3M says it will stop producing PFAS chemicals that have contaminated communities across New Hampshire

December 20, 2022

The company 3M, which manufactures everything from Post-It notes to dental implants, has announced it will stop making PFAS — a group of man-made chemicals linked to a variety of health issues. The move comes as federal regulators are preparing to place limits on the chemicals in drinking water. 3M cited that plan as a factor in…

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Russell Eng, president of Friends of Reggie Wong Park, stands at the center of the park on a winter evening.

Fight for Chinatown park snagged by asbestos concerns

December 19, 2022

Environmental hazards in Chinatown’s only recreational park are at the center of a yearslong battle for open space in the neighborhood. Reggie Wong Memorial Park is a paved lot near South Station that community groups have been trying to lease from the state for years. Neighborhood advocates say they need the lease to ensure the…

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A 15-week abortion ban would have overlooked these Maine mothers’ pregnancy complications

October 18, 2022

Erin Wolf of Falmouth loves being a mom. She and her husband already had two boys when she found out she was expecting a third in 2016. “Which was a very much wanted and planned for pregnancy,” she says. They decided to name him Dylan. Wolf was 35 and considered advanced maternal age, which meant…

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Farming is dangerous, but access to affordable health insurance remains elusive, survey finds

September 27, 2022

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in America. In 2020, federal data show more farmers died from fatal occupational injuries than did police officers, logging workers, or roofers. But in the agriculture industry, access to affordable health care is challenging – particularly for new farmers. Mary Claire Whelan has farmed for five seasons in Connecticut.…

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Helping her family get housing, food & healthcare is a part-time job for New Hampshire woman

August 22, 2022

For Josephin Yen of Concord, N.H., gardening is a way to clear her head and get out of the house. “I will go out there,” she said, and “I feel better.” But gardening isn’t an easy hobby for her these days. After resettling in New Hampshire with her family from Sudan, she worked long hours…

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To solve the mystery of long COVID, researchers look to an older disease

August 8, 2022

Netia McCray likes to start her day with a cup of coffee. But sometimes, making that cup can be too much. McCray became sick with COVID more than two years ago and never fully recovered. Since then, simple tasks deplete her energy. She still has trouble breathing, moving and thinking clearly. It takes her hours…

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New Hampshire sues chain pharmacies for their role in fueling opioid addiction crisis

July 26, 2022

The state of New Hampshire is suing the nation’s largest pharmacy chains — including CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens — alleging the companies failed to stop “a flood of prescription opioids” that fueled the addiction epidemic of the past decade. The suit, filed in Merrimack County Superior Court Tuesday, says the pharmacies failed to create…

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A young bespectacled woman with purple hair down to her shoulders, sits in a motorized wheelchair in front of a vertical banner that's a painting of the Statue of Liberty in a wheelchair.

It’s Disability Pride Month, and many in New England want more celebration

July 25, 2022

Earlier this month at a city park in Augusta, Maine, Chrysanthemum Gates got a chance to speak at her first ever in-person Disability Pride event. Gates, a social media disability advocate with Tourette Syndrome, said she wished more people knew about events like this in New England. “I really feel like if more people knew…

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Mike Doucette, of Modern Pest Services, pulls out a SMART box electronic rat trap set up along the bike path outside of Davis Square in Somerville to check its contents.

Mass. cities scurry to contain rats with electronic traps, carbon monoxide and birth control

July 25, 2022

Just off the bike path in Somerville, Mass., Michael Collins waded through the bushes and picked up a metal box. Collins popped open the lid — and immediately noticed a rancid smell. A dead rat was decomposing inside. “I’d say it’s a juvenile,” said Michael Collins, of Modern Pest Services, as he slid the rodent…

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The heat wave feels even hotter if you’re in prison. Mass.’s solution of ice and fans offers little relief.

July 22, 2022

As Massachusetts heads into a weekend of sweltering temperatures, prison advocates worry that the more than 13,000 people incarcerated in the state’s prisons and county jails are especially in danger of heat-related illnesses. Massachusetts’ jails and prisons often don’t have air conditioning. Many incarcerated people are medically vulnerable, and advocates say they are particularly at…

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