public health

By - 11/7/18 - 10:28 am

The Harvard Crimson reports "recent cases of mumps and infectious mononucleosis" at the school.

By - 10/15/18 - 10:26 am

A new study by the BPDA tries to calculate the costs of proposed federal immigration rules that would bar anybody who ever applies for any taxpayer-funded programs - including early-childhood nutrition programs and state-subsidized health insurance - and concludes Boston could lose a significant part of its workforce and risk increases in communicable diseases as immigrants drop out of health-care programs to try to stay here. Read more.

By - 10/5/18 - 7:29 pm

Boston Veterinary Care reports:

There have been multiple confirmed cases of Leptospirosis in dogs throughout the city of Boston. Leptospirosis is a bacteria that can infect humans and pets, and can be life threatening.

Symptoms: Read more.

By - 9/24/18 - 3:29 pm

The state Department of Public Health reports an outbreak of Hepatitis A among homeless people in the state - with many of the cases in Boston. Read more.

By - 8/27/18 - 8:14 pm
Aboard the receiving ship at Commonwealth Pier in Boston

Sailors working out at Commonwealth Pier during the Great War. Source.

In August, 1918, Commonwealth Pier - today's World Trade Center - was a bustling place, with hundreds of sailors arriving there to await their permanent assignments for the "Great War" that the US had entered the year before.

Sometime on Aug. 27 or 28, two sailors reported, yes, flu-like symptoms. Read more.

By - 7/27/18 - 7:00 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports anybody who might have visited the Tasty Burger on Boylston Street between 7 and 11 p.m. on July 19 or Terminal B at Logan Airport between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m on July 20 should check themselves for possible measles symptoms. Read more.

By - 7/22/18 - 5:36 pm
Warning about West Nile Virus on a paper plate at Jamaica Pond

At Jamaica Pond this afternoon.

By - 7/19/18 - 6:53 pm

US Attorney Andrew Lelling vowed today to go after any center that lets opioid addicts shoot up under medical supervision. Read more.

By - 6/19/18 - 10:00 am

Mayor Walsh said today he's picked a South Carolina-based lawfirm to file suit against the makers of opioids to try to recover some of the costs he says the city has incurred treating and dealing with users of their products. Read more.

By - 6/6/18 - 1:21 pm

City councilors will be looking towards regulations that would stamp out alleged sober homes whose operators prey on residents, rather than help them recover. Read more.

By - 2/8/18 - 9:16 am

A city analysis of public-health data from 2016 and 2017 shows Bostonians are having healthier babies and are less likely to grow up smoking, or do lots of binge drinking or have unsafe sex than in years past. But the numbers also show a rapid rise in opioid deaths and too many of us are anxious and torpid - fewer Bostonians are exercising and rates of certain chronic diseases remain unchanged. Read more.

By - 12/7/17 - 3:21 pm

BU Today reports the Boston Public Health Commission has given the go-ahead to BU's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories on Albany Street to begin research on the world's deadliest pathogens, including Ebola virus and the related Marburg virus.

By - 10/23/17 - 9:21 am

The Herald analyzes reports to the city's 311 system, finds discarded needles are showing up all across the city, including playgrounds, keeping parents wary and the city's four full-time needle removers busy.

By - 9/12/17 - 8:19 am

The Crimson reports on several cases of the virus, which can cause rashes and mouth sores.

By - 8/25/17 - 9:50 am

CommonHealth introduces us to a Spaulding Hospital clinic for people who problems caused by tick bites - and the bitter war between doctors who believe chronic Lyme Disease is a thing and doctors who think that's nuts.

By - 8/22/17 - 9:29 pm

CommonHealth reports on a possibly encouraging set of statistics.

By - 6/19/17 - 4:36 pm

Giving addicts a place where they could shoot up under medical supervision would save lives and clean up neighborhoods, several doctors - and one heroin addict - told several Boston city councilors at a hearing today. Read more.

By - 6/5/17 - 2:16 pm

City Councilors Annissa Essaibi-George (at large) and Frank Baker (Dorchester) say that with opioid deaths continuing to rise, it's time to look at possibly setting up a place where addicts could inject themselves while under the supervision of healthcare workers who could administer emergency aid. Read more.

By - 5/18/17 - 12:00 pm
Anti-vaxxers outside the Boston Herald offices

Titanium Cranium shows us the small group of pro-measles anti-vaxxers who showed up in front of the Herald offices today to express their outrage at a Herald editorial accusing their Minnesota kin of putting Somali immigrants at risk by making them forego measles shots on the discredited theory they could cause autism.

No word if the Herald is planning an editorial in favor of fluoridation.

By - 5/1/17 - 11:50 am

The Codman Square Health Center hosts a forum to discuss "healing from substance abuse as a community" on Thursday: Read more.