Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said today no criminal charges are warranted for the police gunfire outside Brigham and Women's Hospital that injured a hospital valet and sent Juston Root driving down Rte. 9, until he was stopped and shot to death by pursuing officers near the Chestnut Hill Star Market on Feb. 7, 2020. Read more.
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DA: BPD cops did nothing wrong in shooting at man with fake gun outside Brigham and Women's; man later shot dead by police in Brookline
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So far tonight, burst pipes caused by the sudden freeze have forced three hospitals to send patients elsewhere, left Wang Theatre patrons out in the cold, angrily yelling to be let back in, and flooded a floor at the Prudential Center mall. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board today approved a request for a Panera to stay open 24 hours a day - inside the lobby of Brigham and Women's Hospital at 75 Francis St.
GBH interviews a Brigham and Women's doctor involved in a trial of Pfizer's flu vaccine, which like its Covid-19 shots, would involve lab-built RNA designed to stimulate an immune response, a technique that could speed delivery of new vaccines.
A couple from Sharon who says Brigham and Women's Hospital lost their newborn's body before it could be handed over to a funeral home for burial is suing the hospital for more than $1.1 million in damages. Read more.
WBZ reports the man's family says the vaccine is against his principles; the hospital says it's not going to waste a valuable heart on somebody with a greater chance of dying after the surgery.
Starting Wednesday, Brigham and Women's Hospital will limit patients to just one visitor at a time due to Covid-19 concerns - and no more than two visitors or "support persons" for the entire day. Read more.
Patients at Mass. General and Brigham and Women's and their community hospitals and physician groups as well as patients at Mass. Eye and Ear and Dana-Farber are eligible to share in an $18.4-million class-action settlement of a claim involving information the health-care providers' Web site may have shared with Facebook and Google - but they have to sign up by Dec. 15. Read more.
A group of employees at Mass General Brigham, the state's largest hospital concern, today asked a federal judge to block a requirement that they get vaccinated against Covid-19, saying it violates not just their religious freedom but their rights under federal disabilities law. Read more.
WBZ reports Brigham and Women's researchers will have started a trial to determine whether Vitamin D can reduce the odds of hospitalization and death among people newly diagnosed with Covid-19 - and whether it can help their family members ward off the virus.
WGBH reports on problems.
WCVB reports that President Elect Biden has named Brigham and Women's Dr. Atul Gawande to his new Covid-19 advisory board.
Dr. Jeremy Faust, an ER doctor at Brigham and Women's, takes a look at recent Covid-19 data in Massachusetts and is not liking what he's seeing. Really not liking it: Read more.
Brigham and Women's reported this afternoon that 19 staffers and 9 patients have now tested positive for Covid-19 in a cluster related to two units, and that 600 additional people are now awaiting testing.
The hospital says all of the cases have been in people connected to its Braunwald Tower 16A and 14CD units. Read more.
NBC Boston reports on a cluster of Covid-19 cases among 19 patients and staffers in two medical/surgical units, with another 420 people awaiting test results.
WBZ reports on the lawsuit by the family of Justin Root, fatallly shot in Chestnut Hill after threatening police with what turned out to be a fake gun outside Brigham and Women's Hospital. A valet was injured by a bullet shot at Root by an officer.
Complete complaint (3M PDF).
WBUR reports on efforts by Black residents at Mass. General, Brigham and Women's and Boston Medical Center to boost both minority employment and do more about health disparities between white and minority patients.
3D printing not everyhing: Harvard researchers find way to mass produce nasal swabs cheaply and in bulk using old-fashioned injection molding
Starting this week, some people going in for Covid-19 testing in New York City will be asked to have two swabs stuck up their noses, one a traditional plastic stick tipped with cotton or nylon, the other also a plastic stick, but one that ends in a corkscrew design rather than having something absorbent attached to it, and designed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute, based at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Read more.
Gamma radiation useful for making Hulks, not so good for sterilizing N95 face masks, MIT, Brigham and Women's researchers say
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