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Massachusetts Legislators Approve Ban Of Flavored Tobacco Products

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 10:16am

The bill would also levy a 75% excise tax on vaping products and requires health insurers, including the state's Medicaid program, to cover tobacco cessation counseling.

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'We're Here Standing In Solidarity': Health Care Providers As Immigrant Advocates In The Age Of Trump

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 5:27am

Boston-area health care providers are increasingly finding themselves in the middle of the Trump administration's crackdown on immigration.

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New Study Shows Heart Medications May Be Just As Effective If Not Better Than Procedures

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 4:19pm

"This study clearly goes against what has been the common wisdom for the last 30, 40 years" and may lead to less testing and invasive treatment for such patients in the future, said Dr. Glenn Levine, a Baylor College of Medicine cardiologist with no role in the research.

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Knowing If You Have One Of These 14 Genetic Mutations May Help Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 9:13am

“We always had a hunch that maybe there was something in their DNA that predisposed them to this tragedy,” Mass General Hospital cardiologist Amit Khera says. Now, he and his colleagues believe they’ve found 14 different gene variants, spread across seven different genes, that may put their carriers at risk for sudden heart death.

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Medical Education In The #MeToo Era: 'No Option But To Stay Silent'?

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:32pm

Could the eggshells that many male faculty members walk on with female medical students be hindering the deep relationships that help trainees learn better?

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Mass. Has The First Jail In The Country That's Also A Licensed Methadone Treatment Provider

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 5:31am

Rather than hire an outside provider, the Franklin County Jail is the only one in the country licensed to provide methadone itself.

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New Device Could Reduce MRI Scanning Times From An Hour To 5 Minutes

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 2:18pm

Researchers at Boston University have created a device called metamaterial they say could drastically reduce MRI scan times.

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CDC Identifies 'Strong Culprit' In Vaping Illnesses

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 3:19pm

A government lab found the vitamin E acetate in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients across the country.

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MGH Settles With Doctor Critical Of Concurrent Surgery For $13 Million

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:34am

Dr. Dennis Burke was fired in 2015 for allegedly violating patient confidentiality, but he contends he was dismissed for raising safety concerns about colleagues performing two operations at once.

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Vaping Industry Drops Fed Lawsuit Against Mass. Ban

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 3:56pm

The vaping industry has dropped its federal lawsuit challenging Massachusetts' temporary ban on the sale of vaping products while a separate suit advances in state court.

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CCC Does Not Uphold Medical Marijuana Vape Sales Ban

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:48am

The ban's coverage of marijuana products is set to lift Tuesday for medical patients. It could be short-lived amid ongoing legal challenges and potential future regulations from the CCC.

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Senate Rolling Out Plan To Tame Drug Prices

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:23am

The proposal to improve access to medication arrives three weeks after Gov. Charlie Baker put forward his own sweeping health care bill that seeks to cap the growth of expensive pharmaceuticals.

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Marijuana Vape Sales To Medical Patients Will Likely Resume, Unless CCC Decides Otherwise

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 8:11am

Marion McNabb, CEO of the Cannabis Community Care and Research Network, a Worcester-based cannabis advocacy and research group, joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Bob Oakes to discuss. 

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As First Lady Visits Boston Medical Center, Some Protest Outside The Hospital

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 2:20pm

Many of the protesters -- several of whom are employees -- said they gathered outside the hospital primarily to show their support for patients who may feel uncomfortable with the presence of a member of the Trump administration.

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3rd Person From Massachusetts Dies Of Vaping-Related Illness

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 11:22am

The Worcester County man in his 50s reported vaping both nicotine and THC, according to Department of Public Health officials.

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Mass. Uses Fear Of Public Scrutiny To Secure Deeper Medicaid Discounts From Drug Makers

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 5:26am

The Baker administration said it has secured $6 million in state savings tied to three drugs produced by three manufacturers using a powerful new provision in the state budget.

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Judge Orders Vape Ban Lifted For Medical Marijuana Users

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 11:56am

A judge ruled in favor of a group representing medical marijuana patients that intervened in Gov. Baker's temporary vape sales ban, arguing that the Cannabis Control Commission is the only state agency that can regulate marijuana.

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How A Woman In Her 70s Might Be The Key To A New Alzheimer's Treatment

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 1:16pm

A mutation on one of her genes appears to have protected her from early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Researchers say understanding why could lead to new treatments.

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Mass. Convenience Stores To Close Wednesday In Protest Of Proposed Ban On Menthol Cigarettes

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 11:11am

Hundreds of convenience stores plan to close midday on Wednesday as store owners rally to oppose a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes.

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How Elizabeth Warren's Medicare For All Proposal Works

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 5:14pm

WBUR's Fred Thys spoke with economists and healthcare experts about Elizabeth Warren's proposal to pay for her "Medicare For All" plan.

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