The Ruderman Family Foundation, a Boston nonprofit whose philanthropy focuses on the disabled, commissioned a study last year and found firefighters and police officers in the country were more likely to die in 2017 of suicide than in the line of duty.

Mental health worries override stigma as first responders address growing need

Grant Welker |

Police officers, firefighters and paramedics are overcoming old stigmas in making sure mental health worries from their demanding jobs are addressed.

 

Cannabis is now legal to buy, but we still don't know what to expect

Grant Welker |

The first shops are now open, but the medical community is as unsettled as ever on marijuana's benefits and harms, and few know what to expect for health effects in Massachusetts.

Professionals working to fight health effects of loneliness among seniors

Livia Gershon |

Loneliness is a particular problem among older adults, carrying major potential health concerns comparable to obesity or smoking cigarettes. Professionals are working to fix that.

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Framingham Heart Study lands $38M federal financing

The seven-decade-old Framingham Heart Study has been renewed for another six years with $38 million in new funding from the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute.

ReWalk places first U.S. system covered by major insurer

ReWalk Robotics saw its stock skyrocket Tuesday as the company said it has sold its first personal exoskeleton device to a spinal cord injury patient via insurance firm Cigna Corp.

UMass hires McEvoy as first VP of corporate relations

Zachary Comeau |

Kate McEvoy, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's former regional vice president, has been named the first ever vice president of corporate relations at UMass Memorial Health Care.

Drug companies face scrutiny from lawmakers looking to lower cost

State House News Service |

Legislators have pressed pharmaceutical industry representatives to identify ways drug manufacturers can help bring more transparency to their pricing and lower costs for consumers.

UMass Memorial wins $200K for opioid telemedicine device

Grant Welker |

A plan to evaluate opioid overdose patients using technology known as telemedicine has received an annual prize and funding from the UMass Memorial Medical Group.

As Central Mass. becomes more racially diverse, the population's health needs shift

Grant Welker |

As the population in and around Worcester has diversified, health care has changed with it, for both genetic conditions and cultural differences.

 
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