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    A simple hospital form that has long been off limits to same-sex couples because it only had room for the "mother" and "father" are now gender-neutral in some states, including Massachusetts.

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    Feng Zhang, a biological engineer at the Broad Institute, says he has major concerns about the gene editing technique a Chinese scientist says he used on human embryos.

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    A new report says spinal stimulators, thought to be a safe way to manage pain without opioids, can actually be dangerous.

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    A U.S. District Court judge in Boston issued a temporary injunction in a lawsuit against an Essex County jail in favor of a man seeking to force officials to let him receive his doctor-prescribed methadone while jailed.

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    The attorney general's conditions include limits on annual price increases for the next seven years.

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    On Morning Edition, Bob Oakes spoke with two people about the supposed genetically edited babies, with Daniel Suarez, a science fiction writer who focuses on the potential impact of gene editing; and David Lieu, the director of the Merken Institute of Transformative Technologies in Healthcare and a member of the Broad Institute.

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    The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts has sent letters to a number of doctors and medical professionals in the state warning them that their prescribing practices have raised red flags in the state's effort to combat opioid addiction.

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    With a new generation of gene-edited food on the way, it's time to ask: If a label promises you better nutrition through CRISPR, how do you feel about that?

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    A health care economist argues against the now-approved merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health.

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    A parental view on one more reason there's likely no major wave of CRISPR-enhanced babies on the horizon: the guilt if anything goes wrong.

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    Immigration officials consider whether a person would be dependent on the government before granting a green card, visa renewal or other change in legal status.

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    The U.S. surgeon general has advised people to get the opioid-reversal drug. But it's why Isela, pictured, a Boston Medical Center nurse, was denied life insurance.

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    Despite social media backlash, Harvard professor Eric Rimm explains why he still believes Americans should eat fewer fries, and parents should be careful how they train their children's eating habits.

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    Here's what you need to know about the national shortage of Shingrix, the new and highly effective shingles vaccine.

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    U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said a culture shift might be needed for both police and public health officials to deal with the nation's opioid epidemic.

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    It works on inflammation, on glucose metabolism, on weight and blood pressure and more -- and even if you only adopt it partially, researchers say, the Mediterranean diet can improve heart health.

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    The senator's letter comes in response to a WBUR story about a Boston nurse who was denied coverage because she carries naloxone.

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    The mortality rate for Massachusetts residents 65 and older is down, but some specific health problems, like asthma and breast cancer, are getting worse.

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    The struggle to get help for mental illness or substance abuse affects the poorest of Massachusetts residents.

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    New research suggests that women experience a variety of emotional consequences from tracking their fertility with apps.

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