Health

Smoking Banned At Cape Cod National Seashore

June 11, 2014

Superintendent George Price says smoking will be prohibited at all six of the park’s guarded beaches beginning June 19.

Partners HealthCare Rivals Oppose Hospital Deal

June 11, 2014

Several Massachusetts health care providers are voicing concerns over a tentative pact that would allow Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest hospital and physicians’ network, to acquire at least three more hospitals.

Patrick Releases Plan Addressing Opiate Abuse

June 10, 2014

A state task force recommends better treatment options for addicts and more treatment facilities.

State Sued Over Restrictions On Painkiller Zohydro

June 10, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday will consider whether Massachusetts’ latest attempt to restrict a powerful new painkiller violates the U.S. Constitution.

VA Audit Offers Look At Mass. Wait Times

June 9, 2014

The Veterans Affairs Department says fewer than 600 patients in Massachusetts are waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them.

Cambridge Biotech Firm Idenix Bought By Drug Giant Merck For $3.85B

June 9, 2014
Idenix works out of the 4th floor of a Kendall Square building, where Merck has offices, too. (Photo BioMed Realty)

Merck is trying to own a bigger share of the potential drug cocktail to treat hepatitis C.

DEA Targeting Doctors Linked To Medical Marijuana Groups In Mass.

June 6, 2014

At least two, but possibly more, physicians have already resigned their positions with medical marijuana organizations.

Physician Sounds Alarm On Illegal Drugs Sold On Amazon

June 5, 2014
Assortment of pills (e-MagineArt.com/Flickr)

Dr. Ford Vox says dangerous steroids, stimulants and antibiotics are being sold online without a license or prescription.

Egg Company Fined $7 Million Over Salmonella Outbreak

June 4, 2014
Fresh brown eggs sit in a carton August 26, 2010, in San Rafael, California. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Owners of the egg producer have pleaded guilty to bribing a public official and selling eggs contaminated with salmonella.

Mass. VA Hospital System Benefits From Community Partnerships

June 4, 2014
Coleman Nee, Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Services (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee explains the Commonwealth’s system, which scored five out of five stars for quality of care in a VA analysis.

Opiates On The Islands: Nantucket Drug Concerns Rise With Vacationers

June 4, 2014
Dr. Tim Lepore is a surgeon at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, the island’s only hospital. (Deborah Becker/WBUR)

Many say the opiate problem is exacerbated by the wealth and isolation of the island, and the tens of thousands of vacationers who arrive every summer.

Opiates On The Islands: Overdoses, Arrests Surge On Martha’s Vineyard

June 3, 2014
Police in Edgartown say fishermen regularly find syringes on this secluded beach. "They’ll buy out on the street, come back here, and hide and shoot up,” says Det. Sgt. Chris Dolby. (Deborah Becker/WBUR)

Since August, there have been six fatal opiate overdoses on the island. Arrests for heroin and other opiates have also skyrocketed.

A Health Care Reporter's Fight To Keep Health Coverage

June 2, 2014
Health care reporter Julie Rovner found out how hard it is maintain health coverage when changing jobs. (Twitter)

Julie Rovner recently left NPR for Kaiser Health News, and found herself in the middle of a health care conundrum.

‘I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother’ Blogger Reveals Regrets, Hopes For Mental Health Care

May 30, 2014

Blogger Liza Long says her message–that the mental health care system is broken–hasn’t changed.

Report: Disease Risks Higher Near Logan

May 29, 2014

The report says children living near Logan Airport were three to four times more likely to report asthma-related symptoms.

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