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New England News
12:25 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Massachusetts Officials Seek To Reassure Public After Ebola Scares

Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA) speaks at a news conference on the state's preparedness for Ebola as Boston Mayor Martin Walsh looks on.
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said he received a thorough briefing this morning on the state’s preparations for Ebola.  At a news conference, the governor stressed there are no cases in the state, and he voiced confidence in the state’s  readiness to deal with infectious diseases.     

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New England News
6:56 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Mass. Medical Marijuana Regulations Approved, Communities Prepare For Dispensaries

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On Wednesday, public health officials in Massachusetts approved a set of final regulations for the use of medical marijuana, and before the first dispensaries are expected to open, some communities are taking action to accommodate them.

The state’s Public Health Council approved the draft regulations on medical marijuana drawn up by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Under the law approved by voters last November, up to 35 dispensaries will open in communities across the state, but not for the next several months.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Mass In Motion Kicks Off in Northern Berkshires

Mark Fenton talks to the crowd at the Mass In Motion kick off event on the campus of MCLA in North Adams
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Today in North Adams, members of the community and local governments came together to kick-off a state-funded wellness program that focuses on community health and planning. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended the event and filed a report.

Today, members of the North Berkshire Community celebrated the kick-off of Mass in Motion,  a statewide effort with a goal to promote fitness to battle obesity, chronic disease, and to encourage healthy, active living.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Massachusetts Officials Give Update on Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

Yesterday, Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick and the state Department of Public Health released more details of their investigation into the compounding pharmacy at the heart of a meningitis outbreak that has sickened more than 300 people.  WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Since injectable steroids manufactured and distributed by New England Compound Center in Framingham Massachusetts were discovered to be the cause of an outbreak of fungal meningitis, the Commonwealth has launched an investigation with Federal officials on the incident.

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WAMC News
12:29 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Health Officials Give Update on Meningitis Outbreak Investigation While Others Call for More Action

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The outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated drugs manufactured by a Massachusetts company has claimed the lives of at least 14 people. Now federal and state officials are investigating but groups are calling for more action. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
12:20 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Campaign Targets Underage Drinking

Public health officials in Massachusetts and a non-profit provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment are working to reduce underage drinking in the state’s third largest city.  A prevention plan has been  developed based on the results of a survey of 8th graders in Springfield to determine reasons for underage drinking.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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