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In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014,  a security guard, center left,  working at the University Hospital Fann, speaks to people inside a car, as a  man is  treated for symptoms of the Ebola virus inside the Hospital in Dakar, Senegal. The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)

Senegal Ebola case ‘top priority’ for health group

Monday, September 1, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar. Senegal faces an “urgent need” for support and supplies including hygiene kits and … 0

VIDEO Adventurous couple seals wedding vows with forest leap in Shutesbury

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SHUTESBURY — The highlight of the Fahey-Shaw wedding Sunday was, of course, the taking of the vows and the first kiss of a married couple. A close runner-up would be what happened about an hour and a half later, when Corinne Shaw climbed to the top of a 40-foot pole in the forest, … 0

Obamas’ longtime personal chef marries MSNBC host

Sunday, August 31, 2014

POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y. — President Barack Obama on Saturday temporarily set aside the pressures of trying to calm the world’s trouble spots and assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the Obama family’s longtime chef and friend. Chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner were tying the … 0

Health note: Flex your kids’ brain with exercise

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Flex your kids’ brain with exercise A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience strongly suggests that kids who are more active and physically fit do better in school. According to the study, “Aerobic fitness plays an important role in the brain health of children, … 0

Devices slice time, distance for patients via ‘telemedicine’

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Concerned about a growth on his face, Mt. Lebanon, Pa., resident, Robert Johnston could have made an appointment with the dermatologist already treating him for other reasons. Instead, he snapped photos of himself and the affected area, uploaded … 0

Fisher Home offers LGBT bereavement support group

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — From Oct. 2 through Nov. 20, the Hospice of the Fisher Home will offer an LGBT bereavement support group, Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in the conference room of the Fisher Home, 1165 North Pleasant … 0

Check it out

Thursday, August 28, 2014

DIABETES CARE TALK A talk on “Advances in Diabetes Care and Prevention” will be held Sept. 4, 6 to 7 p.m., at Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Dakin Conference Room. Presenters are David M. Nathan, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Center and the Clinical Research Center, and Dr. … 0

Can stem cells help mobility after stroke?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

When Bruce Daily woke up after having lumbar surgery a year ago, he realized he couldn’t move the right side of his body. “It took me a long while to figure out I wasn’t gonna walk again,” he … 0

‘12-Mile Meal’ battle of the chefs heats up at Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chefs from three local restaurants, including defending champion The Sierra Grill, will take part in a cooking throw-down as they battle to create three-course meals using ingredients from within a 12-mile radius of Northampton. “The 12-Mile Meal” will … 0

A 7-step path to parenting Zen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If you have school-age children, you probably know that Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits” series has been modified and monetized for youngsters. Close to 1,500 elementary schools are using “The Leader in Me” series, The Associated Press reports, which … 0

When teens need help saying no

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Some years ago, before I had children of my own, I went to visit a friend and former colleague whose oldest daughter was then a middle-schooler. When I told my friend how terrific I thought that daughter was, … 0

When a divorce is easier than letting go of the inlaws

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I’ve been divorced for three years, and my mother is still hoping it’s just a phase. “Are you sure you don’t want to invite him on vacation?” she will ask me of my ex-husband, whom she still adores. Although my ex and I include each other on every … 0

CEO of learning disability mentor group pens book

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

“You must try harder.” David Flink, 34, heard those words over and over again growing up in Atlanta — from his teachers, from his father — as he struggled against dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Slowly, he learned … 0