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How Pittsburgh's Freedom House Pioneered Paramedic Treatment

The groundbreaking ambulance service was created in the 1960s as the city struggled with racial tensions and poor medical transport. It trained African-American men to provide crucial emergency care.

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The Brother Went To Fight Ebola. So Did His Sister. Mom Was 'A Wreck'

He's an epidemiologist. She's a nurse. And both of them felt compelled to head off to West Africa to battle the virus.

6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana, Survey Says

A Pew Research Center survey shows that 63 percent of Republicans under the age of 34 favor legalization.

The Art Of Syrian Refugees Sends A Message. Is Anyone Listening?

Syria's refugees are waiting for a new life. The artists among them are depicting this life in limbo — and their memories of the country they left behind.

How A Group Of Lung Cancer Survivors Got Doctors To Listen

Lung cancer survivors who met online banded together to get an option they credited with helping them added to treatment guidelines used by cancer specialists.

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One Man's Race To Outrun Alzheimer's

Cape Cod journalist Greg O'Brien has always found solace in running, and a diagnosis of Alzheimer's hasn't stopped him. But making it work — for himself and his family — isn't always easy.

While New England Gets Snow, West Africa Gets Sand

A hot wind blows from the Sahara Desert across West Africa each winter. This year, the clouds of sand are so thick that flights are grounded, cocoa trees are suffering and everyone has a cough.

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

Millions of tons of food are wasted on college campuses around the country, and students are noticing. Some of them are now rescuing food to make tasty meals for the needy and compost for gardens.

Parents Choose A Simple Device To Reshape A Baby's Ear

Sometimes a baby's outer ear may be a tad misshapen. Surgery can help later on, but a plastic mold makes the most of the fact that a newborn's ears are pliable. They can reshape within weeks.

Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

Since 2009, a federal watchdog has levied only 22 penalties against health care organizations for failing to safeguard information about patients.

Forecast: Sunday Storm To Drop 3 To 6 Inches Across Mass.; Another Storm Tues.

March 1, 2015

Snow is going to move into the area late Sunday afternoon and continue through much of the overnight before ending between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Monday.

Got Dense Breasts? This Question Could Save Your Life

February 27, 2015
Having dense breast tissue can make mammograms hard to read, and may increase the risk of breast cancer. (American Cancer Society/AP)

Having dense breast tissue can make mammograms hard to read, and may increase the risk of breast cancer.

How Bipolar Disease Was Treated At Wesborough State Hospital In The 40s

February 26, 2015
The what remains of the main building of the Westborough State Hospital in Westborough. (Drew/Flickr)

When Mimi Baird was six years old, her father disappeared from her life. “My mother told me he wasn’t coming home,” she says. “It was just, he was ‘away.'”

Allergy Solutions Take New Forms

February 26, 2015
This Feb. 20, 2015 photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. (AP)

New breakthroughs on peanut allergies – treatment and prevention. And a question: are we too clean for our own good? Plus: did giant gerbils from Asia really bring the bubonic plague to Europe?

Walsh, Volunteers Conduct Boston’s Annual Homeless Census

February 26, 2015

Mayor Marty Walsh and 300 volunteers took the streets Wednesday night to tally up Boston’s homeless population for the city’s annual homeless census.

NFL Hopefuls Turn To Wearable Tech For An Edge

February 24, 2015
Wearable devices, like this "miCoach Elite System" by Adidas, allow athletes and trainers to analyze second-by-second health and performance reports. (

With devices that can cost upwards of $100,000, athletes and trainers are able to analyze real-time health and performance data.

Rural Hospitals Without Medicaid Expansion Struggle

February 24, 2015
Connie Chapman, who worked at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, Mo.,for 40 years, looks over a nearly empty room in the hospital, which is slated for demolition on May 1. (Todd Feeback/Heartland Health Monitor)

In many rural counties, hospitals are the largest employers, but many say they’re now facing layoffs, even closure.

What Do Changed Cholesterol Recommendations And Other Dietary Guidelines Mean?

February 23, 2015
Eggs for sale are seen in a Des Moines, Iowa grocery store. Drink less sugary soda, but an extra cup of coffee or two is OK. So are eggs. And as always, don’t forget your vegetables. A government advisory committee is recommending the first real limits on added sugars, but backs off stricter ones for salt and cholesterol intake. (Charlie Neibergall, File/AP)

The big news this month about what we should eat and why has to do with cholesterol.

Oversight Of Home Caregivers Said To Be Lacking

February 23, 2015
Toni Giusto keeps a box within reach filled with the pens, paper and letters to keep her busy. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)

With the aging of the U.S. population, more elderly and disabled people than ever are receiving care in their own homes.

Israeli Doctors Give Wounded Syrian A 3-D Printed Jaw

February 23, 2015
Israeli doctors rebuilt Mohammed's jaw using a titanium replacement, produced from a 3D printer. (BBC)

The young farmer with a new titanium jaw is among 1,500 or so Syrian refugees who have received treatment at Israeli hospitals.

‘Rock Star Nurse’ Fights Ebola

February 23, 2015
Yanti Turang is an indie rock singer-turned-nurse and founder of Learn to Live. (

Yanti Turang is an indie rock singer-turned-nurse who founded the global health nonprofit LearnToLive.

A Mother’s Battle Against Medical Errors

February 20, 2015
Alyssa Hemmelgarn reading a book. (Courtesy of Hemmelgarn family)

Carole Hemmelgarn is on a mission to help medical professionals avoid errors, after the death of her 9-year-old daughter.

Home Sick? Try These Recipes

February 20, 2015
Kathy Gunst's avgolemono soup (Greek-style chicken-lemon-orzo soup) with Meyer lemon and dill is a delicious, soothing and healing winter soup. (Kathy Gunst)

Our resident chef shares recipes to make you feel better, including Greek lemon soup, chicken soup and ginger tea.

Obama Administration Extends Enrollment For Health Insurance

February 20, 2015

The extension is for people who just became aware that they owe a penalty for being uninsured, and want to avoid that penalty.

Using Protective Headbands To Prevent Concussions

February 19, 2015
St. Thomas Aquinas women's soccer team members started using the ExoShield from Storelli this year. (Luis Hernandez/WLRN)

Critics say the headbands won’t work, but one girl’s soccer coach in South Florida is making them mandatory.

Life Forever Young? It's Here Sooner Than You Think

February 19, 2015
As people live longer and longer, questions rise around how to live better, longer. (Flickr / Yuliya Bahr)

We’re sorting through the science of living a longer, healthier life with the author of “Spring Chicken.”

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