public health

Arming doctors with a tool to save lives

Arming doctors with a tool to save lives

Extreme Risk Protection Orders have shown to be effective in reducing gun-related homicides and suicides

“It is the curse of humanity that it learns to tolerate even the most horrible situations by habituation” – Rudolf Virchow, MD OVER THE COURSE of 1,000 days spanning 2014 to 2016, our state was home to 618 shootings. During that period, 19 children were shot. Worse, not a single perpetrator was arrested in any(...)

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BI-Lahey merger gets a break on cost growth

BI-Lahey merger gets a break on cost growth

State officials remove benchmark mandate they enforced with Partners

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS stripped language from a document that would have required the merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health to prove they’ll meet legislatively mandated cost growth benchmarks, a requirement officials made sure was adopted as part of the recent merger between Partners HealthCare and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The(...)

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Alzheimer’s a growing public health crisis

Alzheimer’s a growing public health crisis

Longer lifespans mean higher rates of disease, often undiagnosed

STATE SEN. BARBARA L’ITALIEN‘s mother, Claire, lived with her and her family for 20 years near the end of her life. Claire helped raise Barbara’s four children, enabled Barbara to run her first campaign, and was a great source of support and love for the family. When Claire was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, from which(...)

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