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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.

Recent stories

Storify: Did You See That Pregnant Woman Running The Boston Marathon?

April 22, 2014
Colleen Murphy Smith ran the Boston Marathon yesterday 34 weeks pregnant. She finished 6 hours and 18 minutes. (Instagram)

Spectators were shocked, inspired and just plain surprised to see a number of pregnant women running this year’s Boston Marathon. Here’s one woman’s story.

Heat Takes Marathoners By Surprise

April 22, 2014
Clyde Dickey from Texas tried for a personal record, pushed too hard and was treated for heat exhaustion. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

On Marathon Monday, almost 4,000 runners and a few spectators walked or were wheeled into a medical tent along the course.

Can You Run Hard While Weeping? Some Boston Marathoners Will Find Out

April 21, 2014
Carrie Lundell (left) and her niece Becky Anderson have been crying a lot as today's race approaches, but hope to keep tears at bay while they run. (Courtesy Carrie Lundell)

Ahead of today’s Boston Marathon, some runners said the race may be as taxing emotionally as it is physically.

Boston Hospitals Reflect With Pride On Marathon Bombing Response

April 15, 2014
A Boston Strong banner hangs at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Tuesday. (Bill Sikes/AP)

None of the Boston hospitals lost a patient the day of the bombings or in the days and weeks that followed, even though the pressure did not let up. MGH trauma surgeon David King said for hospital staff, it was a marathon week.

Bittersweet Marathon Anniversary: Lost A Leg, Gained Cherished Friends

April 15, 2014
Heather Abbott (left) and Roseann Sdoia (right) developed a friendship after last year's bombing. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Roseann Sdoia and Heather Abbott had been acquainted before shrapnel shredded the lower part of Abbott’s left leg and most of Sdoia’s right leg. Now they’re fast friends who push and inspire each other and offer support and counseling.

For Heroin Treatment, Testing A New Drug And ‘Peddling Hope’

April 11, 2014
Jacob Daus (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

Addiction treatment programs across the country are watching a Barnstable County pilot project using the drug naltrexone.

Legislators, Again, Grapple With Mandatory Nurse-Patient Ratio

March 26, 2014
Massachusetts Association of Nurses (MNA) members pile copies of studies in front of legislators at a State House hearing Monday. The MNA claims these studies prove the need for mandatory, tight nurse-to-patient ratios at all hospitals in Massachusetts. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

It’s an issue that crops up at the State House every few years and has never been resolved: Should there be a law limiting the number of hospital patients under the care of a nurse at any given time?

Carrying Memories, Marathon Medical Team Prepares For Possible Record Crowd

March 21, 2014
Medical personnel work outside the medical tent after the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. (Elise Amendola/AP)

April 21 could be doubly challenging for the Boston Marathon medical team. Memories of bloodied runners and spectators are still fresh for some doctors and nurses. And now they must get ready to care for 36,000 registered runners, thousands of unofficial “bandits” and an expected spike in crowds along this year’s route.

Gun Laws: A New Litmus Test For Surgeon General?

March 19, 2014
Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy (AP, provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital)

The NRA said a vote for Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama’s nominee for U.S. surgeon general, would be considered a vote against the group. Members of the medical community are stunned by the opposition.

Mass. To Drop Contractor Behind Flawed Health Insurance Website

March 17, 2014
(Click to view the full Mass. health exchange dashboard update on Scribd)

Six months after a new health insurance enrollment site was supposed to be up and running, most of the elements don’t work for all users or don’t work at all.

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