The Norman Rockwell ideal of a grandfatherly doctor making housecalls is long gone. It’s been replaced with busy group practices that usher through patients in 15-minute increments. But even that model is struggling. There simply aren’t enough primary care doctors, period. In this year-long reporting project, we follow a group of Western Massachusetts residents as they weigh their career options and decide whether to enter this fraught field.
Governor-elect Charlie Baker prepares for the state budget and his remaining cabinet appointments.
The Massachusetts Medical Society says reclassification would make it easier to study the plant’s medical properties.
Clinicians reported feeling less empathy towards patients whose disorders were explained through genetics and brain chemistry.
UMass-Amherst professor worked with Johns Hopkins on new statistical tool to help hospitals determine when flu season starts and ends.
Marylou Sudders was previously state commissioner of mental health and head of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
After September 11th, 2001, social scientists really began to focus on the psychological impact of trauma, and the power of resilience. But long before that horrible event, and certainly since, there have been brutal wars, natural disasters, mass shootings, and bombings — not to mention the chronic stress of poverty, illness, or domestic abuse. An emerging field of science is looking at ways trauma of all sorts gets embedded in the body and brain, and who weathers it best.
Following the rejection of a state ballot question to repeal the casino law, stakeholders — including MGM Springfield, the city’s economic development department, and Springfield residents — are looking ahead to the next phase.
Springfield’s election commissioner credits the casino ballot question with bringing out an estimated 40 percent of registered voters.
Gambling supporters say a new casino in Springfield will spur economic development. Opponents say the economic promises have been oversold, and the social harms are too high. Question 3 on Tuesday’s ballot proposes to repeal the Massachusetts casino law.
New research out of UMass-Amherst and Louisiana State University suggests that binge drinking during adolescence may reduce neural connections in the pre-frontal cortex — at least in rats. The study was released this week in the Journal of Neuroscience.
The town’s board of health wants stores to stop selling all tobacco products to minors as well as adults, citing health concerns.
New England Public Radio’s series of mini-debates on Massachusetts’ four ballot questions continues. Question 4 asks voters if employers with 11 or more workers should have to provide paid sick leave.
More than 120 scarecrows will line the 63-mile stretch of scenic road to commemorate the anniversary and — organizers hope — bring more tourists to the region.
It’s been hailed as a miracle treatment for sufferers of the infectious, liver disease — but its price of $1000 per pill is also raising eyebrows and economic concerns.