HEALTH

Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Unionized nurses at hospitals in Pittsfield and Greenfield, Massachusetts, have called off separate strikes, scheduled for this week. They would have been the second at each facility in the last year.

A photograph of a Massachusetts taken at a polling place in 2008.
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We learned recently that two veteran western Massachusetts legislators won't be seeking reelection, another representative left his party and late last week state Representative Peter Kocot of Northampton passed away.

Clean needles at Tapestry Health in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
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The Public Health Council in Springfield, Massachusetts, is set to vote February 28 on starting a needle exchange program. And for the first time in decades, advocates think it may well pass.

Drinking Fountains
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Massachusetts is expanding a program testing water in public schools. Officials are using leftover money from an existing initiative to include Head Start and special education programs.

President Trump’s budget proposal calls for a restructuring of the World Trade Center Health Program that provides medical treatment to 9/11 first responders and survivors.

The city of Hartford already uses a real-time acoustic device to detect the sound of gunshots as a way to help solve crimes. Now, the city wants to use it also to identify children who may need help processing the trauma from gun violence.

Back in October 2017, women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement went viral, spurring a national and global discussion on the issue.

Many women have since come forward with their experiences of being sexually harassed by colleagues and bosses, costing influential men in the entertainment industry and the media — including journalists here at NPR — their jobs.

The Trump administration wants to allow insurance companies to offer more policies that have limited health benefits and that can reject customers if they have pre-existing medical conditions.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the plans, which don't meet the legal requirements for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, will allow consumers who can't afford insurance now to find cheaper plans.

Water running from a faucet.
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The city of Westfield, Massachusetts, has filed a lawsuit against three companies after chemical contaminants were found in two of its wells.

Beer has fueled a lot of bad ideas. But on a Friday afternoon in 2007, it helped two Alzheimer's researchers come up with a really a good one.

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