Falling Fertility Rates

Amid a deep recession and a slow economic recovery, the fertility rate is below the replacement level of two-point-one percent. Withe the baby boomers reaching retirement, the aging of America will have consequences. BUTV’s Sandeep Chandrasekhar investigates in Boston.

Three Bills Aim to Bar “Fracking”

Image: As the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to vote on gun control legislation in the coming weeks, one of Capitol Hill’s key players on the issue – Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. – already has staked out some positions in the debate. But he is awaiting more information before he makes up his mind on several key questions.

by Cole Chapman BOSTON —Although Massachusetts is not known for petroleum exploration, two bills have been filed in the Legislature to pre-emptively ban hydraulic fracturing – a natural gas extraction process better known as “fracking.” Rep. Denise Provost, D-Somerville, and Rep. Peter V. Kocot, D-Northampton, have co-sponsored one bill that

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Video: Some Parents Say No to Vaccines

BOSTON — A few parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children, despite those kids attending school Boston University student Deedee Sun reports at the controversy about whether vaccines hurt or harm kids …

VIDEO: Tanning Beds and Skin Cancer

BOSTON – A disturbing increase in cancer rates among young women is linked to tanning beds. Casey Grenet reports on the latest medical study and introduces us to a patient with regrets.

Disease Outbreak Simulation

BOSTON – The mayor of Boston has been alerted of a possible disease outbreak. The threat is grave. He assigns a team of epidemiologists to comb through medical records …

State Officials Weigh Changes in Drug Compounding Laws

BOSTON – State health officials and legislators are taking steps and considering other changes to prevent a repeat of a national meningitis outbreak linked to a Framingham-based compounding pharmacy. A first step came Wednesday when …

A New Paradigm in Alzheimer’s Research

BOSTON — When you throw together a group of academics, clinical researchers, social workers, and industry scientists, you get more than just a room full of conflicting opinions – you get a room full of fresh ideas. One such group of Alzheimer’s disease experts was organized by the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) to critically evaluate differences in Alzheimer’s disease between men and women. This panel provided a set of recommendations for future Alzheimer’s research.