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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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Mass. Moves To Adjust Controversial Medical Marijuana Testing Standards

November 20, 2015
In this slide, DPH compares current testing regulations and the department's proposed changes. In first bullet point, AHP is short for American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, a non-profit that sets quality standards for herbal products and medicines. USP, the United States Pharmacopeia sets stands for medicines foods and dietary supplements.

The state is planning to ease medical marijuana testing standards that dispensaries say are too strict and not realistic.

Walsh Proposes 21 As Legal Age For Tobacco Sales In Boston

November 18, 2015
In this March 2013 file photo, cigarette packs are displayed at a convenience store in New York. Later in 2013, lawmakers in New York City voted to raise the cigarette-buying age from 18 to 21. Mayor Marty Walsh wants to do the same in Boston. (Mark Lennihan/AP, File)

Walsh’s proposal would cover all tobacco and nicotine products, including e-cigarettes.

A Tale Of 2 Hospital Visits: How The Cost Of Care Can Vary Dramatically Depending On Where You’re Treated

November 18, 2015
After receiving almost the exact same care at two different hospitals, this patient was stunned when she received both bills on the same day. (AP File Photo)

After receiving almost the exact same care at two different hospitals, this patient was stunned when she received both bills on the same day.

Who Is Overdosing In Boston And When

November 14, 2015

Boston EMS data shows that the peak times for overdose calls was between 2 and 4 p.m. It also shows that most deaths were recorded between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on a Tuesday or Saturday.

It’s Not Just Heroin: Drug Cocktails Are Fueling The Overdose Crisis

November 13, 2015
The drugs implicated in overdose deaths in Massachusetts from January through June 2014, according to the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (Chart courtesy of Vaughan Rees, PhD, and Christopher Knapp/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

The vast majority of Massachusetts overdose death cases sampled last year were caused by heroin in combination with some other drug or alcohol.

Fentanyl-Related Deaths Up Sharply In Mass.

November 06, 2015

The number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths is up more than 50 percent.

Cambridge ‘Safety Net’ Program Seeks To Catch Troubled Kids

November 06, 2015
After some behavioral issues, Deven is now a client of the Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative. This summer, he was kept busy, including joining a Pop Warner football team. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

In Cambridge, a collaborative of police, schools, social service agencies and the city hospital identify kids getting into trouble, and get them counseling, or boxing lessons — whatever’s needed to keep them out of the courts.

Boston Nonprofit Plans To Open A Room For Supervised Heroin Highs

November 03, 2015
Dr. Jessie Gaeta, chief medical officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, stands in a conference room, which the organization hopes will soon serve as a place where heroin users could ride out a high under medical supervision. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

At this so-called “safe space,” heroin users could ride out a high under medical supervision.

As Mass Shootings Become More Common, A Push To Make Tourniquets Routine First Aid

October 23, 2015
Nurses Bridget Jaklitsch (left) and Theresa Hartel (right) hold a dummy thigh in place as Elizabeth Paquette (center) threads the buckle on a tourniquet at a training session on stopping severe bleeding at the Archdiocese of Boston headquarters in Braintree. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

MGH trauma surgeon David King is at the forefront of a new national campaign to teach the public how to save a life at risk in minutes. His conviction is rooted in 14 years as an Army combat surgeon, and his experience after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Overdose Deaths From Opiates May Be Down In Mass. — But It’s Too Early To Say

October 21, 2015
A used needle is disposed of in a Roxbury park. Boston had 87 opioid-related deaths last year, according to the latest tally from the state. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

New state data may indicate that the number of unintentional opioid overdose deaths is dropping after a period of historic highs. But as the overdose numbers are fluid, the trend could change.

Dell Buys EMC In One Of The Biggest Tech Deals In U.S. History

October 13, 2015
Dell is buying data storage company EMC in a deal valued at approximately $67 billion, the companies announced Monday. (Paul Sakuma/AP)

Dell, known for personal computers, is buying Hopkinton-based EMC in a sale valued at $67 billion.

In Visit To Boston, Clinton Pushes For Stronger Federal Regulation Of Opioids

October 02, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, is joined by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at the Boston Community Forum on Substance Abuse on Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Hillary Clinton says the federal government must do a better job of regulating opiate painkillers during a forum on substance abuse in Boston Thursday.

Tensions Build Amid Resignations At Kennedy Library

September 16, 2015
The resignation of Thomas Putnam, pictured here demonstrating the JFK Digital Archive in 2011, is the latest in a string of departures that coincide with the tenure of Heather Campion, the CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The library’s long-time and widely respected director, Tom Putnam, is the latest in a string of departures that coincide with the tenure of Heather Campion, the CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Where It Began: Mass. Reacts To Supreme Court’s Landmark Gay Marriage Ruling

June 26, 2015
State Attorney General Maura Healey, who is gay, lauds the Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, at a news conference at her Boston office Friday. Former AG Martha Coakley is behind Healey's right shoulder. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

“Now we’ll be able to take our marriage with us,” said David Wilson, one of the couples whose lawsuit led to Massachusetts’ gay marriage law.

Bombing Survivors Share Mixed, Emotional Reactions To Tsarnaev Death Penalty

May 15, 2015
Liz Norden, whose two sons each lost a leg in the attack, speaks to media outside the courthouse and receives support from first responder Mike Ward. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

support wbur today BOSTON Death, “that’s the easy way out for him,” says Carol Downing. “I was hoping that he would go away and never be heard from again,” continues Downing, “and suffer the rest of his life like everybody is going to suffer that’s been involved in this.” Downing’s two daughters spent months in […]

Community Rocked By ‘Unprovoked’ Shooting Leaving Boston Cop In Coma

March 29, 2015

Officer John Moynihan, 34, is in a medically induced coma after being shot in the face by a suspect getting out of his car. The suspect was later killed in a police shootout.

Pine Street Inn Transitions To Permanent Housing

March 09, 2015
Mark Mack, 36, had been homeless, on and off, for 26 years. Here he is in his new apartment in Dorchester -- the first lease he'd ever signed. (Courtesy of Laura Hajar via Pine Street Inn)

With the opening of new apartments, Pine Street Inn — a roof of last resort for more than 40 years — now manages more permanent than temporary beds.

Many In Mass. Await The Next Blizzard With No Heat

February 13, 2015
An oil tank in Robbin Taylor’s basement is empty and she has no money to fill it. The $900 in oil assistance she received at the beginning of winter is long gone. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

Roughly 200,000 Massachusetts households qualify for federal home energy assistance. And about half of those who receive aid have already exhausted that benefit.

14 Charged In Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 17, 2014

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.

After Loss, Coakley’s Political Future Uncertain

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

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.

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