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Health

Sleep drunkenness may affect more than 1 in 7

Friday, August 29, 2014

Ever heard of “sleep drunkenness”? If you’ve ever tried to reach for your phone when your alarm clock rings or been so disoriented when you wake up that you don’t know where you are, you may have experienced what’s known formally as “confusional arousal.” More than 1 in 7 people in the U.S. may suffer from the condition, according to a study in the journal Neurology — which would make … 0

Delahunt sues state over pot denial

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts congressman whose bid to open three medical marijuana dispensaries was rejected by state regulators has filed a lawsuit. Former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt is asking a court to force the state Public Health Department to give him licenses to run dispensaries in Dennis, Masphee and Taunton. The Boston Globe reports that in a lawsuit filed this week … 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, especially in terms of brain structure and brain function. These fitness-related differences in brain health … 0

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Easthampton Police Capt. Robert Alberti, center left, Easthampton Fire Chief David Mottor, center right, and others work the scene of a double-fatal accident Thursday involving a motorcycle and a SUV on Route 5 near the Holyoke city line.

    JERREY ROBERTS Easthampton Police Capt. Robert Alberti, center left, Easthampton Fire Chief David Mottor, center right, and others work the scene of a double-fatal accident Thursday involving a motorcycle and a SUV on Route 5 near the Holyoke city line. Purchase photo reprints »

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Matt Jackewich, of Easthampton, who works in maintenance at Three-County Fairgrounds in Northampton, waters flowers near the main gate Wednesday.

    JERREY ROBERTS Matt Jackewich, of Easthampton, who works in maintenance at Three-County Fairgrounds in Northampton, waters flowers near the main gate Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School.

    JERREY ROBERTS Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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

After mother’s need, son donates stem cells for another woman’s cause

Monday, August 25, 2014

When Bryant Sullivan got an email last year letting him know he was a potential stem cell match for a woman in need of a transplant, agreeing to blood tests and potentially more intrusive operations to become a … 0

Health notes: bereavement, eggs, teen sleep schedule

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bereavement workshop for caregivers “Good Mourning,” a new 10-week ebreavement workshop for professional and family caregivers, presented by The Dementia Initiative, begins Sept. 17, 4 to 6 p.m., at Highland Valley Elder Services, 320 Riverside Drive, Florence. To … 0

Hospice offers video service to keep memories alive

Monday, August 25, 2014

Faith Broadnax yanked out her breathing tube. If the “skinny white woman” with the camera - as the headstrong 80-year-old referred to hospice volunteer Maria McKenna - insisted on shooting video of her singing a hymn, she wasn’t … 0

Vegan vs. cavemen Cardiologists square off on nutrition

Monday, August 25, 2014

Dr. Kim Williams thought he followed a heart-healthy diet: He avoided red meat and fried foods. He ate his chicken breast without the skin. Then in 2003, the Chicago cardiologist realized his level of LDL, the so-called “bad” … 0

Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths

Friday, August 22, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria — Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa’s largest cities. The … 0

Cost to raise a child rises to more than $245,000

Monday, August 18, 2014

The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born in 2013 to age 18 rose to $245,340, up 1.8 percent from the previous year, according to a government report released Monday. Housing comprised the largest expense … 0