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.
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.
Dr. Paul Sax, clinical director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, writes it might be time to say it's OK for people to go outside without a mask on - but to keep one handy for those inside visits. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Harvard Gazette interviews Paul Biddinger, medical director for emergency preparedness at Partners Healthcare, which owns both Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's hospitals, who says that while the volume of patients continues to increase, we may no longer be heading toward a hospital collapse of the sort seen in Italy: Read more.
WBZ reports the booth, based on a design from South Korea, lets clinicians examine and test people with Covid-19 symptoms from behind a polycarbonate shield, meaning they don't have to use a new set of increasingly rare personal protective equipment for each patient.