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CAROL LOLLIS
Offiicials at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield are still trying to determine why there was a disinfection lapse that left 293 patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and why it took so long for the error to come to light.

Baystate Noble officials continue investigating disinfectant lapse that put 293 colonoscopy patients at small risk for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C

Saturday, January 30, 2016

WESTFIELD — In the wake of a disinfection lapse that left 293 patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, Baystate Health officials continue to piece together the puzzle of what went wrong and why it took so long for the error to come to light. The hospital acquired new colonoscopes in June 2012 but did …

Life at Zika epicenter a struggle for afflicted family

Friday, January 29, 2016

RECIFE, Brazil — Around the fifth month of her pregnancy, Daniele Ferreira dos Santos fell ill with a high fever and angry red splotches on her skin. She soon recovered. But weeks later, when she went to the hospital for a prenatal exam, the news was horrific: The baby she was carrying likely …

Following news of Baystate Noble disinfection lapse, patients undergo screening, consider legal action

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WESTFIELD — Kathy Pitoniak wasn’t too keen on the idea of a colonoscopy. But, as a screening doctors recommend to everyone above 50, she figured it was a necessary step and “rite of passage.” Her 2012 procedure showed no cause for concern. Three years later, the Westfield woman is waiting for the results …

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Jamie Smith,11, chooses glass pieces during an art class taught by Leslie di Curcio Marra with Cynthia Fisher as part of an arts in residency program on mosaic's at Norris Elementary School in Southampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jamie Smith,11, chooses glass pieces during an art class taught by Leslie di Curcio Marra with Cynthia Fisher as part of an arts in residency program on mosaic's at Norris Elementary School in Southampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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UMass Physical Plant, Thursday.

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Michael Marcotrigiano, who is the director of the Botanic Garden of Smith College, points to a geological timeline that corresponds to a series of eight murals that line the wall behind him that depict plant life through the ages, Monday, Jan. 11, at Lyman Plant House.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michael Marcotrigiano, who is the director of the Botanic Garden of Smith College, points to a geological timeline that corresponds to a series of eight murals that line the wall behind him that depict plant life through the ages, Monday, Jan. 11, at Lyman Plant House.

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Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, January 25, 2016

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Gala for autism Dust off those fancy holiday outfits one more time. Community Resources for People with Autism is holding its 7th annual Stepping Out for Autism fundraising gala Saturday at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The evening will …

Health events: Support groups and resources

Monday, January 25, 2016

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF EMPTY ARMS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT — A circle of support for families grieving the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth, or in the early days or months of life meets the fourth Wednesday of each month …

The number of marijuana dispensaries begins to grow

Monday, January 25, 2016

Who knows what’ll happen with legalization on the ballot in November, but in the meantime, the state seems to finally have a handle on the whole medical marijuana thing. Previous caps that limited potential dispensaries to one per …

The goodness of green tea: Its health powers may be hyped, but it still has strong selling points, advocates say

Monday, January 25, 2016

It’s easy to find stories trumpeting the health benefits of antioxidant-rich green tea. Seems simple enough. To keep the cells healthy, go to the grocery store, head to the tea aisle, grab something marked “green tea” and drink …

Flint lead problem could be eased by recoating old pipes

Friday, January 22, 2016

Flint’s mayor has floated a shockingly high price tag to fix the Michigan city’s lead-contamination problem: $1.5 billion to replace damaged pipes. Gov. Rick Snyder put the figure at $700 million. In the meantime, officials and water experts …

Northampton native Julie Costello returns as CEO of Hampshire Regional YMCA

Friday, January 22, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Julie Costello remembers scurrying down the road to the Hampshire Regional YMCA with her three siblings as a young girl, swimming in the pool and watching her brothers play basketball. Four decades or so later, she’s …

Baystate Noble Hospital alerts 293 colonoscopy patients to ‘small risk’ of infection due to improper disinfection

Friday, January 22, 2016

A lapse in disinfection procedures means that 293 patients who had colonoscopies at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, including 13 Hampshire County residents, may have been exposed to blood-borne pathogens that could put them at risk of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, hospital officials said Friday. The …

Raising legal tobacco-buying age to 21 a new strategy in fighting addiction

Thursday, January 21, 2016

CHICAGO — Teens and young adults are likely to stop smoking — or never start — if they have to ask those 21 and older to buy cigarettes for them. That’s the premise of research that supports a new plan put forth by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel last …

Resolve to try yoga: Here’s some advice

Monday, January 18, 2016

Editor’s note: In this monthly series, reporter Amanda Drane explores different yoga styles. A staggering 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail, and yogis can tell you why. These surface-level resolutions — get a gym membership, lose 10 …

At home, online workout helps one fan plot her fitness course

Monday, January 18, 2016

The best part about working out in the comfort of your own home: you can do it in your underwear. You can even do it naked, for that matter. Just don’t forget to close the blinds. I never do yoga on the screen, and I’m sure it’s always …