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MATT BURKHARTT
A patient gets his flu shot the CVS Minute Clinic on King Street in Northampton.

Despite its weak record in stopping the flu this season, doctors still say, Get the shot

Monday, January 26, 2015

While federal health officials say this year’s flu vaccine is less effective than in previous years, local doctors and nurses encourage people to get vaccinated anyway. “The flu shot and good hygiene are still your best frontline at preventing the flu,” said Cooperative Public Health Service Nurse Lisa White at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. Last week, the federal …

WHO adopts reforms after bungling Ebola

Sunday, January 25, 2015

GENEVA — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. On Sunday, several dozen of WHO’s member countries approved a resolution aimed at strengthening the U.N. health agency’s ability to …

California measles outbreak expands to 78 cases; more likely

Friday, January 23, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The measles outbreak centered in California continues to expand, with officials now confirming 78 cases of the illness in seven states and Mexico. The California Department of Public Health said there are now 68 cases in the state — 48 that have been directly linked to being at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure last month. Some people also visited …

  • JERREY ROBERTS
UMass students Jess Sterner, left, and Robert Abbot talk about the snowstorm Monday night in downtown Amherst.

    JERREY ROBERTS UMass students Jess Sterner, left, and Robert Abbot talk about the snowstorm Monday night in downtown Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, Public Safety Communications Center Director Kelly Banister and Fire Chief Brian Duggan refine the text of a "robocall" the mayor was about to make to the city Monday afternoon in advance of the extreme winter storm.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, Public Safety Communications Center Director Kelly Banister and Fire Chief Brian Duggan refine the text of a "robocall" the mayor was about to make to the city Monday afternoon in advance of the extreme winter storm. Purchase photo reprints »

  • GENA MANGIARATTI: Dave Hayes works at his laptop at his home Monday.

    GENA MANGIARATTI: Dave Hayes works at his laptop at his home Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Heart surgeon killed at Boston hospital is laid to rest

Friday, January 23, 2015

WELLESLEY — The widow of a cardiac surgeon gunned down at a Boston hospital told hundreds at his funeral Friday he was well liked by patients and it was difficult to believe his death came at the hands of a patient’s son. The service for Dr. Michael Davidson …

Overcoming the odds: Jim Egan of Easthampton has his life back after unlikely kidney transplant

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — James “Jim” Egan III of Loudville Road had been hoping for a kidney transplant since an extremely rare autoimmune disease killed his kidney function over four years ago. But his doctors told him that due to …

Measles not limited to the unvaccinated

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — As the measles outbreak that began at Disneyland grew to at least 70 cases Wednesday, much of the attention has focused on how the vast majority of patients were not vaccinated for the highly contagious disease. But some medical experts have also expressed concern …

Fla. boy’s likely circumcision spurs legal battle, protests

Monday, January 19, 2015

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — An estranged Florida couple’s fight over whether to circumcise their son has become a rallying cry for those who denounce the procedure as barbaric. The dispute between Heather Hironimus, the mother opposing circumcision, and …

Do ‘the Michael Jackson’: Pool exercises help joint recovery, overall fitness

Monday, January 19, 2015

Any athlete will tell you: Rest and recovery are critical to any workout regimen. John Platero, director of education for the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers, created this three-move pool circuit to provide a recovery workout that …

How to stay fit in your 60s and beyond

Monday, January 19, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Dr. Jamie Peters counsels his patients on fitness for the aging, and Denis Nagan is the model patient. Nagan, 69, has been active in sports or fitness since grade school. Peters is a sports medicine specialist …

‘Four-wheel drive for your feet’: Snowshoeing offers outdoor exercise anyone can enjoy

Monday, January 19, 2015

Several times a week during the winter months, Mary Jo Maffei steps into her snowshoes and heads out the back door of her Shutesbury home and off along a trail that was cut by her son. The red-blazed …

Quinn on Nutrition: Test your knowledge of the benefits of breakfast

Monday, January 19, 2015

From a health standpoint, experts continue to confirm that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So important that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently dedicated an entire mini-journal to “The Benefits of Breakfast.” Let’s …

Where to snowshoe?

Monday, January 19, 2015

“Put a pair of snowshoes on,” says Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center manager William Gabriel, “and you can go just about anywhere.” For those looking for more specific locations, however, here are a few popular local spots: DAR State Forest, 78 Cape St., Route 112, Goshen, 268-7098, …

Other outdoor winter fun to keep the heart pumping

Monday, January 19, 2015

As Mark Twain famously noted, New England weather can change in a minute. So can wintertime recreation conditions. Always check ahead before heading to an outdoor area. Cross country skiing For those who like a little more slide …