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.
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.
A new statewide report finds Massachusetts may have wasted as much as $27 billion on unnecessary medical expenses in 2012.
The report by the Health Policy Commission estimates that nearly four out of every $10 spent on health care in Massachusetts is wasted. One of the largest parts of that – about $700 million - went towards readmitting hospital patients who could have stayed home if they'd had better discharge planning.
Lynne Nicholas, president of the Massachusetts Hospitals Association, said this is something hospitals are trying to address.
New Englanders are bundling up to ward off a recent onslaught of frigid weather. WGBH News' Science Editor Heather Goldstone joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to talk about climate change and the causes of our recent coldsnap.
The first few seconds after the ball drops in Times Square is a wash of emotions — wistfulness for the year that's come and gone, jubilation for the moment of celebration, and maybe resolution, too, at the prospect of a fresh start in the new year. Many Americans see diet and exercise as the gateway to that fresh beginning. Gym memberships spike every January, and exotic diets and workout plans are auditioned with a vigor rarely seen during the normal course of the year.
Buried in the Affordable Care Act — the much-ballyhooed and also much-maligned healthcare initiative championed by Pres. Obama — is a provision for paying employees for living clean, healthy lifestyles. That includes smoking cessation incentives, gym discounts and other things.
The Healthcare.gov "fumble" from earlier in the year is slowly being rectified by the Obama administration's tech wizards, day by day. Much more ground remains to be covered, but it seems the President's signature piece of legislation may convince some people to live a lot healthier.
How much faith do you have in your fellow man? Only one-third of Americans say people can be trusted, according to a new AP-Gfk survey. They may have good reasons, too, from Craigslist scams to "sob story guy" on the T. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan asked listeners whether their experiences jibe with the new findings.
Lighting up a cigarette could soon be illegal in Boston parks. City Councilor Matt O'Malley joined JimBraude and MargeryEagan to talk about the city's initiative. New York and San Francisco have similar bans in place. What do you think — is this government overreach? Or is it long overdue?
Men, are you bugged by a nagging feeling that you could use more testosterone? Have you noticed an inescapable proliferation of TV ads about testosterone? Art Caplan, medical ethicist from NYU's Langone Medical Center, weighed in on whether it's safe for consumers to self-diagnose based on drug company ads.
Is it safe for drug companies to promote their products on TV? Should decisions on medicine be left up to doctors, or should the patient have input, too? Let us know on our Facebook page, or in the comments below.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis stopped by Studio Three to talk with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. Dukakis discussed what kind of host Boston would makes for the Olympics, better public transportation in Massachusetts, and why Kitty Dukakis is the "best-looking Medicare recipient in America."
Death panels, a government takeover, socialism – from the start, the Affordable Care Act has been troublesome. But after surviving a Supreme Court challenge and a presidential election, most people assumed Obamacare was here to stay. Now though, the problem-plagued rollout of the federal insurance exchange has raised new doubts about the law.
On Thursday, Pres. Obama took to the White House press room to announce changes to the Affordable Care Act. Millions who would have seen their insurance plans canceled can now keep them — at least for one more year. Obama admitted mistakes in the rollout of his signature piece of legislation.
Are you happy with the pivot you've seen from the President? Is it too little, too late? Can the program still be considered a success, down the road? Sue O'Connell — filling in for Jim Braude — and Margery Eagan asked listeners what they thought.
"I can't believe the president cut into my time with you!"
Fresh off a news conference held by President Barack Obama in which he addressed problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick joined Boston Public Radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio 3 for his monthly Ask the Governor segment.
Black Friday is a high holiday for US retailers and their bargain-hungry acolytes-turned-shoppers. At a minute past midnight, doors give way to waves of wired, feisty customers. Retailers have schemed up ways to get more customers in the doors. This year, the strategy is to just open them sooner. Many businesses — Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Macy's — will open Thanksgiving night.
Time was, soldiers wrote home from the front lines to assure family and friends of their safety. Kids wrote dispatches from summer camp, and lovers penned heartfelt tributes to keep the spark alive from a distance. Now, the advent of texts, email and Skype has nearly done the letter in.