Western Massachusetts has some of the highest rates of vaccine refusal in the state — especially Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties. Health experts say pockets of under vaccination are most vulnerable to disease outbreaks.
Most hospitals provided sleeping quarters for staff to stay overnight. They expect ER visits to pick up after the snow abates and people venture outside.
In a follow-up to the documentary, “The Path To Primary Care,” advocates for front-line medicine come up with ways to attract more med students to the field, including classic activist tactics, and systemic changes in how offices practice medicine.
Although informants helped university police make drug arrests, a working group determined the policy’s harms outweighed the benefits.
UConn psychiatrist is among those urging more individualized treatment for chronic pain.
The Caring Health Center is preparing for group visits that offer more time to patients.
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.