Juliet L'Esperance, a health navigator at AIDS Project Worcester, with a bag of syringes. The office has more than 1,600 people enrolled in its syringe services program.

Opioid crisis also brings worry of spread of HIV, hepatitis C

Livia Gershon |

Local health officials are working to prevent the spread of infections, particularly HIV and hepatitis C, through infected needles, another consequence of the opioid crisis.

 

Vaping policies evolving with rising use

Sarah Betancourt |

Teenagers are increasingly smoking electronic cigarettes, surpassing use of traditional cigarettes, leaving officials scrambling to respond.

Efforts underway to help lawyers with job's side effects

Zachary Comeau |

New efforts are being made in Massachusetts to help lawyers with addiction or struggling with depression after a 2016 study raised alarms.

Health News

Community Healthlink restoring 24/7 urgent care services

Grant Welker |

Community Healthlink, a Worcester treatment center, is due to restore its around-the-clock availability after receiving a grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

Biz confidence dims amidst market volatility, gov't shutdown

State House News Service |

Confidence levels among Massachusetts employers hit a two-year low in December.

Partnerships will use 13 grants to address 'social determinants'

State House News Service |

Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday doled out $3 million in grant funding to help community organizations address issues in society that affect people's health.

Gas workers ratify contract, due back to work this month

State House News Service |

National Grid gas workers who have been locked out since June are set to be back on the job later this month.

NERC to accept all major insurance plans after Cigna deal

Zachary Comeau |

The Westborough-based New England Recovery Center said Monday it now accepts all major insurance plans for substance abuse disorder.

Best of Business: Handling your money

Where should you look for financial help? These eight Central Massachusetts companies are a start.

 
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