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Sriracha maker considers moving factory amid smell complaints

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES — After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location. Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple cities in California that have offered to host the Sriracha factory. He invited them to tour the facility in Irwindale, … 0

Boston doctors agree to $4.5M settlement

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — Two Massachusetts General Hospital doctors have agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle a malpractice lawsuit brought by the family of a Plymouth woman who died at the hospital. Physicians failed to take measures that might have prevented the death of Geraldine Moran, 62, in 2005, said Benjamin Novotny, a lawyer for her three children. Moran was taken to MGH … 0

Tufts Medical, Lowell General seek merger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LOWELL (ap) — Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Lowell General Hospital have reached a tentative deal on a merger officials say will make both institutions stronger while lowering medical costs. Both are among the last remaining independent hospitals in the state and had been looking for partnership opportunities. Under terms of a tentative agreement announced Monday, each nonprofit hospital would continue to … 0

Judge blocks painkiller ban

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction after the maker of the drug, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban ordered by Gov. Deval Patrick last month … 0

Forecasters map potential storms

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — Starting this year, national hurricane forecasters will issue maps showing where there’s potential for storm-driven seawater to charge miles inland to flood streets, knock down homes and kill people. The new online map will appear on the center’s website when a watch is announced for … 0

Area health officials remain vigilant after Smith College faculty member diagnosed with measles

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local health officials say they will remain vigilant through Friday for reports of measles linked to a Smith College faculty member being diagnosed with the rare viral illness last week. Northampton Public Health Director Merridith O’Leary said Monday no new cases of measles have been reported … 0

Health note: Mosquito-borne disease expected soon in U.S.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mosquito-borne disease expected soon in U.S. A mosquito-borne disease that originated in Africa and elsewhere is causing concerns among health officials. The University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research has joined a group of top virologists around the … 0

A SUGAR PRIMER

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sucrose: Common table sugar. It is a 50-50 combination of glucose and fructose. Sucrose quickly breaks down in the intestines into glucose and fructose, which head to the liver via the portal vein where they undergo different biological processes. Glucose: A slightly sweet form of sugar produced by … 0

Younger heart attacks: doctors look at symptoms

Monday, April 14, 2014

Carrie O’Connor thought she was a fairly healthy 35-year-old who went on daily jogs and ate well. Then, more than a year ago, she suffered back-to-back heart attacks. The first hit while she was treating herself to baubles … 0

Sweet and sour Experts say sugar consumption leads to a host of diseases

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dr. Robert Lustig’s YouTube lectures about the dangers of sugar have raised a few eyebrows in recent years and even drawn some criticism. But the pediatric endocrinologist’s proclamations are supported by research his team has done at the … 0

Measles case at Baystate spurs alert

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The person with "ties to Northampton" who contracted measles has been identified as a Smith College faculty member, according to the Associated Press. The person was admitted and treated at Baystate Medical Center April 2, but … 5

Lawsuit: Nursing home patient subjected to male stripper’s antics against her will

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. — An 85-year-old nursing home patient was the victim of “disgraceful sexual perversion” when a male stripper gyrated in front of her against her will at the suburban New York facility, an attorney for the … 0

State insurer cuts narcotic scripts

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BOSTON — The largest health insurer in Massachusetts has cut prescriptions of narcotic painkillers by an estimated 6.6 million pills in 18 months as part of a campaign to curb abuse. The decline in prescribed opiates including Percocet and Vicodin followed the insurer’s decision to limit the quantity … 0