HEALTH

Nurse Rachel Walker, demonstrating one of her inventions.
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A UMass Amherst nursing professor has been named to a national panel of inventors -- the first nurse to be honored alongside engineers and computer scientists from companies like Microsoft and IBM.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
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About 800 unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, are ready to go on strike again June 18. 

Jillian Broomstein starts to cry when she talks about the day her newborn son Jeremy was taken from her by New Hampshire's child welfare agency. He was 2 weeks old.

"They came into the house and said they would have to place him in foster care and I would get a call and we would set up visits," she says. "It was scary."

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Baystate Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts, could receive half a million dollars from the state for care it's provided to hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico.

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Western Massachusetts will soon have its own treatment facility for opioid addicts. The Stonybrook Stabilization and Treatment Centers will be in both Ludlow and Springfield. 

Water running from a faucet.
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A plan to decontaminate water in Westfield, Massachusetts, stands a good chance of passing after a city councilor said he'll change his vote.

Maple syrup producers take pride in their pure, natural product. So when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new labels to say maple syrup contains “added sugar,” producers fought back.

A thin man with a touch of gray leans against a wall in Boston’s South End and takes a long drag on his cigarette.

He’s pondering a question: Why are opioid overdose death rates steady or dropping for most drug users in Massachusetts, but rising among blacks?

“I have no idea why it’s higher among blacks, none at all,” says Gary. We’ve agreed to use just first names in this story for people whose drug history might hurt their chances of employment or housing.

Nurses on the picket line at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. during a one-day strike in June 2017.
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The Massachusetts Nurses Association and Baystate Franklin Medical Center have reached a settlement on a new contract.

Author Tinky Weisblat prepares rhubarb brownies from the cookbook, "Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb."
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The humble rhubarb: when its green stalks transition to pink, it's springtime in New England. Author Tinky Weisblat has a new cookbook out, full of ways to prepare rhubarb that don't involve pie.

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