Category: Boston Herald

Mayor, union reserve judgment on possible BMC-Tufts merger

December 12th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Boston Herald, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and a key health workers union are taking a wait-and-see stance on the possible merger between Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center — which will be judged, they say, based on how well the teaching hospitals operate as a fused entity…

Expert quote:

“BMC and Tufts have both been around for a very long time and have served patients who, many of them, have chronic illnesses. And if either were to close, many, many patients would be displaced.”

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Health Connector sticks with Jonathan Gruber

November 18th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber will remain on the board of the Massachusetts Health Connector, even as President Obama attempts to distance himself from the embattled MIT economist and conservatives used him in an attack ad in a high-
profile U.S. Senate race…

Expert quote:

“It would make political sense for him to disappear. Just get rid of him. Have him do a mea culpa statement and go into the dustbin of history. There’s just no way you can keep him on with a straight face and tell everyone that everything’s working fine. He’s become a poster boy for the bad management of Obamacare.”

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Chabot: Gov.-elect needs to keep lid on angry side

November 17th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

How long till we see Angry Charlie again?…

Expert quote:

“You can’t run away from your character. You might push it down but eventually it’s going to bubble up.”

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Boston doc: Science, not quarantines, key to Ebola fight

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Ebola, NEIDL, Newsmakers, Ronald Corley, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Ronald Corley, School of Medicine, NEIDL

A New York doctor whose Ebola diagnosis prompted controversial mandatory quarantine rules there and in New Jersey was deemed healthy Monday night and the city was declared Ebola-free yesterday — putting more ammo in the argument against those stringent guidelines, said one local doctor…

Expert quote:

“It’s the stuff of science fiction. What political people and health officials try to do is give people a sense of safety.”

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Ebola side effects

November 8th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Ebola, Nahid Bhadelia, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Hub doctors just back from West Africa’s Ebola zone warn that although the outbreak shows signs of tempering, deaths caused by a slew of other illnesses and even childbirth complications are skyrocketing…

Expert quote:

“We’re really seeing that a majority of morbidity and mortality now is not Ebola, it’s actually other preventable diseases. All of these countries had poor infrastructure to begin with.”

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Chabot: Deval Patrick scandals damaged Martha Coakley campaign

November 6th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Voters elected Republican Charlie Baker in part as a demand for a strong manager on Beacon Hill — where scandal after high-profile scandal plagued Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration and tainted Democrat Martha Coakley’s failed campaign…

Expert quote:

“I think Charlie Baker suddenly portrayed the race as Patrick’s third term, asking voters if they want more of the same. He was able to hang those around Martha Coakley’s neck. She needed her own message, not Patrick’s.”

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Boston mourns, campaigns go west

November 1st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

The candidates for governor are ramping up their campaigns in western Massachusetts as the Boston area mourns the death of former longtime Mayor Thomas M. Menino…

Expert quote:

“You go out to Worcester and Springfield, (people may say), ‘Yeah he was a nice guy,’ but I don’t think it sucks all the oxygen out of that political world for the people out there. I think when you go outside the Boston media market, it’s a question of whether (Menino’s death) will have an effect.”

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Charlie Baker’s tears could sway undecideds

October 30th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Charlie Baker’s weepy mid-debate tale about a hard-luck New Bedford fisherman and his sons — a story that dates back to his last campaign — could sway undecided, sympathetic voters, but it could push skeptics toward Martha Coakley if they don’t buy his sincerity, political watchers say…

Expert quote:

“There’s almost nothing that happens at this stage in a campaign that is spontaneous, that hasn’t been done before. But Martha does kind of go onto the back burner. And at this point, if you have a day that benefits you and not your opponent, that’s a good day.”

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Harvard prof develops fast, cheap prototype Ebola test

October 28th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Ebola, James Collins, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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James Collins, College of Engineering
John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

A Harvard researcher and his team have developed a prototype Ebola test that could detect the virus in 30 minutes and cost less than $1 to reproduce…

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Top pols parade through New Hampshire

October 8th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

The neck-and-neck race for a Granite State U.S. Senate seat is drawing the nation’s top political stars as Mitt Romney, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are all set to follow U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio into the fray in the coming weeks…

Expert quote:

“New Hampshire is certainly one of the races to watch but there’s so much pressure to win so many of these states that the big dogs are going to be doing appearances everywhere.”

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