FDA Considers ‘Women’s Viagra.’ Again.

June 4, 2015
In this  Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, photo, Cindy Whitehead holds a tablet of flibanserin in her office at Sprout Pharmaceuticals in Raleigh, N.C. (Allen G. Breed/AP)

The Food and Drug Administration is considering today whether to approve a pill that would increase sexual desire in women much like how Viagra works in men.

Was Rejecting Medicaid Expansion The Right Move? Florida Reconsiders.

June 3, 2015
Lobbyists work in the rotunda between the Florida House and Senate chambers during session, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. The Florida House adjourned its annual session three days early because of a budget impasse with the Senate over Medicaid expansion. (Steve Cannon/AP)

The state legislature in Florida is stuck in a fierce battle that could be a preview of what’s coming for other states.

‘Heaven Knows What’ Takes A Bleak Look At Heroin Addiction

May 27, 2015
A still from the film "Heaven Knows What," directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. (Courtesy)

Filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie discuss the unusual approach they took to making this film, which is based on Arielle Holmes’ memoir.

Old-Fashioned Bell Helps 12-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Battle Cancer

May 26, 2015
David Gerfast is being treated for a rare type of cancer at Mass General. (Courtesy of the Gerfast family)

David Gerfast and his family are fighting cancer with an old-fashioned ship captain’s bell and high-tech proton beam radiation.

Egg Buying 101: Cage-Free, Omega-3, Organic And More

May 26, 2015
Egg choices at the supermarket. (Solveig Osk/Flickr)

When it comes to buying eggs, there are many options. We get an egg-buying tutorial from an expert.

Problems Persist At VA Despite Congressional Mandate

May 25, 2015
Exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center pictured on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona, (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Almost a year after a scandal rocked the Veterans Affairs administration leading to a $15 billion infusion to fix the problems, long wait times and limited access to care remain unsolved.

Water Quality Survey Gives Boston-Area Beaches High Marks

May 23, 2015

One report found that water quality at South Boston beaches was “consistently cleaner” than a number of iconic urban beaches, including Coney Island and Santa Monica.

Oregon Looks To Raise Wages For People With Intellectual Disabilities

May 22, 2015
Workers with All Seasons Grounds Care at the City of McMinnville Water Reclamation Facility. (Chris Lehman/Northwest News Network)

Some adults in Oregon with developmental disabilities are paid as little as 25 cents an hour – well below the minimum wage.

Wal-Mart Calls On Suppliers To Treat Farm Animals Better

May 22, 2015
Pigs on a farm in the village of Gangzhong in China's eastern Zhejiang province on November 19, 2013. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

The retail giant is asking its suppliers in the U.S. to treat farm animals better, and give them fewer antibiotics.

The Brave New World Of ‘Editing’ Human Genes

May 22, 2015
Humankind Can Now Tinker With Its Gene Pool, But Should It?

A new gene technology is so powerful, it’s sparking debate about whether humankind should tinker with its own gene pool.

What’s Next For Colorado’s Controversial Birth Control Program?

May 22, 2015
In this image provided by Merck, a model holds a Nexplanon birth control hormonal implant. In a report released on Feb. 24, 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, long-acting but reversible methods of birth control are becoming increasingly popular among U.S. women, with IUDs redesigned after safety scares and the development of under-the-skin hormone implants. (Merck via AP)

The state legislature has voted against continuing a program that’s credited with reducing teen pregnancies and abortions.

Walgreens Joins Gloucester Police Effort To Offer Discounted Anti-Overdose Drug

May 21, 2015
In this 2012 file photo, a tube of Naloxone Hydrochloride, also known as Narcan, is held up. Narcan is a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Gloucester Police will subsidize the cost of Narcan for those who are uninsured using the department’s drug seizure funds.

Your Doctor, Always Available, For A Monthly Fee

May 21, 2015
Dr. Jeff Gold and his patient Steve Bird, who is being examined for an earache (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

As most of us know, it can be difficult to get an appointment for a routine doctor’s visit. So, one doctor in Marblehead is trying something new — he’s charging a flat monthly fee for basic primary care.

Why Are More Black Children Taking Their Own Lives?

May 21, 2015
School bus (caitlinator/Flickr)

Donna Holland Barnes, president of the National Organization for People of Color against Suicide, discusses why, and what can be done.

Study: Suicide Rate Doubles For Black Children 5–11 Years Old

May 21, 2015
Empty swings (Stuart Herbert/Flickr)

The suicide rate among young black children has nearly doubled over the last two decades, even as it declined for white children.

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