Health

Painkiller Ban Raises Constitutional Questions

April 8, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state’s first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached.

Zohydro Maker Sues To Block Massachusetts Ban

April 8, 2014

BOSTON — The maker of Zohydro, a controversial new prescription painkiller, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block Massachusetts’ ban on local doctors prescribing and dispensing the drug.

Mass. Insurer Moves To Curb Opiate Addiction

April 8, 2014

BOSTON — Blue Cross Blue Shield says it has cut the number of painkillers prescribed by more than 6 million, cutting some rates for popular drugs by 20 to 50 percent.

Boston Offers Free Counseling As Marathon Bombing Anniversary Approaches

April 7, 2014

BOSTON — City officials are offering free counseling services as the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings gets closer.

Report: Mass. Mental Health Services ‘Way Behind’

April 7, 2014

BOSTON — A new report cites inadequate funding for police training and a shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds.

Drug Take-Back Day Aims To Stem Abuse

April 7, 2014

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano called turning in old prescriptions a small but still important step.

Mass. To Curb Smoking In Public Housing

April 3, 2014

BOSTON — The Department of Housing and Community Development on Thursday issued guidelines to all 240 local housing authorities urging them to develop smoke-free housing policies within their state-aided public housing units.

Why The Doctor’s Always Late

April 2, 2014
Dr. Gearhart and Catrena Drake update the day's appointments, marking which patients have arrived and which patients are still waiting to be seen. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

WHYY’s Maiken Scott wanted to find out, so she spent a morning at a busy Ob/Gyn and midwifery practice in Philadelphia.

Deadly Ebola Outbreak In Guinea Is Spreading

April 1, 2014
Staff of the 'Doctors without Borders' ('Medecin sans frontieres') medical aid organisation carry the body of a person killed by viral hemorrhagic fever, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images)

Already more than 80 people have been killed from the hemorrhagic fever which has no vaccine or treatment.

Debate Over Opting Out Of Health Insurance For Religious Reasons

April 1, 2014

The Christian Science Church heavily lobbied for a religious exemption to the new health law. We hear from two sides.

Mass. Insurance Deadline Extended For Many

March 31, 2014

BOSTON — Despite a hobbled website, Massachusetts health officials said Monday that they’ve surpassed federal target enrollment numbers.

Health Care Deadline Might Be Extended For Some People

March 31, 2014

Although the administration said there would be no more extensions, it now seems like there is a bit of wiggle room.

As Health Care Deadline Approaches, Some Choose Not To Sign Up

March 31, 2014

Today is the last day of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, and some people are choosing not to sign up.

Brookline Woman Sues State Over Son’s Isolation

March 31, 2014

BOSTON — A Brookline woman has filed a lawsuit against the state prisons department alleging that her 31-year-old son is being restrained for long periods at a state psychiatric hospital in violation of state law.

Why M&M’s Are Made With Natural Coloring In The EU And Not The U.S.

March 28, 2014
Ingredients in Nestlé Smarties, including plant-based dyes. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

American companies are removing artificial dyes linked to hyperactivity from products in Europe, but not at home.

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