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    Among registered nurses in Massachusetts, 48 percent support Question 1, and 45 percent oppose it.

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    The survey of more than 800 vets found that most feel ethical qualms -- at least sometimes -- about what pet owners ask them to do. And that takes a toll.

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    About half the videos from 2013-2017 showed use of tobacco or marijuana, adding to concerns about possible influence on young viewers.

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    Though they have limitations, proponents say that fentanyl testing strips could be "part of a broader package of technologies" to try to reduce fatal opioid overdoses.

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    The state's Health Policy Commission asks the attorney general to look into ways to make sure a proposed Beth Israel-Lahey Health merger would not send prices soaring or hurt health-care access for lower-income people.

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    The shift to electronic medical records means a single breach can affect many more patients.

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    Three local doctors decry a Trump administration proposal that would penalize legal immigrants applying for green cards if they use public benefits.

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    Timothy Gens was the executive vice president of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association for over two decades.

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    A report from an independent state agency on the potential costs of a November ballot question on nurse staffing levels is generating controversy.

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    All four Massachusetts medical schools are trying to get better at helping students grapple with palliative care.

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    "I've seen the prevalence of blackouts ranging anywhere from 10 percent to up to 50 percent of young people who drink," says Dr. Richard Saitz. "It's fair to say it's not rare."

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    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts also announced an "opioid toolkit" service for its workplaces and for employer customers.

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    The basics of good eating stay the same; if you're confused about what to eat, it may be because the food industry wants you to be confused, says the leader of a national food watchdog.

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    An obituary for Maddie Linsenmeir is generating a big response. We speak to her sister who wrote it, and to the police chief in Maddie's hometown of Burlington, Vermont, about what our society needs amid the opioid crisis.

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    Question 1 would create mandatory nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in Massachusetts. Nurses and the public appear deeply divided on the measure.

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    Medicaid expansion in Massachusetts pays for opioid addiction treatment, but in the state, emergency money from Congress to help with the addiction epidemic is earmarked for those in recovery toward things like job training programs and subsidies for cellphones, subway cards and work clothes.

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    For overall health, the benefits of eating even conventionally grown produce still outweigh the risks, says Harvard's Dr. Jorge Chavarro.

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    Radio Boston holds a full-hour debate on Question 1, the Massachusetts ballot measure about nurse ratios.

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    WBUR's Martha Bebinger takes a look at the key points the two nurses raised during a debate on Question 1 for Morning Edition.

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    A new survey by researchers at Boston Medical Center finds that the opioid crisis may be hitting far more people in Massachusetts than previously estimated. The group's analysis finds that 4.6 percent -- 275,000 people -- older than 11 had opioid use disorder in 2015, which is nearly four times higher than previous estimates.

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