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Health

State report: Murder down, opiate deaths up

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — A new report by state health officials is showing a drop in violent crime, but continued problems with heroin overdose deaths and childhood asthma and obesity. The study by the Massachusetts Health Council, citing the most recent FBI crime report available, said that the state’s murder rate fell by 34 percent and all violent crime fell by 4.5 percent between 2011 to 2012. The study also confirmed the …

NY, NJ order quarantine for doctors, others

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NEW YORK — Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with victims of the deadly disease in West Africa. The first person …

Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BETHESDA, Md. — A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms. Nina Pham got a hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House. And outside the hospital where …

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Ali Pinschmidt, site manager of the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and Katie Miernecki, the director of Hampshire County Shelter and Housing Services get the Interfaith shelter ready to open.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Ali Pinschmidt, site manager of the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and Katie Miernecki, the director of Hampshire County Shelter and Housing Services get the Interfaith shelter ready to open. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office.

    KEVIN GUTTING Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

    JERREY ROBERTS Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

New tool in Ebola battle: Smith College hosts map-making workshops

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Emma Harnisch hunched over her laptop inside a small computer laboratory on the Smith College campus Thursday night, maneuvering a map-making computer program to draw a series of buildings, roads and walking trails in a remote …

Ex-Boston Mayor Thomas Menino suspends cancer treatment

Friday, October 24, 2014

BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said Thursday he is suspending treatment for an advanced form of cancer as well as a recently-launched book tour to spend more time with his family and friends. Menino, 71, was …

Report: US child poverty at 20-year peak

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. As the U.S. emerges from the worst recession since …

Fast flu shots at drive-through clinic for residents of Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately will offer their residents fast flu shots Sunday during a free drive-through clinic in the parking lot of the Yankee Candle headquarters on Yankee Candle Way in Deerfield. This year’s clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the ninth annual, …

CDC plans new Ebola protocol; Pentagon to form rapid-response team

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ATLANTA — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear “with no skin showing,” a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist …

Most health experts say travel ban from West Africa bad idea that could prevent aid from reaching affected countries

Saturday, October 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It’s become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is …

Ebola lapses persisted for days at Dallas hospital where Thomas Eric Duncan died

Saturday, October 18, 2014

DALLAS — Just minutes after Thomas Eric Duncan arrived for a second time at the emergency room, the word is on his chart: “Ebola.” But despite all the warnings that the deadly virus could arrive unannounced at an …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital prepares for Ebola, but won't treat patients

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Though Cooley Dickinson Hospital won’t be treating Ebola patients, hospital officials are still preparing for the possibility that someone could walk through its emergency room doors with symptoms of the virus. Officials who specialize in infectious …

Hospitals grapple with possibility of Ebola

Friday, October 17, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Step inside All Children’s Hospital and you’re greeted with three things: hand sanitizer, tissues and masks decorated with little cartoon Band-Aids with legs, feet and smiles. “Dirt Squirt Alert!” a sign says. “Stop the …

Ebola travel rules vary for countries

Friday, October 17, 2014

Demands are rising in Washington for the U.S. to ban travelers from countries in West Africa, but the Obama administration is resisting and says the screening measures already in place for travelers are more effective. There are no …