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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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Investigating High C-Section Rates, Researchers To Examine Floor Plans

February 01, 2016

Dr. Neel Shah will study how the design of a maternity ward affects C-section rates at 12 hospitals around the country.

Mass. Men Hit Particularly Hard By Opioid Crisis, New Data Show

January 20, 2016
Confirmed opioid deaths in Massachusetts, from January through September 2015, by gender (Massachusetts Department of Public Health)

Over the first nine months of 2015, three-quarters of the confirmed overdose deaths in the state were men.

With Homeless Shelters Already Full, Boston And State Collaborate On Winter Plan

January 12, 2016
Men prepare to sleep on 25-inch-wide mats in the lobby of Boston's Pine Street Inn. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

At Pine Street Inn in Boston, for instance, winter demand is up more than 20 percent in two years.

Mass. Launches Partnership Aimed At Boosting Digital Health Sector

January 07, 2016
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at a press conference at Boston Children's Hospital Thursday announcing a new public-private partnership to boost the state's digital health care sector. (Greta Jochem for WBUR)

The public-private partnership wants to make Massachusetts a hub for the growing digital health sector.

Patient Demand Surges In Opening Year Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In Mass.

December 31, 2015
Marijuana plants at In Good Health in Brockton (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The state’s first dispensary opened in Salem in June. There are now four dispensaries up and running in Massachusetts.

In 2015, The Opioid Crisis Continued To Ravage Massachusetts

December 28, 2015

Massachusetts’ opioid crisis continued to be a major story of 2015. WBUR’s Martha Bebinger joined Deborah Becker on Morning Edition to discuss the issue.

Head Of JFK Library Foundation Resigns

December 02, 2015

CEO Heather Campion’s departure comes after months of turmoil at the library and the foundation.

Study Suggests 19 Percent Could Be Benchmark C-Section Rate

December 01, 2015
This graph that compares maternal mortality and C-section deliveries per 100 live births shows that C-section rates above 19.1 percent do not increase a mother’s chance of surviving childbirth. (Source: JAMA)

The study found no benefit in preventing death for the mother or infant when C-section rates rise above approximately 19 percent.

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.

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.

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