Martha Bebinger

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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.


Evictions Damage Public Health. The CDC Aims To Curb Them ― For Now

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

A survey of 17 cities found more than 50,000 pandemic-related eviction filings. Housing advocates worry that increased housing instability will lead to more COVID-19 and other illnesses.


U.S. Reaches COVID-19 Milestone: Death Toll Is Over 200,000

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

More than 200,000 people in the U.S. have died of COVID-19. We hear from three areas of the country about how the pandemic has affected life there.


Another COVID-19 Medical Mystery: Patients Come Off Ventilator But Linger In A Coma

Monday, August 24, 2020

Doctors are researching why some patients remain unconscious for days or weeks, even after sedating drugs are withdrawn. They also worry that these patients aren't being given time to recover.


Some COVID-19 Patients Taken Off Ventilators Remain In Persistent Comas, Doctors Find

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Doctors are studying a troubling development in some COVID-19 patients: They survive the ventilator, but don't wake up. The persistent, coma-like state can last for weeks.


Contact Tracers In Massachusetts Order Milk And Help With Rent. Here's Why

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The state offers support and resources for people isolating because of COVID-19 — helping them make choices that keep everyone safe. It's work more states need to fund, experts say.


New Coronavirus Hot Spots Emerge Across South And In California, As Northeast Slows

Friday, June 05, 2020

Nationwide, coronavirus infection numbers are trending down, but several states are seeing upticks, with the heaviest impact falling on communities of color and nursing home residents.


Hospitals Vary Treatment For Coronavirus Patients

Monday, May 18, 2020

Without a cure for COVID-19, doctors are desperately trying to figure out the best treatment regimen for patients. And what they're trying, may look very different depending on the hospital.


Massachusetts Recruits 1,000 'Contact Tracers' To Battle COVID-19

Monday, April 13, 2020

"I know we will succeed somewhat and we will fail somewhat," says one of the plan's chief architects. "We won't be able to find every single person — but we will hopefully prevent a lot of deaths."


What Would Contact Tracing For Coronavirus Look Like?

Saturday, April 11, 2020

The CDC says reopening the U.S. economy during the coronavirus pandemic will require very aggressive contact tracing. WBUR health reporter Martha Bebinger talks about what that entails.


COVID-19 Hits Some Health Care Workers With Pay Cuts And Layoffs

Thursday, April 02, 2020

As the health industry focuses on COVID-19, there has been a big drop in nonurgent visits for primary care and specialty care. Medical practices are being forced to furlough or lay off staff.


Opioid Addiction Is 'A Disease Of Isolation,' So Pandemic Puts Recovery At Risk

Friday, March 27, 2020

People in recovery from opioid or alcohol addiction are weathering a new storm of depression, anxiety and isolation these days, as 12-step programs move online and detox centers close their doors.


COVID-19 Outbreak Impacts People In Addiction Recovery

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Sobriety programs are delivering services virtually, but the coronavirus pandemic is causing a lot of difficulties for people relying on services to continue their recovery from addiction.


Why Hoarding Of Hydroxychloroquine Needs To Stop

Monday, March 23, 2020

Despite Trump's public remarks, infectious disease experts say it's premature to think hydroxychloroquine will help against COVID-19. And patients with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis rely on the drug.


The Case For Sending Drug Users Home From The Hospital With Open IV Lines

Thursday, February 20, 2020

When patients need long-term treatment with IV antibiotics, hospitals usually let them do it at home — but not if they have a history of injection drug use. A Boston program wants to change that.


Treating Drug-Related Infections With Antibiotics And Trust

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Ex-opioid users on long-term antibiotics often have to stay in the hospital longer, lest they be tempted to inject illegal drugs into their IV line. A new approach built on trust could change that.


Massachusetts May Drop Requirement That Minors Get Permission For Abortion

Thursday, January 02, 2020

The state now requires women and girls under 18 to obtain permission from their parents or a judge. But in a recent poll, most Massachusetts voters favored letting minors decide on their own.