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.

Health News

Healey joins multi-state lawsuit over health program funding

State House News Service |

More than $12 billion in federal funding for public health programs in Massachusetts could be at risk by a proposed rule that Attorney General Maura Healey sued to block on Tuesday.

Groups urge three-month delay in new paid leave taxes

State House News Service |

State government should approve a three-month delay in payroll taxes needed to fund the new paid family and medical leave program, according to a coalition of groups.

Opioid deaths worsen in Worcester, improve statewide

Grant Welker |

Four Central Massacusetts cities — Framingham, Gardner, Marlborough and Worcester — are bucking a state trend that is generally showing fewer opioid-related deaths.

Fallon's membership down, profit up

Fallon Health reported a 2% drop in membership in the first quarter of the year compared to a year ago but saw a return to profitability.

Spectrum's new executive director targeting child drug use

Worcester addiction treatment firm Spectrum Health Systems has created a new position to oversee adolescent addiction services and is promoting a longtime employee to the job.

Report: Drivers of health care spending still drugs, provider pricing

State House News Service |

With prices of care continuing to increase, Massachusetts still ranks among the top for overall health expenses, according to a new report.

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