Insurers' out-of-date or fraudulent lists of mental health providers — ghost networks — can prevent vulnerable individuals from getting the care they need.
Eric BoodmanOfficials lists of "in-network" psychiatrists included numbers for McDonald's locations, jewelry stores, and a lot of shrinks who didn't actually accept that particular insurance company.
"I recognize I pushed too quickly into a first-of-kind clinical study," Chinese researcher He Jiankui wrote in an email to a bioethicist at Stanford.
Eric BoodmanThe genetic variant given to the famous CRISPR babies is, it turns out, “probably not a mutation that most people would want to have. You are actually, on average, worse off having it."
The illustrations were compiled by an Austrian medical school dean and were based in part on the bodies of people executed by the Nazis.
Eric BoodmanThe surgeon had already opened the patient's knee when she realized she needed to consult a detailed anatomical map produced 80 years ago. But there was an ethical problem: It was drawn by Nazis.
To the companies selling tests, the ever-evolving nature of ancestry reports is more of a feature than a bug. To consumers, it can mean an identity crisis.
Eric BoodmanHe thought he was 100 % Korean.
Then @23andMe revealed he was almost half Japanese. But when he checked the website again, his Japanese heritage was down to 5%.
@damiangarde on the "existential whiplash" of questionable genetic tests
How well-meaning donations end up fueling an unproven, virtually unregulated $2 billion stem cell industry.
Eric BoodmanI'm a week late to this party, but... The details in this @CarolineYLChen piece are truly bonkers.
Ads for fictional doctors. Laissez-faire regulators. Tissues donated in the haze of childbirth used to make questionable treatments.
Concerns about vaccines spread from friend to friend, family member to family member, beloved leader to congregant. A defense of vaccines spread similarly.
Eric Boodman“Physicians sometimes feel overwhelmed about these vaccine-hesitant parents," @DubeEve told me.
Here's how a whole chain of people—from a rebbe in upstate NY to a stroke specialist in southeastern Minnesota—tried to address that.
The pitches suggest health companies will be introduced by celebrities and millions might see the shows. But the experience doesn't always deliver.
Eric BoodmanA small health care company was excited about (and willing to pay for) a widely distributed TV segment where its work would be introduced by James Earl Jones.
It didn't quite pan out that way.