HEALTH

Pediatrician Vinny Biggs at the Holyoke Health Center.
Karen Brown / NEPR

A wellness program in Massachusetts links together community resources to help people improve their health. It took a few years to get rolling and will soon have to end without new funding.

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.
Antonio Caban / State House News Service

By the end of this week, the federal government will either shut down, or pass another spending extension in order to keep government running. 

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The union representing about 800 nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield is voting whether to authorize a second one-day strike. The union says it's frustrated about contract talks with Berkshire County's largest hospital.

Poker chips.
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The relationship between roughly 3,000 Massachusetts residents and the expanding menu of Bay State gambling options will form a unique data set for researchers around the globe, and a top gaming regulator hopes it will eventually rank among the most historic scientific surveys.

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Even three queasy pregnancies didn’t prepare Kate Murphy for the nonstop nausea that often comes with chemotherapy.

In the early months of 2016, the Lexington mother tried everything the doctors and nurses suggested. “But for the most part I felt nauseous 24/7,” she said.

Homeless shelters across the country are being strained by frigid weather and a population of people who are homeless that is up for the first time since 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Aja C. Holmes planned to go to work last week, but her flu symptoms — a cough, fever and severe body aches that worsened overnight — had other ideas.

"It felt like somebody took a bat and beat my body up and down," said Holmes, 39, who works as a residential life director at California State University, Sacramento. "I couldn't get out of bed."

The nation is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad flu season.

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The U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts has announced his office plans to pursue federal marijuana crimes and trafficking in the state. 

This week's extreme weather tested the state's shelter system for the homeless.

Three Western Mass. Hospitals Penalized By Medicare

Dec 27, 2017
Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, along with Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, and Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield are among hospitals penalized for rates of patient injury.
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Nearly three-dozen New England hospitals will see a reduction in federal funding over the the current fiscal year, as a penalty for patient injuries.

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