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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 …

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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 »

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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 »

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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

Massachusetts Nurses Association raises concerns about preparedness of hospitals to handle Ebola cases

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — As state and local hospital officials tried to quell mounting public panic over the Ebola crisis, the state and national nurses union raised the alarm about preparedness of hospitals. “Nurses across the state have said they are absolutely not prepared. They don’t feel ready to do …

Northampton, Amherst authorities describe training to protect first responders from Ebola

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Paramedics and EMTs are often the first to see very sick people. If the Ebola virus reaches the Valley, these workers need to be protected. Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan said his department has been working …

AIDS lessons: Experience with 'universal precaution' in response to AIDS benefits Ebola preparedness, but practices under scrutiny

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — The AIDS crisis taught the medical profession how to protect health workers from contagion. That experience, and the use of “universal precautions,” now guides the response to Ebola. Protective gowns, gloves, masks and eyewear are now …

Calls for travel ban resisted

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government’s ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said …

2nd Texas nurse tests positive for Ebola

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DALLAS — The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest on an airliner the day before she …

Officials: No Ebola in state

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts authorities offered reassurances on Tuesday that there were no confirmed cases of Ebola in the state, and said the region’s public health system was well-prepared if a case were detected. On Monday, emergency personnel wearing infectious disease protection suits boarded an Emirates flight from Dubai …

UN: Ebola response needs to be stepped up

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LONDON — West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent. WHO …

CDC: We could have done more to prevent transmission of Ebola in US

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas — The nation’s top disease-fighting agency acknowledged Tuesday that federal health experts failed to do all they should have done to prevent Ebola from spreading from a Liberian man who died last week in Texas …

Boston officials air precautions

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — City health officials said Monday that Boston has seen three or four possible cases of Ebola since the latest outbreak began ravaging West Africa, but they stressed that the city has had no confirmed cases. …

Authorities urge hospitals to ‘think Ebola’

Monday, October 13, 2014

DALLAS — Federal health officials on Monday urged the nation’s hospitals to “think Ebola” and launched a review of procedures for treating patients, while medical records showed that an infected Texas nurse repeatedly visited the room of a …