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Joann Sullivan hugs her son Bryant Sullivan, 23, at their home in Barrington, Ill.
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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 donor was an easy choice, he said. “It was basically like a no-brainer for me,” said Sullivan, 23, of suburban Barrington. “I … 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 register and to get more information contact dementia-initiative@comcast.net. The free workshop includes facilitated discussions and … 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 going to be seen praising Jesus with a plastic hose up her nose. “This is … 0

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Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater.

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Northampton downtown property owner Alan Scheinman listens to questioning by Northampton Business Improvement District lawyer Harry Miles in Superior Court 1 in Northampton on Monday during a civil suit against the Northampton BID brought by Scheinman and fellow downtown business owner Eric Suher.

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Health Advice

Doctors face dilemma on Ebola drug

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — Doctors treating a Sierra Leone physician with Ebola defended their decision not to give him an experimental drug, saying Wednesday they feared it was too risky. Calling it “an impossible dilemma,” Doctors Without Borders explained … 0

UN says untested Ebola drugs OK to use in outbreak

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MADRID — The World Health Organization declared it’s ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, although the tiny supply of one experimental treatment has been depleted and it could be … 0

Charlotte Meryman: Letting Henry go, After brother’s difficult life, his loving sister finds way to help bring him peace

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — By the time he died last year, at 58, my brother Henry had been bedridden for more than two months. He could move his arms and hands, but only slightly, and he could turn his head … 0

Norma Akamatsu: Husband’s illness sparks a ‘living eulogy’

Monday, August 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON ­— In 1997 my husband, Ron, was diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer, multiple myeloma. He did well enough for over a year with a mix of chemotherapy and high-dose steroids. But in August 1998, his health … 4

Student filmmakers find themselves in the vaccine/autism fray

Monday, August 11, 2014

Every school day, students at Carlsbad High tune in their classroom televisions to a news show produced by its award-winning broadcast journalism program. Airing from a well-appointed studio on campus, the report covers topics ranging from final exams … 0

Seeking to cut ‘bad handoffs’ in child patient care

Monday, August 11, 2014

With all handoffs, fumbles can happen. When those mishaps occur in a hospital and involve young patients, the consequences can be especially dire. According to new national research lead by a critical care doctor at Akron Children’s Hospital, establishing standardized ways to transfer patient care during shift changes … 0

Healthy note: Eye color may affect pain tolerance

Monday, August 11, 2014

Eye color may affect pain tolerance New research has shown that women with dark brown and hazel eyes respond differently to pain than those with light blue and green eyes. During the 2014 annual meeting of the American … 0

Check it out: New surgeon, choking emergencies, smoking cessation, yoga

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cooley Dickinson HOSPITAL WELCOMES SURGEON General surgeon Eric Stanelle has joined Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Surgical Care and the Cooley Dickinson medical staff. Stanelle earned a doctorate of medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He completed general surgical residency programs at University of California San … 0

Seniors learn “parkour,” sport of daredevil youths

Monday, August 11, 2014

On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges — all elements of a daredevil discipline known as “parkour.” What was unusual about the scene is … 0

CDC head: Ebola crisis on unprecedented scale

Thursday, August 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday. The next few weeks … 0