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Dr. Edward Goodman,  epidemiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, speaks about the nature and treatment of the Ebola virus during a news conference at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Dallas.  Health officials assured that the recent Ebola case in Dallas is being contained. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DALLAS — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed. The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to …

First Ebola case in US confirmed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DALLAS — A patient at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday. The patient was in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which had announced a day earlier that the person’s symptoms and recent …

Study: Hour of physical activity a day helps kids think better

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here’s another reason to get your kids off the couch and make them run around instead: It will help them think better. In a paper published in Pediatrics, researchers report that kids 7 to 9 years old who attended a daily, after-school fitness program showed an increased ability to pay attention, avoid distraction and switch between tasks at the end of a nine-month …

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine. Purchase photo reprints »

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Smith College trustee Sanford Belden, right, and WGBY general manager Russell Peotter chat during a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Smith College trustee Sanford Belden, right, and WGBY general manager Russell Peotter chat during a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at  Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Former NBA player Chris Herren to speak in Greenfield about his struggle with addiction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Chris Herren made it from the coastal city of Fall River to his home team, the Boston Celtics. His path was paved with stints in rehab as he struggled with escalating abuse of substances ranging from alcohol to cocaine, crystal meth and heroin. From the early …

Large cities seek to combat prescription opioid abuse

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Some of the nation’s largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged their communities and busted local budgets. The heightened rhetoric comes as Chicago tries to recover millions in health care …

CDC study: American midriffs expanding fast

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CHICAGO — The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study. People whose …

US stepping up Ebola aid

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. At home, the goal …

FDA eyes Mass. school’s shock treatments

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CANTON — Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth. Self-injury is one …

Opioid Task Force to meet Tuesday at Greenfield Community College

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — The renamed Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region will hold its first full meeting since spring next week, and its members have not been idle during that time. “We’re kind of turning the next corner on this thing,” said Franklin County …

Ebola survivor gives blood

Thursday, September 11, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American aid worker infected with Ebola has been given blood from a fellow doctor who battled the disease, and Nebraska doctors say the man has responded well to aggressive treatment in the past …

Sedative use linked to Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Older people who have relied on a class of drugs called benzodiazepines to reduce anxiety or induce sleep are at higher risk of going on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, new research finds, with those whose use of the medications is most intensive almost twice as likely to develop …

BRIEFS

Monday, September 8, 2014

Nursing home event HADLEY — The Elaine Center at Hadley will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to showcase its newly renovated facility, improved medical technology and clinical services. The 154-bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing center at 20 North Maple St. is operated by …

UN warns of thousands more Ebola cases

Monday, September 8, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The United States and Britain will send medical equipment and military personnel to help contain West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, as the World Health Organization warned Monday that many thousands of new infections are expected …