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.
Robert Meeropol of Easthampton — and his brother Michael — say they had no relationship with David Greenglass, their mother’s brother, who accused their parents of being Soviet spies.
Robert Caret says he’s waiting for a university review to take a final stand on the use of confidential informants on campus.
Patient safety advocates say the best way to reduce medical errors is for hospitals to openly acknowledge mistakes and learn from them. But the fear of malpractice lawsuits has gotten in the way of that. A couple years ago, Massachusetts passed a law that supports a more open apology process. Now, two hospital systems are taking that process one step further.
BMC — a managed care Medicaid plan — says it can’t afford to pay the rates that Baystate says it needs.
It’s tricky to study the actual health benefits of the plant. Advocates for marijuana reform met on the UMass campus Monday, and are hoping to build momentum to make the drug easier to study.
Boston’s former police commissioner says Amherst and UMass police used inappropriate force in last year’s annual party, which got out of hand and resulted in 55 arrests.