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LGBT health research, once seen as 'disposable,' gets a boost at NIH

Boston Globe STAT, October 19, 2016
It wasn’t too long ago that including “LGBT” in a health research funding proposal could get it thrown out, said LGBT health researcher Kellan Baker. "LGBT health has traditionally been treated as disposable," said Baker, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. But a recent announcement from an institute within the National Institutes of Health shows a shift in that attitude, and lends federal recognition to the health challenges faced by those who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, or otherwise outside of traditional gender norms. Read more »

Clinic offers caring for Boston's homeless women

Boston Herald, October 17, 2016
At 7:30 one recent morning, an hour before her clinic at St. Anthony Shrine opened, Andrea Caputo went looking for one of her patients on the streets of Boston. Read more »

Opioid epidemic's newest killer is 10,000 times stronger than morphine

Boston Globe, October 17, 2016
An extremely powerful drug used as an elephant tranquilizer has quickly become a new killer in the nation’s opioid epidemic, and New England authorities and health workers are bracing for its arrival. The drug, carfentanil, is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, another deadly synthetic opioid. The emergence of a new, even more powerful drug would present a fresh challenge to local officials already battling a raging crisis. Read more »

12-year-old helps save 4 women after Springfield overdose

Boston Globe, October 16, 2016
Four women in Springfield overdosed on heroin early Sunday morning after snorting lines of what they believed to be cocaine from a folded dollar bill, a police official said. A 12-year-old daughter of one of the women called 911 for medical aid at 12:24 a.m. Sunday, Springfield police Sergeant John Delaney wrote in an e-mail. Read more »

GE puts philanthropic muscle into opioid fight(features League)

Boston Globe, October 11, 2016
When General Electric Co. announced in January that it would move its global headquarters to Boston, executives pledged that the company would make health care a top philanthropic priority. So, GE officials embarked on a statewide listening tour to discover the greatest need. Time and again, clear and chilling, the answer was opioids. Read more »