continue reading Father Daniel Berrigan