Man Dies At South Dakota Hot Dog Eating Contest

July 9, 2014
Competitive eating contests have become a summer tradition. Pictured is a hot dog eating contest in California, 2010. (Space Pirate Queen/Flickr)

A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in Custer turned tragic when a contestant choked to death.

Suicide-Proofing The Golden Gate Bridge

July 7, 2014
Golden Gate Bridge (wallyg/Flickr)

A man who survived a jump off the bridge is among those who support a plan to build a steel suicide “net.”

Miles O’Brien: Life After Amputation

July 3, 2014
Television journalist Miles O'Brien wrote for New York Magazine about how losing an arm after an injury on assignment changed his life. (Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos/New York Magazine)

The veteran TV reporter injured his arm earlier this year while on assignment. His world soon changed dramatically.

Rwandan Man’s New Arms Replace Those A Father Destroyed

July 1, 2014
Greig Martino fits a new prosthetic on Patrick Mbarushimana at the United Prosthetics workshop in Dorchester, Mass. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

WBUR’s Martha Bebinger brings us the story of Patrick Mbarushimana, a patient in Boston who is learning to use artificial arms.

Jury Awards $16.7M In Boston Malpractice Suit

June 30, 2014

A jury has awarded $16.7 million to the daughter of a Boston woman who died of lung cancer after a radiologist missed evidence of the cancer in a chest X-ray.

Judge Delays Decision On Partners Deal To Allow For Public Comment

June 30, 2014

The public will have until July 21 to submit comments on the agreement that would allow Partners HealthCare to acquire South Shore Hospital and Hallmark Health.

Mass. Lawmakers Pass Compounding Pharmacy Bill

June 30, 2014

The bill was prompted by a nationwide meningitis outbreak stemming from a tainted steroid produced by a now-closed Framingham pharmacy.

DPH Disqualifies 9 Planned Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

June 27, 2014

On Friday, DPH announced it has eliminated some of the companies it originally named as qualified to run the dispensaries.

9 Of 20 Mass. Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applicants Eliminated

June 27, 2014

Those eliminated include the two proposed in Boston, and three put forward by former Massachusetts U.S. Rep. William Delahunt.

Protesters Welcome Buffer Zone Ruling, While State Leaders Seek Action

June 26, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously struck down the Massachusetts law creating abortion clinic buffer zones.

Mass. Senate OKs Nurse Staffing Bill

June 26, 2014

The Senate unanimously approved legislation that sets nurse staffing ratios in intensive care units within Massachusetts hospitals.

High Tech Ice Baths? A Look At Whole-Body Cryotherapy

June 26, 2014
Franck Ribery, member of the French national football team, uses a medical engine for cryotherapy at a training center in Kircha on June 7, 2012, on the eve of the Euro 2012 football championships opening match in Warsaw. Cryotherapy has been growing in popularity in recent years, including with professional athletes. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

Not yet approved by the FDA, the therapy has been slowly gaining popularity in the U.S., including with some professional athletes.

Mass. Officials Will Seek New Buffer Zone Rules

June 26, 2014

Massachusetts officials who support protest-free zones around abortion clinics say they will try to craft new rules in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Expert Who First Spotted Lyme In Ticks Calls ‘Chronic’ Lyme Overdiagnosed

June 24, 2014
Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks like this one. (Getty Creative Images)

Since discovering Lyme disease, Dr. Allen Steere has been on what he’s called a “long journey” to research it.

Search For Daughter’s Liver Donor Thrust Charlie Fiske Into A Lifetime Of Service

June 24, 2014
Charlie Fiske just returned from a stint with the Peace Corps in Malawi. (Courtesy)

As a young father, Charlie Fiske led the search for a liver donor for his infant daughter, back before organ banks existed. His efforts are credited with the creation of the National Organ Transplant Bank.

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