Lindsay Kalter, Boston Herald

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Past articles by Lindsay:

ALS researchers make progress with big projects in Massachusetts

The biggest boons in ALS research have been seen in work on genes and biomarkers — ways to identify the disease and its progress within the body — according to local advocates and researchers.“The areas of genetic discovery and biomarkers have been really hot,” said Dr. Sabrina Paganoni, ALS researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital. “It’s really a new frontier. Genes and biomarkers hold a… → Read More

Report: Massachusetts leads nation in cutting opioid prescriptions

Massachusetts is leading the nation in driving down opioid prescriptions, according to a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts report released yesterday.“It’s only one piece of the crisis, but this was the problem that got it started,” said Dr. Ken Duckworth, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ medical director for behavioral health. “There’s no question this is an important win in the… → Read More

Proposed noncitizen voting in Boston not seen as likely for other areas

The City Council is considering ways to let noncitizens vote in city elections based on a controversial measure being pushed by Council President Andrea Campbell — but such a concept would not likely gain broad support outside of liberal areas like Boston, say public policy experts. → Read More

Folic acid linked to mental illness prevention in womb

Women may be able to prevent severe mental illness in their children by consuming enough folic acid — found in foods such as grains, rice, ce → Read More

Unexpected high: 21 percent of Mass. adults report using marijuana in past 30 days

One in five Bay Staters have used marijuana in the last 30 days, according to the state Department of Public Health — a high number compared to past studies.“It’s higher than what we’ve found before,” said Marc Nascarella, the study’s principal investigator. “In the past, we’ve seen about 12 percent. It was surprising to us that the difference would be so great.” → Read More

Rain, rain going away, heat on way

Boston is about to get hit with a blazing heat wave, and local docs are warning residents to pay attention to signs of heat-related illness to avoid a trip to the emergency department.“People I see with heat exhaustion say it just snuck up on them,” said Dr. Ali Raja, vice chairman of Massachusetts General Hospital’s emergency department. “But there’s usually a half-hour time period when they… → Read More

‘Premature’ to label gamers disordered

People who spend too much time playing video games can now be diagnosed with “gaming disorder,” according to a recent announcement by the World Health Organization, but local psychiatrists and researchers aren’t so sure about the controversial move. → Read More

Study: TB vaccine helps treat Type 1 diabetes

A cheap, old-school vaccine for tuberculosis has been used to restore blood sugar levels to near-normal in Type 1 diabetes patients, giving hope for affordable and effective treatments for the chronic and costly disease. → Read More

Existing vaccine shows promise as type 1 diabetes breakthrough

A cheap, old-school vaccine for tuberculosis restored blood sugar levels to near-normal in type 1 diabetes patients, giving hope for affordable and effective treatments for the costly chronic disease said Dr. Denise Faustma, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Immunobiology Laboratory, principal investigator and senior author of the recent paper. → Read More

Atul Gawande: Leading nonprofit health care venture ‘aligns perfectly’ with my mission

Brigham and Women’s surgeon and Harvard’s Ariadne Labs founder Dr. Atul Gawande will bring his public health prowess to a new role at the helm of an Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway nonprofit health care innovation organization. → Read More

Father, son share addiction recovery on Father’s Day

Father-son duo Rick and Eric Dyer share more than just DNA and a last name. → Read More

Study finds possible link between flavoring, heart disease

Local researchers have, for the first time, found a possible link between heart disease and the flavoring used in electronic cigarettes — products largely marketed to adolescents. → Read More

Family, friends rally for woman with CF

Friends and family of a 32-year-old Somerville woman in a medically induced coma awaiting a lung transplant are raising money for her surgery, which they say will cost thousands of dollars even with insurance coverage.Amy Scafidi was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 11 and has been dealing with the debilitating lung disease ever since. She has made countless hospital visits for bleeds and… → Read More

Researchers develop pill alternative to weight loss surgery

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are developing a surgery in a pill that has the potential to replace invasive weight loss procedu → Read More

Suicide rates increase in Massachusetts, matching national trend, CDC says

The tragic suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have shed light on a national crisis that, according to recent data, continues to worsen in the Bay State and beyond.And when a celebrity dies by suicide, it provides a shocking reminder of a bleak and often forgotten reality: People who seem to have it all may be suffering the most. → Read More

Jonathan Kraft talks CTE, safety

New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft spoke at the BIO International Convention yesterday — where Gov. Charlie Baker announced $20 million in tax incentives for life sciences companies to create more jobs — and defended the NFL’s role in traumatic brain injuries, giving a rundown of recent initiatives to make the game safer. → Read More

MIT sensor shows promise for diagnosing, treating disease from inside the body

An implantable device the size of a grain of rice could one day diagnose disease, administer medication and even treat brain conditions like Parkinson’s.The tool, developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is controlled by radio frequency waves and has been successfully tested on pigs. → Read More

‘No healthy tan’: Skin cancer rates high in New England

New England has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the country, with areas on the Cape seeing double the national average, according to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.“It’s somewhat surprising,” said Dr. Bruce Nash, chief physician executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. “The most important thing to recognize is there is no healthy suntan.” → Read More

Bay State biz groups look to lessen ER overuse

Massachusetts businesses are looking to crack down on emergency room overuse, which they say will save $100 million in state health care costs.Twenty business organizations in the Bay State have formed the Massachusetts Employer-led Coalition to Reduce Health Care Costs that will aim to reduce emergency department use by 20 percent in the next two years. → Read More

Harvard study: Hurricane took titanic toll on Puerto Rico

Eight months after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, Harvard researchers estimate the death toll to be about 70 times greater than initially thought, according to a new study. → Read More