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Martha Bebinger

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Deaths Linked To Fentanyl Rise As Curbing Illicit Supply Proves Tough

Friday, November 18, 2016

Law enforcement is scrambling to get ahead of the opioid, which is far more chemically potent than heroin. Most illegal fentanyl is made in China. As soon as one version is outlawed, another pops up.


Organ Donations Spike In The Wake Of The Opioid Epidemic

Friday, October 14, 2016

So far this year, more than 1 in 4 donations in New England are from people who died after a drug overdose — a much higher rate than in the U.S. overall, though it's not clear why.


As More States Consider Legalizing, Questions About Pot And The Brain

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Studies suggest that smoking heavily in adolescence may affect brain function in adulthood, but there's a dearth of hard evidence for voters contemplating pot's long-term effects.


In Boston's 'Safe Space,' Surprising Insights Into Drug Highs

Monday, August 08, 2016

As doctors and nurses learn more about what the body goes through during drug use, they are changing the treatment they provide for patients on heroin and other drugs.


Trans And Adopted: Exploring Teen Identity

Sunday, August 07, 2016

A Boston health clinic that treats transgender kids and teens finds that the percentage of its young patients who are adopted is higher than expected. These kids might need extra support, doctors say.


Long-Acting Opioid Treatment Could Be Available In A Month

Friday, May 27, 2016

The FDA has approved the Probuphine implant for medication-assisted therapy for opioid addiction. It lasts for six months, compared to daily pills. But it also will be more expensive.


Inventing A Machine That Spits Out Drugs In A Whole New Way

Monday, May 23, 2016

A refrigerator-sized machine could someday make lifesaving drugs on site when outbreaks occur or where medicine is in short supply, like on the battlefield.


FDA Considering Pricey Implant As Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Friday, May 20, 2016

The FDA could soon approve an implantable form of a drug used to treat opioid addiction. While the approach helped patients avoid relapse in tests, its price may be prohibitive for some, doctors say.


Boston's Heroin Users Will Soon Get A Safer Place To Be High

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Set to open within a few weeks, the room will not be a place to inject drugs or get high, say health providers. Instead, a nurse will monitor heroin users as they come down from the drug's effects.


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

When Massachusetts passed its landmark health insurance law under Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006, no one claimed the state would get to zero — as in 0 percent of residents who are uninsured. But numbers out this week suggest Massachusetts is very close.

Between December 2013 and March of ...


More Health Insurance Equals Fewer Deaths In Massachusetts

Monday, May 05, 2014

Fewer people died in Massachusetts after the state required people to have health insurance, according to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health.

In each of the first four years of the state law, 320 fewer Massachusetts men and women died than would have been expected. That's one life ...


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.