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    "We will hurt the places that need the most help," fears a nursing workforce researcher as she considers Question 1. the ballot measure on staffing ratios.

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    Baker said the program would target drug dealers who -- after a law enforcement crackdown in one city or town -- move to a nearby municipality to keep dealing without the same level of scrutiny from police.

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    There really are heightened risks of conceiving again just six months after giving birth, no matter your age, but new research includes some good news for older moms in a hurry, too.

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    For parents, it's a time to be especially attuned to the effects of the violence on children, two Harvard psychiatrists say, and to the effects on yourself if you're a parent.

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    The public is souring on a ballot measure that would limit the numbers of patients assigned to nurses, according to a WBUR poll. Earlier polls showed the "yes" camp leading or tied with the "no" side.

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    Led by Rep. Richard Neal, the state's House delegation ranks among the nation’s leaders in donations received from pharmaceutical companies.

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    Massachusetts voters have decided the state will not write nurse-to-patient ratios into law.

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    The gift from the Blavatnik Family Foundation will support high-tech tools and try to break down barriers that could keep research from being turned quickly into treatments.

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    Midterm voters just sent a literal lifeline to thousands of Americans with chronic conditions who will now gain health insurance through Medicaid expansions, write two professors.

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    In light of the seemingly endless news of mass shootings in public places in the U.S., some say what's missing in the conversation is talking about gun violence as a public health issue. To discuss further, Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, joined Morning Edition.

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    By one estimate, more than half of patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer are overtreated, often having their whole thyroid removed even though more limited treatment would have been less risky.

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    Sources say Partners has told Harvard Pilgrim it needs to focus on internal matters for the time being.

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    A new study of immune responses in the nose and transportation abilities of exosomes may lead to improvements in how doctors administer medicine to patients.

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    One trouble with the ballot measure was that it focused only on nurses and mostly on hospital care. We need to think about our health care workforce more broadly, writes nurse staffing expert Karen Donelan.

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    The report is the first to offer a thorough assessment of the economic damage caused by rising opioid use and deaths in the state.

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    Virtual reality, already seen as a tool to foster empathy, may also help families and medical staffers understand better what it's like to be dying.

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    Twenty fewer men and women died in the first nine months of 2018 as compared to 2017, a 1.3 percent decrease.

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    Sixteen current and former health care providers who spoke to WBUR describe Whittier Street as beset by worsening turmoil in recent months -- copious firings, financial trouble, personal conflict.

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    Some meth users, doctors and drug experts say methamphetamine -- a longstanding problem in more rural states -- is an emerging threat in Massachusetts that is already worsening the opioid epidemic.

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