Primary Care Practices Still Trying To Rebound From Pandemic Financial Losses

Primary care has been under stress for years. It’s a medical field with high demands and relatively low incomes, at least among doctors. When COVID-19 arrived, those practices took a huge hit. Despite measures to make up for lost revenue, many are still struggling. On a recent morning, Amy Jewitt of Hadley, Massachusetts, brought her…

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As New School Year Begins, Some Immunocompromised Families Feel Left Behind

As the new school year begins and students head back to the classroom, some immunocompromised families feel left behind. That’s because many districts across Connecticut aren’t offering a remote learning option, and for many families, returning to the classroom is like choosing between their education and their health. Ten-year-old Lane Mayville is used to tearing…

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mRNA Was Supposed To Stay Ahead Of Variants. Why Aren’t We Using Its Full Potential?

Part of the exciting promise of modified mRNA technology that built Moderna and Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccines was an assurance against variants that might one day evade the vaccines’ protection. If any troublesome mutations arose, researchers said, manufacturers would be able to reprogram the string of genetic code inside the vaccines to counter that. Manufacturers have…

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Vermont’s Uneven Vaccine Mandates Leave Families With Vulnerable Loved Ones In Limbo

COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have surged in Vermont in recent weeks, despite the state having the highest vaccination rate in the country. The rise in cases has pushed some businesses to mandate the shot for employees. But for the most part, organizations in Vermont have been slow to institute vaccine requirements, and there’s been minimal…

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Saugus Police Shooting Was Just The Latest Involving Mental Health Issues

Karen Gillis’ son Danny was killed by Pittsfield police in 2017. Investigators say Danny had a knife and provoked police into shooting him⁠ — a phenomenon known as suicide by cop. Gillis said Danny was drunk that day and had struggled with mental health problems for years. But she thinks her son might still be…

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‘We Don’t Wanna Be the Cause of Some Sort of Super-Spreader Event:’ N.H. Musicians Negotiate An Uncertain Local Music Scene

The Manchester-based band Happy Just To See You has been practicing in person since May, when they were all finally able to get vaccinated for COVID-19. But since two band members recovered from COVID in the past year, they’re staying responsible and cautious, though as their name suggests, they’re happily reunited. The musicians, including frontman…

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Syringe Redemption Aims To Keep Needles Off Boston Streets

Residents and business owners have been complaining about syringes littering the streets of some Boston neighborhoods for years. Perhaps nowhere more so than the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard in Boston — often called “Mass/Cass.” But a new program to clean up the needles appears to be making a difference. The program, known…

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