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Health

State tops in new Kids Count report

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — Children in Massachusetts are better off than in any other state in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday. Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories, according to the 25th annual Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Yet despite the high overall ranking, the state cannot afford to be complacent, officials said. Even though Bay … 0

Blindsided by aneurysms, patients hail support program

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ten days after signing the lease on Resurrection Fitness, in Carnegie, Pa., Jeff Donato was found lying in a pool of blood. At a local hospital, doctors ordered a rush CT scan and, as they were wheeling him into surgery, they told his wife that he had had a ruptured brain aneurysm. A … 0

Health notes: Broccoli, measuring medicine

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fight air pollution with broccoli If you live in a region with lots of air pollution, you might not always breathe easy. So it might help to sit back, relax and enjoy a helping or two of broccoli. Better yet, have a stiff cup of broccoli-sprout tea. It might not be the advice you expect to protect yourself from pollution. But a study … 0

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Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

  • UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning. photo by J. Anthony Roberts Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Strokes increasing among adolescents, young adults

Monday, July 21, 2014

After a fun night out with her girlfriends late last year, Bianca Cooper arrived home with a “killer” headache. That wasn’t all that unusual, but she soon started to lose feeling on her left side and was unable … 0

Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. Some prominent doctors say the drug now seems too risky for routine use. Niacin is a type of B vitamin long … 0

Old smallpox vials unearthed

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box. The … 0

MGH to begin screening all patients for substance abuse

Monday, June 30, 2014

BOSTON — Patients at Massachusetts General Hospital will soon be asked questions about their alcohol and illegal drug use, no matter why they’re at the hospital. The program scheduled to start this fall is part of a broader plan to improve addiction treatment at the Boston hospital and … 0

Women face gender-specific challenges in fighting addiction and alcoholism

Saturday, June 28, 2014

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” trumpeted a popular book in the 1990s. Author John Gray didn’t sell 50 million copies of his book and spark a pop culture fire by telling us anything most of … 0

Research suggest links between menopause, migranes

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Women’s migraine headache problems rise in the years shortly before and at the start of menopause, researchers say, news that may feel like vindication to women who suspected as much but didn’t get support from their doctors. “In … 0

More countries add graphic warnings to cigarettes

Friday, June 27, 2014

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia became the newest country to mandate graphic photo warnings on cigarette packs on Tuesday, joining more than 40 other nations or territories that have adopted similar regulations in recent years. The warnings, which showcase … 0

'Landmark victory for patient safety' 1 nurse per 2 intensive care patients to become Massachusetts law

Thursday, June 26, 2014

BOSTON — Nurses working in a hospital’s intensive care unit will have to care for no more than two patients under legislation awaiting the governor’s signature. On Thursday, the Senate joined the House in approving the agreement that … 0

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Aggressive allergies: When a rose may not smell so sweet

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Is it possible that there are more chemicals being used in perfumes and sprays that are hurting more people than 10 or 20 years ago? “That is definitely accurate,” said Merritt Fajt, an allergist who is a nationally … 1