The Globe takes a detailed look at the practice in the orthopedic surgery department at Mass. General: The hospital says it's safe, lets surgeons in training gain valuable experience and, oh, yeah, brings in more revenue. Other Boston hospitals don't allow it except in emergencies.
The US Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a jury verdict dismissing a young surgeon's sex-discrimination suit against Mass. General, ruling that it saw nothing wrong in the jury's decision or in a judge's decision to bar some of her claims because she waited to long to sue under the federal statute of limitations. Read more.
A federal appeals court yesterday upheld a jury verdict that two local hospitals and their researchers did not commit fraud in winning $12 million in federal grants to study Alzheimer's disease.
Kenneth Jones, a statistician initially involved in the study, had filed a whistleblower suit against Mass. General and Brigham and Women's hospitals and two doctors, alleging they changed data from an initial study to make a better case for the federal grant to look at whether MRI measurements of physical changes in parts of the brain might presage Alzheimer's disease.
Mass. General reported at 12:45 p.m.:
The initial test for Ebola on the patient admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital yesterday with suspected Ebola virus disease is negative. The patient has, however, tested positive for malaria. Further diagnostic testing is needed to definitively rule out Ebola virus disease and other diagnoses.
A steam main at Mass. General gave way this morning, sending a thick plume of steam into the air - and generating a wicked loud noise. Jacob Baime, who took the video, reports:
The noise was so loud it startled me awake.
He adds that by 9:30 a.m., everything was calm again.
A Middlesex County prisoner about to get medical treatment at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary managed to grab a deputy sheriff's gun and shoot him. A second deputy then shot the prisoner in the chest, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said today.
According to Davis, the prisoner, from a Middlesex County correctional facility, arrived at the Mass. Eye and Ear emergency room shortly before noon, with two armed deputies, for treatment of an unspecified condition.
Nature reports on some interesting work done by a team of researchers at Harvard and Mass. General, who found inspiration at the jellyfish exhibit at the New England Aquarium.
WBUR reports on possible effects of research cuts on teaching hospitals in Massachusetts, which bring in more federal science funds per capita than any other state - some $2.4 billion just from the National Institutes of Health last year.
The first 80 people who donate blood on Thursday at Mass. General get a free lunch provided by Redbones Barbecue of Somerville.
Galen Loving, a researcher at Mass. General, reports he accidentally left a laptop at Anna's Taqueria in Davis Square around 7 p.m. on Thursday - and that it's now missing:
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted David Flavell, 40, of trying to rape a woman in a Mass. General restroom last October, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
Flavell was found guilty on charges of assault with intent to rape, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and one count of assault and battery for the Oct. 22, 2009, attack on a 27-year-old woman.
Before he can be sentenced, he will first have a second trial at which prosecutors will attempt to prove he is the same guy convicted on an assault with intent to rape charge in 1998 in Essex County. If prosecutors make the case, he will face a longer prison sentence.
In addition to the 1998 conviction, a man named David Flavell was convicted in 2001 on two counts of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, according to his record at the state Sexual Offender Registry, which lists him as a "a high risk to reoffend." In 2008, he was arrested on charges of assaulting a woman in a restroom at a Braintree bookstore.
Dr. Michael Bailin demonstrates an awake endotracheal intubation at Mass. General - on himself:
Via Dr. T, herself an anesthesiologist, who watched the video admiringly.