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Wicked Local Watertown

Watertown resident Maggie Beiser is fighting to eliminate hepatitis C in Boston’s homeless population. A new drug has made the chronic illness curable. A nurse practitioner, Beiser is working with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) to create better access to this treatment for her patients.

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“Sleeping rough” earns its moniker. And now, a new long-term study comparing mortality among homeless who reside in shelters with that of those who opt to sleep on the street proves just how hazardous the latter is to health—and not just for the people directly affected by it.

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Metro West Daily News

In a warehouse on Bishop Street, boxes are overflowing with unopened packages of tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products. In another room, containers filled with new bras are organized by size. “This was just supposed to be something I do on the side,” said Kate Sanetra-Butler, looking around the hundreds of collected products.

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Medical Xpress

Mortality rates for unsheltered homeless adults are higher than those for the general adult population and sheltered homeless adults, according to a study published online July 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Homeless adults who live and sleep on park benches, in the corners of alleyways and under bridges are three times more likely to die than those who live in shelters and 10 times more likely to die than the general population, researchers found in a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Boston 25 News

A ten-year study of Boston’s homeless population showed those living on the streets – as opposed to those staying in shelters – had a far higher mortality rate. The study, published in May, was authored by Dr. Jill Roncarati of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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The Boston Globe

Homeless people living on the street in Boston had a death rate nearly three times higher than those living in shelters and almost 10 times higher than the general Massachusetts population, a new study has found.

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BU Today

On a recent weekday afternoon, three volunteers from the School of Public Health are busy stacking cases of water onto a handcart in the Activist Lab, whose mission is to be “a catalyst for SPH and the community to engage in innovative programs, drive policy and system improvements, and inspire public health leadership.”

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WBUR Common Health

I held my breath for a moment while I registered the unmistakable sight of cancer. I knew how devastating this diagnosis would be to my patient. Furaha – a refugee and a single mother of eight children, all of whom were sheltered in a hotel for homeless families – already faced myriad hurdles.

Furaha fled civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lived in a refugee camp where her husband abandoned the family, and finally arrived in Massachusetts where her family became homeless.

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Wicked Local Winchester

The Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s 2018 “Medicine that Matters” gala was held May 21 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

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