Doctor shortage: Tanya Albert Henry of American Medical News takes a look at the effects of expected shortages in physicians, including primary care doctors, outlined in a report released last month by the Massachusetts Medical Society.
What’s your health story?: The Mayor’s Health Line blog, a project of the Boston Public Health Commission is now taking short health-related submissions.
Debating, defending the P.S.A. test: Yesterday, I included in this roundup a New York Times blog post from a doctor looking at the troubles with cancer screening, published after the US Preventive Services Task Force said last week that healthy men should not be given a P.S.A. blood test to screen for prostate cancer. The newspaper also published this letter from Dr. Donald S. Kaufman, an oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, saying the prostate test is invaluable and abandoning it will lead to more deaths from the cancer. (Hat tip to Tinker Ready for pointing the letter out on her blog.) Gary Schwitzer’s HealthNewsReview has an interesting video from a pair of doctors discussing the test, one who chose to get tested and one who didn’t.