Health

Is Gun Control The New Litmus Test For The US Surgeon General?

March 21, 2014
Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next U.S. Surgeon General, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on his nomination. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

President Obama’s nominee for the Surgeon General was grilled on his remarks about gun laws. Will guns be the litmus test for potential Surgeons General?

Conn. Health Care Officials Call For Share Of Mass. Funds For Insurance Website

March 21, 2014

BOSTON — Connecticut health care officials are demanding a share of the $45 million in federal money given to Massachusetts to build a health insurance exchange website – saying its site functions, while Massachusetts’ site doesn’t.

Recovering Addict Receives Unexpected Help

March 21, 2014

New England Public Radio’s Karen Brown has been following one addict as he tries to rebuild a life with some unexpected help.

Experts Question Saturated Fat Guidelines

March 20, 2014
Long vilified for concerns of raising the risk of heart disease, experts are now questioning whether foods high in saturated fat, like butter, as as damaging as we've been led to believe. (Casey Bisson/Flickr)

A growing number of experts are questioning the link between saturated fat consumption and heart disease.

Medical Marijuana Company Sues Mass.

March 18, 2014

BOSTON — The Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndromes Foundation alleges its application was scored incorrectly.

Boston Medical Center Chief Discusses Menino’s Cancer Diagnosis

March 17, 2014

BOSTON — Dr. David Seldin, chief of hematology and oncology at Boston Medical Center, joins WBUR to talk about former Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s cancer diagnosis.

Rep. Schock Pushes For Religious Exemption From Health Law

March 14, 2014
Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., is pictured on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 4, 2013. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois makes his case for allowing people to opt out of the Affordable Care Act for religious reasons.

Companies Join Efforts To End Childhood Obesity

March 14, 2014
Birds Eye frozen vegetables executives Michael Barkley, Mark Schiller, Kristopher Corbin and Chef Michael Christensen race on veggie bikes at the PHA Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington D.C., Mar. 13, 2014. (Johnny Bivera/Feature Photo Service for Bird's Eye)

NPR’s Allison Aubrey says companies are learning that marketing health can also be good for business.

Mass. Legislature Faces Deadline To Advance GMO Labeling Bill

March 13, 2014

BOSTON — A legislative deadline is approaching in Massachusetts for the push to require labeling of genetically modified foods.

‘We’re Going To Have More Questions,’ Says Lawmaker Investigating Dispensary Licensing

March 11, 2014

“We definitely want to make sure that she’s living up to that statement,” state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez says of the state medical marijuana program director’s assertion that she’s “confident in the strength and integrity” of the dispensary licensing process.

Coakley Warns Of Cuts In Mental Health Programs

March 10, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley is calling on the Legislature to reject proposed cuts in community-based mental health care.

Breakthroughs In AIDS Prevention And Treatment

March 7, 2014

Dr. Ingrid Katz discusses the breakthroughs, including a novel gene therapy that has the potential to cure the disease in adults.

WHO Urges People To Limit Sugar Intake

March 7, 2014
Coffee and sugar (mhaithaca/Flickr)

The World Health Organization is encouraging people to consume less than 5 percent of their daily calorie intake from sugars.

Sen. Markey To Discuss Drug Abuse Crisis In Mass.

March 7, 2014

HOLYOKE, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is planning to join Congressman Richard Neal and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse to discuss heroin and prescription drug abuse in western Massachusetts Friday afternoon.

Los Angeles To Restrict E-Cigarette Use

March 5, 2014
Catharine Candelario, an employee at the newly opened Henley Vaporium, vapes, or smokes an electronic cigarette, on December 19, 2013 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

As LA moves to ban e-cigs in bars, restaurants and public parks, we look at the health concerns and use among young people.

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