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U.S. Relay For Marathon Charity Concludes

April 13, 2014
Runners celebrate at the conclusion of the One Run For Boston. (Jack Lepiarz/WBUR)

BOSTON — More than 750 runners wrapping up a coast-to-coast relay race to raise money for a Marathon charity are expected to soon cross the finish line in Boston.

Marathon Bystanders Deal With Mental Health Issues

April 13, 2014

BOSTON — Hundreds of people have taken advantage of a range of programs offered – free of charge – at Boston-area hospitals for those affected by last year’s bombings.

State Eyes ‘Functional’ Health Exchange By Fall

April 10, 2014

BOSTON — The board overseeing the state’s health care exchange has been told that a long-term fix for the connector’s troubled website is still months away, even while the state is reporting progress in clearing the backlog of applicants for subsidized insurance.

Measles Confirmed In Western Massachusetts

April 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Health officials in western Massachusetts say a confirmed case of the measles was reported last week by a Springfield hospital.

‘Something Very Important Was Shared’: Doctors Who Treated Marathon Bombing Victims Remember Back

April 9, 2014
FILE - In this April 15, 2013 file photo, medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston.  A federal grand jury in Boston returned a 30-count indictment against bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday, June 27, 2013, on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

BOSTON — Two doctors who helped bombing victims at the Boston Marathon finish line describe how that experience changed them personally and professionally.

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.

Fort Hood Shooting Renews Attention To Mental Health Services

April 7, 2014

The weekend shooting at Fort Hood is raising new questions about mental health care for soldiers and veterans.

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.

Group Helps Families Of Those Killed At Fort Hood

April 7, 2014
Mark Power hugs his wife Brandi Power as his son Damon Power sits on his shoulders as they and others participate in a flag walk in memory of those killed and injured by Iraq war veteran, Ivan Lopez, on April 4, 2014 in Killeen, Texas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors provides support to military families who lose a soldier to suicide, in combat, or in tragedies like that at Fort Hood.

‘Toxic Trail’: When Waste Is Moved Around The Country

April 4, 2014
Environmental Restoration project manager Tim Sloan oversees the work cleaning up the American Brass superfund site in Headland, Ala., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. The site is one of 40 on the Superfund list that are ready for the final construction work needed to finish cleanup. (Dave Martin/AP)

A new report finds the movement of waste to treatment sites creates a whole new set of environmental problems.

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.

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