Martha Bebinger

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A block in Massachusetts is the test site for ways to cool cities in the summer

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

A single block in Chelsea, Mass., may offer a template for cities looking at what works — or doesn't — to cope with longer, hotter summers because of the warming climate.


Drug overdose deaths are at a record high. Here's what the White House plans to do

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Harm reduction is one of four policies the Biden administration says must be immediately implemented in order to address the record high number of overdose deaths.


The White House has a strategy for reducing drug overdose deaths

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Drug overdose deaths are at a record high — more than 100,000 in the latest single year. And the Biden administration has a plan to slow that epidemic by emphasizing harm reduction.


Purdue Pharma, Sacklers reach $6 billion deal with state attorneys general

Thursday, March 03, 2022

The deal, hashed out over weeks of intense negotiations, raises the amount paid by the Sacklers by more than $1 billion. In exchange, the family members win immunity from civil opioid lawsuits.


Doctors called 17 hospitals looking for an ICU bed. He died waiting for a transfer

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A beloved pizzeria owner in Brimfield, Mass., had COVID-19 and needed dialysis, but it wasn't available at the hospital where he died. The health system is "breaking down," a hospital CEO says.


Prepping for the omicron wave

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Skyrocketing omicron case numbers in some states have hospitals nationwide trying to prepare for another big surge. Here's how things look in the Northeast, South and Midwest.


The Purdue Pharma Deal Would Deliver Billions, But Individual Payouts Will Be Small

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

People who were addicted to OxyContin or lost loved ones who were addicted to the drug expect very little in compensation from the multibillion-dollar Purdue Pharma bankruptcy settlement.


Trees Could Be A Mental, Physical And Climate Change Antidote

Saturday, September 18, 2021

A growing body of research shows the many ways trees improves our mental and physical health. There's a push to understand more.


Experts Worry Increasing Demand To Power ACs Will Make Global Warming Worse

Thursday, August 05, 2021

In Massachusetts, heat in the winter is a public health necessity. Now with summer temperatures climbing, some public health experts say cooling aid is becoming a health priority too.


As COVID Vaccinations Slow, Parts Of The U.S. Remain Far Behind 70% Goal

Monday, July 05, 2021

Vermont and Massachusetts lead the nation, with more than 70% of adults having had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Southern states like Tennessee lag far behind.


The Vaccination Rate Against COVID-19 Varies From State To State

Monday, July 05, 2021

The nation as a whole fell short of President Biden's July Fourth vaccine goal — giving at least one shot to 70 percent of adults. Some states exceeded expectations, and others didn't come close.


Kids In Mental Health Crisis Can Languish For Days Inside ERs

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The practice of housing children who are in psychiatric crisis in local ERs — often for days, while they await appropriate in-patient treatment — has become even more prevalent during the pandemic.


He Lost Nearly Everything To Addiction. Then An Arrest Changed His Life

Saturday, June 19, 2021

For years, people who used drugs were treated like criminals, often given long sentences. Now there's growing acceptance that addiction is a treatable disease, but shame and discrimination linger.


The Pandemic Imperiled Non-English Speakers In A Hospital

Friday, April 23, 2021

Data from a Boston hospital showed that Latino patients who did not speak English well had a 35% greater risk of death from COVID-19. The hospital has added interpretation capacity.


Boston Hospital Examined Why Latinos Are Especially Vulnerable To COVID

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Brigham and Women's Hospital wanted to find out why minority patients were dying at higher rates from COVID-19. Its probe showed that those at the highest risk of dying primarily spoke Spanish.


What It's Like To Live In A Home Where Only Some People Are Vaccinated For COVID-19

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

People living together — including married couples — are finding themselves on opposite ends of COVID-19 vaccinations, a situation that will only persist as supplies remain low and eligibility tight.


States Struggle To Administer Their Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

As the nation falls far short of a goal to get 20 million vaccinated by the new year, we look at where bottlenecks are occurring in various parts of the country.


Challenges Related To The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The first COVID-19 vaccines are being administered. There are, however, still great challenges ahead when it comes to making sure that people receive the vaccine sooner rather than later.


Medical Residents Learn To Treat The Growing Health Hazards Of Climate Change

Monday, October 12, 2020

From heat-related illness to mosquito-borne infections, physicians are seeing the effects of a warming planet in the exam room. There's a growing push to teach doctors-in-training how to respond.


What Is Political Messaging Around Affordable Care Act This Election Year?

Monday, October 05, 2020

Health care is taking a bigger role in down-ballot races this fall, especially as the Supreme Court is set to hear another case that could determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act.