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FOR RELEASE MONDAY, SEPT. 1, 2014, AT 4 P.M.- FILE - In this April 24, 2014 file photo, a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables are displayed for sale at a market in Washington. A 12-year study released Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, shows a steady improvement in American's eating habits, but food choices remain less than ideal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

US eating habits improve a bit — except among poor

Monday, September 1, 2014

CHICAGO — Americans’ eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found. On an index of healthy eating where a perfect score is 110, U.S. adults averaged just 40 points in 1999-2000, climbing steadily … 0

Ill UK boy’s parents fight extradition from Spain

Monday, September 1, 2014

LONDON — The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their family fled to seek a novel kind of radiation treatment for the 5-year-old boy. A Spanish judge ordered Brett and Naghemeh King held for … 0

Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

Monday, September 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana’s effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, … 0

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Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown.

    JERREY ROBERTS Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown. Purchase photo reprints »

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Universities and Students Services workers help moving incoming freshmen's belongings into Kennedy Hall in University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

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Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station.

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Health Advice

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 … 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 … 0

Vegan vs. cavemen Cardiologists square off on nutrition

Monday, August 25, 2014

Dr. Kim Williams thought he followed a heart-healthy diet: He avoided red meat and fried foods. He ate his chicken breast without the skin. Then in 2003, the Chicago cardiologist realized his level of LDL, the so-called “bad” … 0

Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths

Friday, August 22, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria — Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa’s largest cities. The … 0

Cost to raise a child rises to more than $245,000

Monday, August 18, 2014

The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born in 2013 to age 18 rose to $245,340, up 1.8 percent from the previous year, according to a government report released Monday. Housing comprised the largest expense … 0

Peek into brain shows how kids learn math skills

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. The … 0

Health note: Better chance for a cure? Cervical cancer study of promising drug

Monday, August 18, 2014

Better chance for a cure? Cervical cancer study of promising drug A national clinical trial is underway with the goal of improving survival rates for cervical cancer patients worldwide. Dr. Charles Kunos, medical director of radiation oncology at … 0

Treating depression

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The biggest danger with depression, said Karin Jeffers, chief executive officer of Clinical & Support Options in Northampton, is when people underestimate the impact it can have on the person suffering. People often “think it’s not their place to get involved,” she said, “when in fact … 1

Lessons of stigmas, stereotypes in Williams’ death

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jamie Masada, the owner of the fabled Los Angeles-based comedy club the Laugh Factory, vividly remembers a warm exchange with comic Richard Jeni of the two sharing words of encouragement and gentle ribbing. “The next day I heard … 1

Check it out: bereavement support, Parkinson’s disease dance program

Monday, August 18, 2014

LGBT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT An eight-week LGBT Bereavement Support Group, for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender adults who have experienced the death of a life partner or spouse, will be held Thursdays from Oct. 2 through Nov. 20. Participants explore reactions to loss, learn about the grieving process and … 0