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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - MA: Health

State health officials say in addition to wearing proper clothing and using repellent, Massachusetts residents should take steps to keep mosquitoes away from in and around the home. (Alvesgaspar/Wikipedia)

BOSTON – State health officials want Massachusetts residents and their visitors to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites during their Labor Day weekend activities. Many communities face a "critical" risk for potentially deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis after new cases were identified in

Protesters in Boston denounce anti-abortion violence, holding a sign to honor Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider who was murdered in Kansas in 2009. (Tim Pierce/Wikipedia)

BOSTON — Physicians for Reproductive Health says a recent threat against an abortion clinic in Chicago has rattled providers across the country. Massachusetts is no stranger to anti-abortion violence. In 1994, an anti-abortion activist fatally shot two people and injured five at abortion cli

The phones have been ringing at the Massachusetts State House, and frustrated parents on the other end of the line have convinced their lawmakers some big changes are needed in kids' health care. (Daderot/Wikipedia)

BOSTON – The Massachusetts House votes today on sweeping legislation that aims to make it easier for young people and their families to navigate the complicated health-care system. Among its many efforts, it addresses the pediatric health workforce, behavioral health and insurance coverage for

Every New England state has seen higher rates of opioid overdose deaths than the U.S. average. (New England Public Policy Center)

BOSTON – A new report claims it isn't economic factors that have fueled high numbers of opioid overdoses in New England – but doctors who've been over-prescribing them. Looking into the impact of the opioid epidemic on the labor market, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston found overdose

Shatterproof founder and chief executive Gary Mendell addresses the Clinton Foundation, sharing his personal story of losing his son to addiction. (Shatterproof)

BOSTON - Massachusetts will be the first state to participate in a new, national system to rate addiction-treatment programs. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has approved being part of a pilot program developed by Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization. Substance-use treatmen

Women are much more likely to develop thyroid disorders than men, although the reasons are not well understood. (ryanrao/Pixabay)

BOSTON – January is Thyroid Awareness Month, and thyroid medication is among the most prescribed in the U.S. Levothyroxine, a common thyroid supplement, is currently the second most filled drug at American pharmacies, according to data from GoodRx. So why is thyroid medication so popular?

While 18 percent of women in the workforce are in the healthcare sector, more than one-third of them earn less than $15 an hour. (travisdmchenry/Pixabay)

BOSTON – About three-quarters of the people working in healthcare jobs are women, and a new national study from Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania finds a large share of them earn low wages and have few benefits. The researchers found 34 percent of female healt

While opioid overdoses are starting to decline in Massachusetts, fentanyl-related deaths have risen in 2018. (rebcenter-moscow/Pixabay)

BOSTON – Massachusetts reached an all-time high in fentanyl overdose deaths this year, according to new data from the state Department of Public Health. Nearly 90 percent of opioid overdoses in the second quarter involved the synthetic opioid fentanyl. What's more, a report from The Pew Ch

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