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    Keeping the whole patient in view, including the social challenges they'll return to after their short stint in a hospital, is as much a part of medical decision-making as diagnosis and prescription.

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    The retired president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says Gov. Charlie Baker "has put forward probably the most sweeping changes in Medicaid or MassHealth in the 50 years of its existence," and they're controversial.

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    In the tragic case of Charlie Gard, the British baby with brain damage whose fate pitted doctors against parents, a medical ethicist would give special consideration to his nurses.

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    Baker wanted to move an estimated 140,000 non-disabled people off MassHealth and into subsidized insurance provided through the state's Health Connector.

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    It's a "mosaic" vaccine that tries to cover the many varieties of HIV around the globe by computer-generating synthetic HIV sequences -- and it could be ready for a big clinical trial in Africa this year.

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    Overall doctors are diagnosing about 15 percent more Lyme disease cases than they did last year, according to athenahealth -- with a lot of geographical variation.

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    "Skinny repeal," the 10 governors write, "is expected to accelerate health plans leaving the individual market, increase premiums, and result in fewer Americans having access to coverage."

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