Degrees of Freedom

November 20, 2018

A scientist’s work linking minds and machines helps a paralyzed woman escape her body

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For all the enthusiastic media coverage they get, brain-computer interfaces are neither routine nor even widely available more than a decade after the first prototypes

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Two years into Maribel’s recovery and treatment, David’s boss gathered his staff into his office. Don’t worry, he said, business is good. Your jobs are safe. But there would be one change: Health insurance offered through the company would soon be discontinued. It had simply become too expensive

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Losing Laura

November 5, 2018

Peter DeMarco writes, “My wife, Laura Levis, did everything she could to save herself when the asthma attack began. She went to Somerville Hospital and called 911, too. How could she have been left to die just outside the emergency room?”

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Medical treatments targeting the DNA in tumor cells are celebrated, but insurers often won’t cover the skyrocketing cost

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Nearly 40 percent of Americans incorrectly believe that alternative medicine can cure cancer, a new study out Tuesday finds. “People feel like these types of therapies align with their personal and philosophical beliefs about managing their health,'”said one expert

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When people living with HIV walk out of prison, they leave with up to a month’s worth of HIV medication in their pockets. What they don’t necessarily leave with is access to health care or the services that will keep them healthy in the long term

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Elderly residents given intensive therapy in the last weeks of life jumped 65 percent, a study shows, raising questions about financial incentives

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