Pembroke Hospital cuts psychiatric beds after staffing criticism

A for-profit psychiatric hospital that’s faced repeated criticism has reduced its patient capacity by more than a third.

Renovation boom revives a deadly demon for Massachusetts workers

Thousands of workers are routinely exposed to danger asbestos without adequate safety protections. The gap between regulation and on-the-ground conditions at job sites can lead to incurable cancer.

OSHA launches four more investigations at Arbour psychiatric hospitals

The federal agency that monitors workplace dangers has launched investigations into four Boston-area psychiatric hospitals owned by the largest private provider of mental health...

After angry moms fault counseling, genetics society cites its ethics code

The National Society of Genetic Counselors issued a statement affirming its ethics code, after a New England Center for Investigative Reporting story featured parents angered at counselors paid by genetic-testing companies.

Look at me: Why genetic test results don’t tell full story

One NECIR intern who has Turner syndrome worries that parents-to-be may make irreversible decisions based on genetic screenings without fully understanding the disorder.

Testing labs agree to pay $8.5 million to settle U.S. false...

Two labs offering scientifically questionable tests agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle allegations that they falsely billed Medicare.

Mass. public may be unaware of striped bass contaminants

Massachusetts is the only state on the East Coast that does not specifically mention striped bass in its fish consumption advisories. While some states issue broad blanket advisories, especially for pregnant women and children, others offer warnings not to eat too much of striped bass from specific water bodies.

VIDEO: How much should you know about genetic testing?

We teamed up with WGBH for a genetic testing discussion with a panel of experts, moderated by NECIR Senior Investigative Reporter Beth Daley.

Live chat: What should you know about psychiatric genetic testing?

Join NECIR's Senior Investigative Reporter Beth Daley, Huffington Post Healthy Living Editor Erin Schumaker, Dr. Joseph Goldberg of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Daniel Carlat of Tufts University School of Medicine, and Dr. John Grohol of PsychCentral to learn more about this emerging industry in mental health care.