Martha Bebinger

Martha Bebinger appears in the following:

Drug Cocktails Fuel Massachusetts' Overdose Crisis

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

A state analysis reveals that the majority of overdose deaths in 2014 came from heroin or prescription opioids taken in combination with cocaine, anti-anxiety medications or alcohol.


Study Finds Online Symptom Checkers Are Only Accurate Half The Time

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Harvard Medical School study found that online symptom checkers, such as WebMD and the Mayo Clinic, are only accurate about half the time.


Marathon Bombing Survivors Face A World That Still Feels Out Of Control

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Martha and Alvaro Galvis were wounded in 2013's bombing of the Boston Marathon. One of the hardest things to deal with, they say, is the feeling that something random and scary could happen again.


VA Data Show Disparities In Veteran Benefits Spending

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Nationwide veteran benefits data show a huge variation in coverage from state to state, and even within states. In Massachusetts, access to VA services changes dramatically from Boston to Cape Cod.


How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place, $1,800 at another.


Recovery Coach Helps An Addict Resist Heroin's Lure

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Cape Cod treatment center says it is breaking addiction's hold — and saving money — by offering newly released patients daily, or even hourly, coaching by paid consultants.


Massachusetts Inches Toward Health Insurance For All

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The state is close to having most of its eligible residents covered. But a failed website has delayed the processing of applications, and some of those waiting may yet decide not to buy health plans.


More Health Insurance Equals Fewer Deaths In Massachusetts

Monday, May 05, 2014

The state's death rate declined in the four years after Massachusetts passed a law requiring health insurance. The state's minority residents posted the biggest gains in life expectancy.


Yeezy Or The Bard: Who's The Best Wordsmith In Hip-Hop?

Monday, May 05, 2014

A data scientist pitted rappers against Shakespeare to see who had the more extensive vocabulary. But he says he isn't trying to make some sweeping statement about the lyrical prowess of hip-hop.


Despite Worries, Boston Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.


Massachusetts Launches Health Care Shopping Experiment

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How much is that colonoscopy? Finding out can range from hard to impossible. Massachusetts now requires that health care providers give patients prices within two days. But that doesn't always happen.


In Massachusetts, Health Care Prices Remain Hard To Get

Friday, November 08, 2013

Finding out how much an X-ray costs sounds like a simple question. But before Oct. 1, it was downright impossible to get an answer. Now, Massachusetts is pulling back the curtain on w...


Politician And Health Quality Guru Berwick Consults For U.K.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dr. Donald Berwick ran Medicare and Medicaid right after the Affordable Care Act became law. Now he's running for governor of Massachusetts. But he hasn't left behind his work as a health quality oracle.


Getting People Out Of Nursing Homes Turns Out To Be Complicated

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Some nursing home patients can go home again if they get the right, customized support. But making it happen takes time, even with organizational help from the pros. Some people need ...


Patients Lead The Way As Medicine Grapples With Apps

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Smartphone apps can help count calories or detect a heart attack. People are embracing them to manage many aspects of their health. But medical apps are largely unregulated now, so th...


Survivor Of Boston Marathon Bombings Has Long Road Ahead

Friday, May 31, 2013

Marc Fucarlie left the hospital this week, after 45 days of surgeries and skin grafts, induced comas and dozens of tests. His right leg was amputated and it's uncertain how functional...