A clean-cut man in his early 30s buttons the jacket of his tailored suit as he strides to the head of a conference table at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Hi, I’m Mike, and I’m a recovering heroin addict,” the man tells a dozen emergency department (ED) physicians gathered to learn about buprenorphine, a drug used to treat heroin addiction.

Marijuana plants.
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With less than four months to go before the first legal sales of adult-use marijuana are supposed to begin in Massachusetts, the agency tasked with overseeing the cannabis industry has finalized its regulations.

Flu is still rampant across the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the epidemic has peaked. It eased a bit last week, for the second week in a row.

Influenza is still claiming lives. The CDC reported 17 flu deaths among children last week, bringing the total pediatric deaths to 114. Adult deaths from the flu are not tracked directly.

Delivering the meningitis vaccine at UMass.
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Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, held a meningitis vaccination clinic Thursday as a student remained hospitalized for the bacterial infection.

Opioids are on the White House agenda Thursday — President Trump plans to talk with members of his administration about the crisis. Meanwhile, all around the United States, state legislators, treatment providers, families and many others will be listening.

A row of buildings on Main Street in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2013.
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The city of Hartford, Connecticut, is planning changes around its new downtown baseball stadium. The once-busy, historic North End neighborhood now has a lot of vacant lots and boarded-up buildings. We check in with Hartford residents about what should come next, what the area needs and what might be lost.

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Smith College says a student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis over the weekend is receiving appropriate care at a local hospital.

Vermont's U.S. Attorney says Brattleboro Memorial Hospital allegedly submitted bills to Medicare and Medicaid without the proper documentation.

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 Department of Public Health is offering a first-of-its kind free flu clinic this weekend, in response to an aggressive flu season making its way across the U.S. and the world.