Boston will install more speed humps, increase ‘No Turn on Red’ intersections as fatal pedestrian crashes jump across Massachusetts

Mayor Michelle Wu speaks during a press conference on street safety at the Thetford Evans Playground on Monday in Mattapan. (Nancy Lane/Boston Herald) May 22, 2023 By RICK SOBEY | | Boston HeraldMay 23, 2023 at 5:58 a.m. With drivers speeding down side streets in city neighborhoods and fatal pedestrian crashes rising across Massachusetts, Boston will soon install […]

Veterans could be among the first to feel the pain of a debt default

Veteran Jesse Reynolds says he’s relying on his monthly VA disability check until he can readjust to civilian life. Jesse Reynolds By Quil Lawrence, Dustin Jones For Navy veteran Jesse Reynolds, it’s personal. Veterans funding is currently a key part of two high-stakes showdowns in Washington: budget talks and the possible default on America’s debt. If […]

New Mask Policy

Dear Patients, The COVID-19 public health emergency has now ended, as of May 12th, 2023. In keeping with guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center will no longer require masks in either administrative areas or most clinical settings. Though masks are no longer required for all patients and families […]

Teen mental health is in crisis, study shows. What can parents do?

BY SARA MONIUSZKOMARCH 6, 2023 / 6:00 AM / CBS NEWS Results from a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey add to the evidence that teen mental health is in crisis, with particularly concerning numbers surrounding teen girls.  The survey found around 1 in 3 high school girls in the U.S. have seriously considered attempting suicide and more […]

The Connection Between Seasonal Allergies and Mental Health

By Christina Caron May 8, 2023 Studies suggest that allergens could play a role in mood disorders like depression and anxiety. Here’s what to know and how to get help if you need it. Seasonal allergies can be miserable. The sneezing, congestion and itchy, watery eyes can feel like a terrible cold that won’t go away, […]

When Should Women Get Regular Mammograms? At 40, U.S. Panel Now Says.

By Roni Caryn RabinPublished May 9, 2023Updated May 10, 2023, 10:42 a.m. ET The new advice comes as breast cancer diagnoses rise among younger women and mortality rates among Black women remain persistently high. Alarmed by an increase in breast cancer diagnoses among younger women and persistently high death rates among Black women in particular, health experts on Tuesday […]

Sugar-sweetened drinks tied to a higher risk of premature death for people with type 2 diabetes: Harvard researchers

Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that sugar-sweetened beverages were tied to an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease among people with type 2 diabetes. (Nancy Lane/Boston Herald) By RICK SOBEY | | Boston Herald April 19, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. Those with type 2 diabetes who regularly drank sugar-sweetened beverages like soda or lemonade […]

Supreme Court to issue abortion pill ruling on Friday. Here’s what to know.

The abortion pills mifepristone and misoprostol. JACKIE MOLLOY/NYT By Sonel Cutler Globe Correspondent, Updated April 21, 2023, 1 hour ago The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision Friday on a controversial case that could threaten access to a widely used abortion pill and significantly impact the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate health […]

As evictions climb in Mass., one last measure to prevent them expires Friday

‘We are pushing people to the brink of eviction and homelessness,’ said an official with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless By Diti Kohli Globe Staff,Updated March 28, 2023, 5:22 p.m. When the pandemic first struck, Edson Costa lost his job and fell into a bout of depression so debilitating, he said, that “I couldn’t even […]

Black veterans close out Black History Month with appreciation brunch in Boston

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, right, greeted honoree Lillian O’Neal during the Black Veterans Appreciation Brunch in Boston on Saturday.CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF Mayor Michelle Wu and the city’s Office of Veterans’ Services honored three Black veterans for their years of continued service to the Boston community. By Ivy Scott Globe Staff,Updated February 25, 2023, 6:29 p.m. […]

A woman dies every 2 minutes during pregnancy or childbirth: Report

New study shows increased maternal mortality rate A study published by the World Health Organization found that maternal deaths have increased in nearly all regions of the world for the past five years, including in the United States.STOCK IMAGE/Getty Images Maternal mortality rates have increased by 75% over the past 20 years in U.S. By […]

U.S. Food Benefits for Poor to Shrink as Pandemic Provisions End

FILE PHOTO: Residents receive free groceries at a food pantry provided by La Colaborativa amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Brian Snyder REUTERS By Leah Douglas (Reuters) -Low-income Americans will soon receive less in food assistance or completely lose their eligibility for the benefits, as the federal government […]