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Social Commentator Alfred Sirleaf,  gives comment on current events in Liberia including the deadly Ebola virus by speaking and writhing them down on a blackboard in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths in W. Africa

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone’s capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. Fears grew as the United States warned against travel to the three infected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — … 0

Gearing up for the Pan-Mass Challenge

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Matt Haskins, above left, owner of Matt’s Barber Shop of Amherst, shaves a bicycle logo supporting this weekend’s Pan-Mass Challenge into the back of customer Ted Diamond’s head. Diamond, who lives in Amherst and is the owner of the Hadley Veterinary Hospital, is riding the entire Sturbridge-to-Provincetown route to raise money for cancer … 0

Alicia Keys pregnant with 2nd child

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child. A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed Thursday that the singer is pregnant. Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram early Thursday, which also marked her fourth wedding anniversary to producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, who … 0

For 50 years, this book has been the bible for hospital pediatrics

Monday, July 28, 2014

In the early 1950s, six pediatric residents at Johns Hopkins Hospital sat down at a table and jotted down notes they thought would help as they began treating patients. They made copies and put them in loose-leaf notebooks. … 0

ALS: frustration, hope 75 years after Gehrig’s speech, few medical breakthroughs

Monday, July 28, 2014

It has been 75 years since baseball icon Lou Gehrig declared himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth,” despite a diagnosis at age 35 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease with no cure. In the … 0

Check it out: Cancer center, mental health caregivers

Monday, July 28, 2014

CANCER CENTER GIFT Cooley Dickinson Hospital Auxiliary has announced an additional $200,000 gift to its existing commitment of $300,000 to the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Starting later this year, Cooley Dickinson and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center will bring expanded oncology services to … 0

Ebola kills Liberian doctor; 2 Americans infected

Sunday, July 27, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia — One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak … 0

Plan to simplify renewals under new health law is problematic

Sunday, July 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don’t give much thought to each year’s renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to … 0

Comic-Con’s dark side: Harassment amid the colorful fantasy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend’s Comic-Con convention, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very real issue — allegations of sexual harassment at the annual pop-culture festival. Geeks for … 0

Northampton Sidewalk sales present opportunity to party

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For the vendors, artists, and families who filled the streets of downtown this weekend, Sidewalk Sales is more than a shopping event. “It’s much more like hanging out,” said Patrick Pezzati, owner of Turn it Up! … 0

Experts petition judge to block Mass. hospital takeover

Friday, July 25, 2014

BOSTON — A petition signed by 21 antitrust experts and health economists asks a Massachusetts judge to block efforts by the state’s biggest health care system to absorb three more hospitals. The Partners HealthCare System’s planned takeovers of South Shore Hospital and two Hallmark Health System hospitals have … 0

Brush strokes

Friday, July 25, 2014

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Friends & Neighbors

Friday, July 25, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College as a double major in American studies … 0