Heather Hegedus, Boston 25 News

Heather Hegedus

Boston 25 News

Boston, MA, United States

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Recent articles by Heather:

J-1 visa ban affecting Cape business owner

DENNISPORT, Mass. — A J-1 visa program is something that many Cape Cod businesses rely on to find enough affordable, temporary workers. But a ban on the visa is making it tough for some businesses to find enough seasonal employees in an already difficult economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Joey’s Pizzeria is celebrating its 15th year in Dennisport. But owner Joe Werzanski is in a tough… → Read More

Group homes for those with disabilities hit hard by coronavirus

Boston 25 News has reported extensively on the rampant spread of COVID-19 in our state's nursing homes. Now, we’re shining a light on another group of at-risk people: those with intellectually and developmental disabilities living in group homes. → Read More

Vertical agriculture & green space: How post-virus redesigns could transform cities, how we live in them

There’s a debate going on about what city life will look like in a post-coronavirus world: How will cities look different and what will Boston look like? → Read More

Stores should immediately notify consumers, employees if workers have virus, AG Healey says

She’s calling on grocery stores and other businesses to raise the alarm as soon as they are aware of workers who have been in their facilities become sick with COVID-19. → Read More

State education board may waive some MCAS tests

The state board that oversees elementary and secondary education is meeting virtually Tuesday, and top on the agenda: what to do about the MCAS for high school students who missed the tests this yea → Read More

Cannabis retail stores carving out digital strategies to adapt to new restrictions

Cannabis retail stores across the Commonwealth are reopening Monday for curbside pickup service after the governor began rolling out a plan to reopen much of the Massachusetts economy. → Read More

Every Sun Life employee will work from home part of the time after pandemic

WELLESLEY, Mass. — With more people than ever working from home right now, a study found that more than half of the workforce wants to continue working from home when this is all over. According to an IBM study, 54% of Americans said they wanted to continue working from home after the coronavirus pandemic ends. For Sun Life Financial, an insurance and employee benefits company based in… → Read More

Need a break from social media? Experts say it’s a good time to reevaluate your screen habits

As we all turn to social media to stay connected, there’s also concern that too much screen time could be bad for our health. Experts say we should use this time to reevaluate our social media use and the habit of constantly checking our phones whenever boredom sets in. → Read More

Researchers ask WHO to adopt guidelines humidity In public buildings

A group of global scientists and researchers led by doctors from Harvard and Yale have come together to launch a petition calling on the World Health Organization to provide guidelines on the recommended levels of humidity in public buildings. The doctors say by keeping the “relative humidity” level in buildings within recommended guidelines, it would protect public health. → Read More

Grieving Newton Wellesley nurse is a hero in the hospital and the home

Some of her patients, though, have no idea that behind her bright smile, there is pain. → Read More

Do mask hacks work? Some tips for making your homemade face covering more effective

Some people are using pantyhose and coffee filters as filtration systems by adding them to either the inside or as an outer layer, over the mask. But do they work? We asked a biomedical engineer what's most effective. → Read More

Local doctor says food, spices in your home could boost your immunity

A recent New York Times article said that most Americans don’t have the diet or overall health to fight COVID-19. A Weymouth doctor said a strong immune system is needed to fight the virus. Dr. Pat Hopkins, a rheumatologist and director of the Boston Functional Medicine Group, looks at the root cause of diseases. She said it’s important to eat healthy to keep a strong immune system to be at your… → Read More

How do you say goodbye to a support animal when you need him the most?

Saying goodbye to a pet is a tough lesson for any child but saying goodbye to a support animal during the uncertainty and stress of a pandemic seems cruel. → Read More

A woman showing no coronavirus symptoms tested positive after giving birth, required oxygen, obstetrician says

Dr. Lisa Dunn-Albanese, an obstetrician at Brigham and Women’s, says she consulted on a case prior to April 16 that involved a patient who was admitted to the labor and delivery floor with no symptoms of COVID-19. But after giving birth, the mother suddenly had trouble breathing and needed oxygen. Her COVID-19 test then came back positive. → Read More

Cancer patient forgoing chemo during COVID-19 pandemic

In 2015, the wife of a Braintree Police detective was pregnant with her first child, Cora, and receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. → Read More

MIT launches project to create inexpensive ventilator

A group of engineers, physicians and computer scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are posting plans online for an inexpensive alternative that could be built quickly around the world. → Read More

Keeping up with your mental health while social distancing

As COVID-19’s spread continues to dominate news and keep people in their homes, families are doing all they can to keep calm during scary and uncharted times. → Read More

Man freed from machinery at Canton factory, fire department says

Fire officials say it took more than a dozen firefighters about 20 minutes to free the man, who was flown to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center by Boston MedFlight. → Read More

Can beet juice solve the rust problem from winter road salt?

In Wellesley, they're mixing up a concoction to treat roads that's a lot easier on your car, made from beets. The beets, along with corn oil and soy bean oil, are mixed with a liquid salt-based brine and used on the roads when it snows. → Read More

Study links social media to anxiety risks in teens

Researchers say social media is just one factor that can really play into our mental health. → Read More