MEDICINE

The Scott Administration says it's concerned Congress will not fully fund two important health care programs in the coming year. If it doesn't the state may have to find the money to put into the programs.

A pregnant woman visits a doctor's office.
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Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders has a Christmas wish: that Congress will again fund the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The average American reads at an 8th-grade level, but the patient information that doctors and hospitals provide often presumes that people have much more advanced reading skills.

So some researchers decided to see what happens when 9-year-olds write the patient guides.

On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving's "village" — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say goodbye.

A flu shot being administered.
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It's just the start of the flu season, but the virus has already spread widely across Massachusetts, according to state epidemiologists who track and report the flu to the Centers for Disease Control. 

Students line up to receive a meningitis vaccine on Thurdsay, Nov. 30, 2017, at UMass Amherst.
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With a certified meningitis outbreak at UMass Amherst, more than 1,000 students were vaccinated on Thursday to prevent further spread of the disease.

UMass Amherst Officially Declares A Meningitis Outbreak

Nov 30, 2017
UMass Amherst in a file photo.
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With its Amherst campus filled with students who just returned from Thanksgiving break, University of Massachusetts officials on Tuesday said they are treating two cases of meningitis as an outbreak.

The Hartford Women's Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
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The proposal, under review by the Hartford City Council, comes after complaints about the Hartford Women's Center, which opened earlier this year.

100 Students Get Meningococcal Vaccine At UMass Amherst

Nov 16, 2017
Vaccine administration in a file photo.
Caitlin O'Neil-McKeown / U.S. Air Force

Two University of Massachusetts Amherst students hospitalized to treat a potentially deadly meningococcal disease have a strain of the illness for which students are generally not vaccinated. 

At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, doctors and nurses are moving as many patients as they can from intravenous medications to the same drugs in pill form.

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