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Berkshire Medical Center strikes deal with creditors to buy N. Adams hospital

Friday, April 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center has reached an agreement to purchase the former North Adams Regional Hospital, and it could have the emergency room open by mid-May. Berkshire Health Systems, the parent company of Berkshire Medical Center, said Thursday it would need to spend up to $10 million on repairs and improvements to the former hospital if the deal is finalized. North Adams Regional Hospital closed abruptly on March 28, … 0

Advocates urge haste on medical pot access

Thursday, April 24, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts residents suffering from multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease and other debilitating illnesses rallied at the Statehouse Thursday to call on Gov. Deval Patrick to speed up the process for opening medical marijuana dispensaries so they can safely purchase the drug. Matthew Allen, executive director of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, said patients fear the dispensaries will not be ready to … 0

Early tests in on two new drugs aimed at preventing migraines

Thursday, April 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Two drugs given to people who suffer migraines reduced the frequency of their headaches in early trials, scientists said. The test results “may potentially represent a new era in preventive therapy for migraine,” Dr. Peter Goadsby, an author on studies of both drugs, said in a statement. One of the researchers called migraine headaches the third most common medical disorder … 0

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Harry Santiago, owner of Santiago trees out of Springfield, and his employee Juan Torres, pull up trees in a field off Rocky Hill Rd. in Hadley for Wanczyk Evergreen Nursey.

    CAROL LOLLIS Harry Santiago, owner of Santiago trees out of Springfield, and his employee Juan Torres, pull up trees in a field off Rocky Hill Rd. in Hadley for Wanczyk Evergreen Nursey. Purchase photo reprints »

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left Nicolas Argueta and Carlos Morales, employees of Nourse Farm, put up a High Tunnel structure which will extend the growing season of berries.

    CAROL LOLLIS left Nicolas Argueta and Carlos Morales, employees of Nourse Farm, put up a High Tunnel structure which will extend the growing season of berries. Purchase photo reprints »

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Chris Davies

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Health Advice

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