Health

N.E. Governors Promise Regional Strategy To Combat Opioid ‘Scourge’

June 17, 2014

Five governors said overdose rates in their states are rising and affecting the quality of life of all residents.

Medtronic To Buy Mansfield-Based Covidien For $43B

June 16, 2014

To reduce administrative overlap, Medtronic executives say they will eliminate some of Covidien’s 1,800 Massachusetts jobs.

Building Tiny Human Organs With 3-D Printing

June 16, 2014
Dr. Bhatia's lab creates artificial livers that look like contact lens and are approximately 10-20 mm in length. After implantation into laboratory mice, these livers can be used to test drugs for humans. (MIT)

Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia is part of a bio-engineering revolution that is transforming the field of medicine.

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.

Saving Patients’ Lives Through Suspended Animation

June 10, 2014
The emergency entrance to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is seen on October 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

In a clinical trial, researchers plan to remove all of the trauma patient’s blood and replace it with cold salt water.

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.

Study Looks At What’s Killing Centenarians

June 9, 2014
(surroundsound5000/Flickr)

As the number of people over 100 grows, new research shows they’re less likely to die from cancer or dementia than 80- to 99-year-olds.

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.

‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Resonates For Esther Earl’s Parents

June 6, 2014
Wayne and Lori Earl are pictured at the Here & Now studios. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

The film, inspired by the life of Esther Grace Earl, who died from cancer in 2010 at age 16, comes out in theaters today,

School Lunches: Growing Your Own And Tips For Eating Better

June 6, 2014
Students at the Kimberton Waldorf School get to help cultivate the food they eat for lunch. (Kimberton Waldorf School)

It’s one thing for a small, private school to incorporate gardening and healthy eating into its curriculum, but what can poorer schools do?

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.

Young Doctor Becomes Crusader To Keep Teens Out Of Tanning Beds

June 5, 2014
Dr. Brundha Balaraman, a dermatology resident at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is behind new Missouri law requiring anyone under 17 to get parental consent before using an indoor UV tanning device. (Valerie Yermal/Flickr)

Dr. Brundha Balaraman is behind a new Michigan law requiring anyone under 17 to get parental consent before using a tanning bed or booth.

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