health care

New York News
6:21 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

NY Medical Marijuana Regulations Up

Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

With public and media attention squarely focused on the New York state budget agreement, the Department of Health on Tuesday quietly filed regulations for the state’s medical marijuana program.

New York posted final regulations for the state medical marijuana program, sticking to the original script: not varying far from the much-criticized draft regulations that first appeared months ago.

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12:33 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Healthcare System Failing Young African-American Men

Credit Elizabeth Anderson

A new report by the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that young African-American men have better survival chances in prison than on the street because they have better access to health care. Meanwhile,  a group based in Albany is rolling out a new program to address the intersection of race, crime, criminal justice policy, and health.

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New York News
7:58 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Unnecessary Medical Tests Common in Northeast

Credit Phillip Jeffrey, CC

If you receive health care in the Northeast, you may be more likely to undergo medical tests that you don't need. That's according to a new study out of New York University.

Researchers surveyed patients with low-risk breast and prostate cancer and found that on average more than 40 percent of them received imaging tests that were expensive and unnecessary. And the figure was higher in the Northeast than elsewhere. Dr. Danil Makarov, the study's lead investigator, says imaging rarely proved useful for patients with those types of cancer.            

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New England News
12:47 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Social Networks Are A Growing Resource For Health Questions

        People with chronic health conditions often turn to others with the same diagnosis for insights and support. Thousands of people are now using social health networks to find answers about their medical conditions. More than 3,000 people in Massachusetts currently subscribe to a specific network set up by MyHealthTeams.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the Eric Peacock, the CEO and co-founder of the San Francisco-based company.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Construction Begins On New Health Education Center

Holyoke Community College trustees pose in front of the building that will be renovated to become the Center for Health Education
Credit HCC

Under a reorganization that started two years ago, the community colleges in Massachusetts are becoming regional workforce development centers.  Holyoke Community College is building a new facility to help meet the demand for skilled workers in the health care industry.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Blair Horner: The Nation's Tattered Public Health Infrastructure

The first cases of Ebola in the United States have raised legitimate concerns about the nation’s ability to protect the public’s health.  And while the virus is incredibly toxic, the threat posed to Americans is – as yet – quite small.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Congressional Corner With Joe Courtney

  Health care remains a political flashpoint.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock his bill on skilled nursing deserves a vote.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

7/1/14 Panel


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Hobby Lobby
Union Fees Decision
GM Recall
Immigration enforcement

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

6/17/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post and Times Union Assistant Managing Editor, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Iraq Update
SCOTUS on Online Threats
Baquet Cancer
Health Care Questions
Starbucks College

New England News
5:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

North Adams Regional Hospital Closing

North Adams Regional Hospital will close Friday, March 28.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Northern Berkshire Healthcare has announced it will close North Adams Regional Hospital. The Board of Trustees cites a worsening financial status following Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011, financial restructuring and the closing of its psychiatric facility in January.

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