Massachusetts Medical Society: Health Topics: News & Resources

Health Topics: News & Resources

  • Ebola Outbreak Underscores the Benefits of Preparedness August 26, 2014

    Even though Ebola is unlikely to pose a widespread threat in the U.S., it is still very important that clinicians know what to look for and how to manage the virus. From Dr. Paul Biddinger, chair of the MMS Committee on Preparedness.

  • Physicians Now Need State-Approved Concussion Training to Clear Student-Athletes August 25, 2014

    Vital Signs, September 2014 - State regulations now require physicians and others who provide medical clearance for students participating in Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) activities to verify that they have received state-approved training in traumatic head injury...

  • Volunteering or Donating During an Emergency August 15, 2014

    Links to resources from the USAID and United Nations.

  • DPH Clinical Advisory on Ebola Virus: July 31, 2014 August 1, 2014

  • Planning Ahead: What Are Your Choices? Advance Care Planning Brochure (pdf) July 15, 2014

    The MMS Committee on Geriatric Medicine presents a concise brochure to facilitate important yet difficult conversations about planning health care goals between patients, their families and health care providers. Brochure in PDF format, 2 pages. 

  • Learn How to Close the Health Care Gender Gap April 29, 2014

    Vital Signs May 2014 - There is a persistent five- to seven-year gap in life expectancy between men and women. In the United States, the life expectancy for a man is 76 years of age; for a woman, it’s 81. Although male infants outnumber female infants at birth 105 to 100 in the United States,...

  • MCPAP for Moms: Addressing Perinatal Depression for Maternal/Child Health April 29, 2014

    Vital Signs May 2014 - A new statewide program, Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) for Moms, aims to minimize these barriers by helping providers effectively prevent, identify, and manage depression in pregnant and postpartum women. The program draws on the successful outcomes of...

  • A Year Later: Dealing with the Fears of Your Children After a Disaster April 4, 2014

    As the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy approaches, the heightened public focus and media attention on the event may cause  distress in children and result in stressful reactions. Knowing the signs of stress, how to ease stress, and when to ask for help is important.

  • A Year Later: Coping with the Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings April 4, 2014

    The first anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy may bring up many different emotions for survivors, loved ones of victims, and those who witnessed the event. Here are some tips for coping, how to recognize when you need help, and where to get help.

  • When ''Less Is More'' for Your Patients February 25, 2014

    Vital Signs March 2014 -- Acting as stewards of health care resources for all of society turns out to benefit our own individual patients as well. In the spirit of “Less Is More,” the MMS has adopted policies calling on regulators and insurers to apply evidence appropriately when promulgating...

  • Eliminating Health Care Disparities in Your Practice February 25, 2014

    In Massachusetts, we have several years’ experience with health care reform, and have seen most of our residents obtain insurance coverage. Yet, studies find that even among those with insurance, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities persist in both health care access and outcomes.

  • Law Expands Oral Health Services for MassHealth Patients February 25, 2014

    Vital Signs March 2014 -- Beginning March 1, adult Medicaid patients will be able to see any MassHealth-participating dentist for fillings needed to restore their teeth, thanks to a recent law that reinstates some restorative services, which had been eliminated entirely in 2010. Existing benefits...

  • Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Pediatricians Applaud Signing of Childhood Vaccine Bill February 13, 2014

    The MMS and the Mass. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics praise the signing of legislation to enhance childhood immunization in the Commonwealth.

  • MMS Welcomes CVS Caremark Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco Products February 5, 2014

    This decision represents a milestone in tobacco prevention efforts by eliminating the availability of tobacco at more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide.

  • Massachusetts Medical Society Statement Regarding Medical Marijuana Dispensaries January 31, 2014

    Physicians will continue to watch its rollout carefully, to ensure that the focus remains on patient care and patient safety.

  • Massachusetts Moving to Online Death Certificates January 28, 2014

    Vital Signs February 2014 -- Beginning this spring, Massachusetts physicians will transition from the current paper-based death certificate to a web-based electronic death registration system.

  • MMS Develops Health Information Sheets for Middle Schoolers January 28, 2014

    Vital Signs February 2014 -- The MMS Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine last month launched a series of information sheets for students in grades 5 through 8.

  • Tobacco Free Mass. Targets State's Colleges January 28, 2014

    Vital Signs February 2014 -- Tobacco Free Mass, a statewide coalition of youth and health advocacy organizations, including the MMS, called for tripling the number of tobacco-free campuses in the state by 2015 at a recent symposium held at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

  • Youth and Tobacco: Dr. Howard Koh January 14, 2014

    Howard Koh, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in a public service announcement on why it's important to curb tobacco use among the...

  • Public Health: Minding the Gaps in 2014 December 16, 2013

    From December 2013/ January 2014 Vital Signs - As near-universal access to health insurance expands nationwide, the public health community looks forward to the coverage for preventive services required by the new law. Services such as cancer screenings, vaccinations, chronic disease management,...


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