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Nurse practitioner Anne Krekis with patient Henrietta Faison at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates-Atrius Health in 2019.

Physicians group Atrius Health plans to join Optum, giving a national operation a bigger Mass. presence

The deal, which needs approval from regulators, would convert the nonprofit Newton-based physician group to a division of a national for-profit behemoth.

A team of pharmacists from CVS, in center is Taline Tokatlian, prepared vaccines to give to residents of Life Care of Acton.

The curse of the incidental illness: Seen as side effects to coronavirus vaccinations, ailments may have little to do with them

There's a lack of public understanding that many problems that occur after vaccination probably aren’t tied to immunization itself.

Boston, MA -- 06/04/2020  -- Yoldana Desir displays a photograph of her late sister, Marie Deus, who died of Covid-19, after contracting it as a food service worker at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Kayana Szymczak for STAT)

In the Covid-19 death of a hospital food worker, a microcosm of the pandemic

The hospital's first employee to die of Covid-19 was a kitchen worker named Marie Deus — and her illness sparked a question. Why weren't bedside clinicians getting sick at the highest rates?

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The Road Ahead: Charting the pandemic over the next 12 months — and beyond

In this project, STAT describes 30 key moments, possible turning points that could steer the pandemic onto a different course or barometers for how the virus is reshaping our lives.

Ahoskie Mayor Weyling White, left, and Hertford County Magistrate Deborah Morrison, right, pose for a portrait on railroad tracks that divide the predominantly White and predominantly Black parts of town in Ahoskie, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo © Landon Bost 2020)

From a small N.C. town to big-city hospitals, how software infuses racism into U.S. health care

The racial bias can produce huge differences in assessing patients’ need for special care to manage conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, or depression, a STAT investigation found.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: People walk through the snow and sleet in Manhattan on February 12, 2019 in New York City. New York City, in a winter that has been light on snow this season, is expected to receive two inches of snow before the storm moves later this evening.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Covid-19’s wintry mix: Dry indoor air helps the virus spread

The worry is not just that people might mingle more closely inside, but that the air they breathe will make the virus more dangerous.

Some medical institutions have decided to stop using race corrections in some tests.

‘Race is not a biologic category’: The movement to remove race-based assessments in medicine

For years, a number of diagnostic tests have been adjusted based on the belief that a patient’s key bodily functions can vary depending on race or ethnicity. The practice, though, is facing new pushback amid concerns that race-based tests can downplay the severity of illnesses in Black patients.

Purdue Pharma's offices in Stamford, Conn.

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead guilty to federal charges, agree to $8 billion-plus deal, officials say

Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, Justice Department officials said.