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Martha Bebinger

Reporter, WBUR

Martha Bebinger covers health care and other general assignments for WBUR. She also created and frequently contributes to HealthCareSavvy, WBUR’s community of patients starting to shop for health care.  She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, class of 2010.

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Doctors In Massachusetts Now Required To Offer End-Of-Life Counseling

December 19, 2014
With a new state law taking available, this information will be offered for end-of-life care. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

BOSTON — Doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and other health providers in Massachusetts are now required to offer end-of-life counseling to terminally ill patients. The requirement, part of a 2012 law, takes effect Friday with the posting of rules about how it will work.

14 Charged In Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 17, 2014

BOSTON — Fourteen former employees or associates of the New England Compounding Center were arrested Wednesday on charges related to tainted steroids the Framingham pharmacy produced in 2012 that killed 64 people across the country and injured 751, some permanently.

Brigham And Women’s Vivek Murthy Confirmed To U.S. Surgeon General Post

December 15, 2014
Dr. Vivek Murthy is an internist at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His nomination for U.S. surgeon general has stalled, largely due to his advocacy of gun control. (Charles Dharapak/AP/File)

BOSTON — Democrats squeaked out a 51-43 vote Monday to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy, 37, in the waning days of their control over the U.S. Senate.

Tufts Medical Center And Boston Medical Center In Merger Talks

December 10, 2014

BOSTON — It’s not clear how close the Boston hospitals are to an agreement.

If Guns Threaten Health Like Smoking Or HIV, What Should Doctors Do?

December 08, 2014
Ray Duggan, 32, a former Young Bloods gang member from Providence, told physicians at the conference about the 2004 shooting that left him paralyzed, and his work now to break up gang feuds and street violence. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

A conference in Massachusetts took up the issue of doctors asking patients about gun ownership.

Medical Marijuana 101: What Does A Dispensary Worker Need To Know?

December 01, 2014
The Northeastern Institute of Cannabis in Natick (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

BOSTON — As the marijuana industry takes shape in Massachusetts, it will need a trained workforce. In Natick, the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis is offering classes.

Baker Taps Marylou Sudders To Lead Health And Human Services Department

November 21, 2014
Marylou Sudders (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Several groups are praising his choice, citing Sudders’ work as the former state mental health commissioner and former head of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

12 Tips For Nurses And Doctors Treating Transgender Patients

November 20, 2014
(Alex E. Proimos/flickr)

Transgender medicine is a concept that is just now taking shape. Two professors offer these tips for nurses and doctors.

New Mass. Health Connector Website Works, But Some Enrollees Have Problems

November 15, 2014

So the new site works and that, by itself is a success, say some people who’ve struggled to enroll or help residents do so for the past year. But lots of people are asking why — when the state has spent $254 million between the old, failed site and this new one — they are still having so much trouble signing up for a health plan.

What You Need To Know For Saturday’s New Health Connector Launch

November 13, 2014
A draft excerpt of what the Connector open enrollment dashboard will look like

Saturday is the first day of open enrollment via the Health Connector.

Boston Nurse Records 'Desperately Sad' Experiences Treating Ebola Patients In Liberia

November 12, 2014
A Ebola health care worker next to the body of a woman suspected of dying from Ebola, before as they off load her at a grave site near the Bomi County Ebola Clinic on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

BOSTON — John Welch, a nurse anesthetist at Boston Children’s Hospital is one of the small, but growing number of doctors, nurses and lab workers from Boston traveling to West Africa to help fight the Ebola crisis.

After Loss, Coakley’s Political Future Uncertain

November 05, 2014
Martha Coakley speaks to supporters after her governor's race loss. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Coakley is not saying what kind of work she’ll pursue when her term as attorney general ends in January. “I want to find a way to continue working for the people of Massachusetts. What form that takes, I don’t know yet,” she told supporters Wednesday morning.

In Hyde Park, Everyone Has A Menino Story To Tell

October 30, 2014
Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s imprint is all over Hyde Park, where he grew up and raised his family. Pictured here, Menino's wife Angela applauds as he is introduced at a 2013 ceremony held to name the Hyde Park YMCA after him. (AP)

BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s imprint is on dozens of multi-million dollar initiatives around the city. But it’s also everywhere in Readville, the section of Hyde Park where Menino, who passed away Thursday at 71, was born, raised his own children, and was called Tommy as often as he was called mayor.

What We Know About Menino’s Health

October 24, 2014

BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has decided to stop his cancer treatment.

Harvard Gets Largest-Ever Gift: $350M For School Of Public Health

September 08, 2014
Gerald Chan (Courtesy Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University is outlining details of the largest donation in the school’s 378-year history. The $350 million gift, in memory of a Hong Kong businessman, is to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Health Leader Berwick, Now A Candidate, Seeks ‘Compassionate Government’

August 29, 2014
Dr. Donald Berwick at WBUR in January (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s positions are built on a foundation of what he calls progressive values.

Burundi Woman Models Future Of Farming In Lancaster

July 29, 2014
Fabiola (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

LANCASTER, Mass. — A woman from Worcester who fled conflict in Burundi will be honored at the White House Tuesday as a Champion of Change.

New Bill Seeks To Strike Balance Between Safety, Free Speech Rights At Abortion Clinics

July 15, 2014

BOSTON — There’s a replacement in the works for the abortion clinic buffer zone law ruled unconstitutional last month by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Menino Plans To Keep Busy While Receiving Cancer Treatment

March 17, 2014
Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

BOSTON — The former Boston mayor went public this weekend with word of his diagnosis.

Deputy, Inmate Injured In Shooting At Mass. Eye And Ear

August 01, 2013

BOSTON — Two Middlesex County deputy sheriffs were escorting an inmate who needed treatment when he managed to get access to one of the deputy’s firearms.

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