President Obama took something of a victory lap last week when he announced that more than seven million Americans signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Republicans, of course, are still bitterly opposed to the law and continue to call for its repeal. But one prominent Republican says he has always supported Obamacare.
For the Monday politics segment, WGBH contributor DAVID BERNSTEIN and Boston Globe columnist JOAN VENNOCHI looked at new state Rep. Evandro Carvalho, who just won the seat in the 5th Suffolk District. Bernstein and Vennochi talked about Scott Brown's anticipated US Senate bid as well.
GM CEO Mary Barra found herself testifying in front of a Congressional panel Tuesday. Barra addressed faulty ignition switches in GM cars that caused at least 13 driver deaths. What should happen to GM as a result? Do heavy fines and victim compensation take care of it, or should company executives go to jail, too?
An estimated 23,000 people die each year in the U.S. from infections that don’t respond to antibiotics.
Pamela Woodbury lives in a two-story house in Spencer, Mass. Three years ago, Woodbury was on her way to work when she took a spill on her steps and broke her ankle. She says she not doesn't have any mobility in her ankle.
"It was a closed break. There was no skin broken, no blood, nothing. My ankle was in an L position. The leg went one way and the ankle went the other way," she said.
In preparation for Marathon Monday, law enforcement and public safety officials have ordered thousands of tourniquet kits, many of which will be distributed to key personnel positioned along the Boston Marathon route.
Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon David King knows that when bombs and bullets fly, tourniquets save lives. King saw it last year after running the marathon himself, when the Iraq and Afghanistan-war veteran went straight to work caring for bombing victims.
The Affordable Care Act heads back to the Supreme Court tomorrow. Two years after upholding the ACA’s individual mandate, the justices will now hear challenges to the law’s contraception requirement. It’s a case that pits religious freedom against public health.
Boston is home to some of the world’s best hospitals and most gifted clinicians. And so, it’s not surprising when we read about another medical breakthrough that’s been developed here. It is unusual, however, to hear a doctor refer to a patient this way:
As a physician, I never liked the word ‘miracle.’ I preferred to think in terms of ‘medical outliers.’ And yet that day did feel like a miracle.
The story of Tamesha Means and her miscarriage three years ago, if it happened the way her lawyers claim it did, is truly awful: Means was 18 weeks pregnant when her water broke and she was rushed to a hospital in Muskegon, Mich. The fetus wasn't viable, and the pregnancy 2014 Means' third 2014 was doomed.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the coverage of the missing Malaysian Air flight 370? Jim and Margery asked listeners if they appreciate wall-to-wall coverage — even when it risks heading into aimless speculation. (Starts at 1:00)
Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. McGrory talked about interviewing Mayor Menino about his cancer diagnosis. McGrory discussed the timing of the announcement — which came ahead of the annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast in South Boston — and whether it was intended to influence one of Boston's most famous gatherings of politicos.
Rennie Gibbs's daughter, Samiya, was a month premature when she simultaneously entered the world and left it, never taking a breath. To experts who later examined the medical record, the stillborn infant's most likely cause of death was also the most obvious: the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.
Hundreds of students, doctors, designers, engineers and entrepreneurs gathered in an innovation incubator at MIT this past weekend. Their goal? To develop solutions to some of health care’s most perplexing problems.
Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, who days ago announced he has an advanced form of cancer that has spread to his liver and lymph nodes, finds himself among the small percentage of people whose cancer can't be tracked back to its origin.
It’s called the common cold of mental health – depression – because so many people struggle with it. About one in 10 adults in the United States reports suffering from depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drugs are one way to manage depression, but there has also been a rise of alternative approaches.
In the continuing debate about how to control soaring healthcare costs, poor nutrition and lack of access to healthy food are routinely ignored.
This is the case despite the fact that in a country as wealthy as the United States, one in three patients nationwide enters the hospital malnourished, adding a host of additional health challenges to patients’ prognoses and millions in additional health care costs.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at a National Policy Summit on Women’s Health held at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Boston on Monday.
No one had ever considered the possibility that she had coronary disease. I’ve always assumed that was because she was a woman," Warren said.
Warren was the keynote speaker at the summit that brought together policymakers, industry representatives, doctors and scientists to discuss disparities in biomedical research that affects health outcomes for women.
The recent death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman renewed the focus not just on heroin, but on the cheap, easy access more people have to this deadly drug. This week WGBH puts a focus on heroin abuse in our area.
Pat Byrne works at the Lynn Multi Service Center dealing with homeless men and women, and an endless stream of junkies.
Pat has never had an addiction himself, but says his son Jamie took up heroin 20 years ago as a college student.
When the Obamacare website went live late last year, it was rife with problems and ravaged in the press. But here in Massachusetts, we dodged that bullet thanks to the 2006 state healthcare reform law, right? Wrong.
Donald Berwick joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for another Boston Public Radio interview. Berwick is the former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He was also CEO of Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Berwick talked about the imprisonment of former Mass. House Speaker Sal DiMasi, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family Services, and the fun of running in the Mass. governor's race.
Last week CVS Caremark, one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in the nation, announced that it would stop selling all cigarette and tobacco products by October, 2014. The rationale behind this has to do with some serious cognitive dissonance.
Have you heard of Carrot Dating? It's a new phone app where prospective dates can be enticed with tokens of goodwill (the "carrot") like flower bouquets, dinners, or spa days. The most popular offer in Massachusetts? According to the website, a free tank of gas. Do you think this is ethical? Does this ruin the last bit of spontaneity in dating? Or is it a stroke of genius?
By this point in February, steadfast New Year's dieters have given the shake to 2014 resolutions. A brilliant plan to lose weight and exercise more can turn into a chore, or a misery, no matter how earnestly we start. What's worse than the shame of a blown resolution? According to Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam, two things: friends who foist their diet plans on you, and diet-book hucksters eager to move books that peddle questionable medical advice.
Massachusetts Secretary of Education Matt Malone joined Jim and Margery for another "Ask the" segment. Amid one of winter's bigger snowstorms, Malone talked about snow days and Massachusetts schools. He also discussed the possibility of replacing the state's MCAS testing system..
CNN's John King weighed in on the political issues of today — immigration, Pres. Obama's retirement plan known as "myRA," and former Gov. Mitt Romney's political future. King also talked about his new show, a relaunching of CNN's "Inside Politics."
CommonWealth Magazine's Jack Sullivan talked about police use of deadly force in Massachusetts. Police in Massachusetts killed suspects in 73 cases over 12 years. The review process for those cases is opaque — fellow police investigate incidents of deadly force, and district attorneys who often work hand-in-hand with police are left to decide whether to prosecute.
Parents may dread the day school is called off. It means more work, daytime supervision, and maybe an unplanned day off for the parent, too. But even if they're a pain in the neck, a new Harvard study says the risk of accidents outweighs the small chance that you'll unnecessarily canceling school. Translation: if a snowstorm turns into a mere dusting, it's still wise for administrators to be cautious.
Todd Zwillich from The Takeaway joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to offer an update on national news. Zwillich talked about Gov. Chris Christie's bridge fiasco, reigning in the National Security Administration, and the $1.1 trillion budget Congress has drawn up.