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Empty streets are seen during a three-day lockdown to prevent the spread on the Ebola virus, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Volunteers going door to door during a three-day lockdown intended to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone say some residents are growing increasingly frustrated and complaining about food shortages.(AP Photo/ Michael Duff)

Sierra Leone concludes Ebola lockdown

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone’s capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said. While most residents welcomed teams of health care workers and volunteers bearing information about the disease, rumors …

Task force in Franklin County continues to address problems of opioid addiction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The area Opioid Task Force met Tuesday for a look at the big picture of addiction in Franklin County and to hear reports from subcommittees on housing, law enforcement and health care. The meeting at Greenfield Community College drew some 100 people, with representatives from the Department of Public Health, local health and legal professionals, recovery advocates and the Greenfield school …

Retired Army Col. John Collins new director of VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Retired Army Col. John P. Collins, former chief of military health care in Europe, is the new director of the VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Collins’ appointment this week. He will begin his new position at the medical center in Leeds on Monday. …

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Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg leaves a resident of Forest Glen Drive after going door-to-door to evacuate about 10 houses on the street which were downwind from a ruptured gas line at 85 Cahillane Terrace Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg leaves a resident of Forest Glen Drive after going door-to-door to evacuate about 10 houses on the street which were downwind from a ruptured gas line at 85 Cahillane Terrace Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Stephen Pripstein, who is the father of Jessica Ann Pripstein, speaks Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse after Ryan D. Welch was found guilty of murdering Jessica. In the background is Lenore Davies, left, a sister, and Lynn Terenowicz, a friend.

    JERREY ROBERTS Stephen Pripstein, who is the father of Jessica Ann Pripstein, speaks Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse after Ryan D. Welch was found guilty of murdering Jessica. In the background is Lenore Davies, left, a sister, and Lynn Terenowicz, a friend. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg, left, and Deputy Chief David Gagne look at a Mercedes SUV that backed into the Lathrop Community meetinghouse at 1 Shallowbrook Drive in Northampton about 4 p.m. Monday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg, left, and Deputy Chief David Gagne look at a Mercedes SUV that backed into the Lathrop Community meetinghouse at 1 Shallowbrook Drive in Northampton about 4 p.m. Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Doctors say Ebola patient progressing

Sunday, September 7, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska doctors treating the man who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia said Sunday that he is making progress, but it’s not yet clear if he will recover. Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, …

CDH pledges to keep inpatient pediatric unit open, renovate emergency department, offer pediatric training to new nurses

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital announced Friday it will keep its inpatient pediatric unit open by offering focused pediatric training for nurses that will allow adequate staffing there. In addition, the hospital announced plans to renovate the emergency …

Ailing Great Dane had taste for socks

Thursday, September 4, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. It was something he ate! X-rays showed a stomach full of “a large quantity …

Mass. doctor infected with Ebola heading to Nebraska for treatment

Thursday, September 4, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — A doctor who was infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is being flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment, doctors there said Thursday. Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha said Dr. Richard …

Third American infected with Ebola is Mass. doctor

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The hospital in Liberia where three American aid workers got sick with Ebola has been overwhelmed by a surge in patients and doesn’t have enough hazard suits and other supplies to keep doctors and nurses …

Doctors group: World losing battle vs. Ebola

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been “reduced to places where people go to die …

Court to host panel discussions on opioid abuse

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts is set to host two panel discussions with policy makers, medical professionals and law enforcement officials to share strategies dealing with the surge in the abuse of opioids in the state. “In Our Own Backyard, a Panel Discussion on …

‘Miracle’ flight survivor: PTSD related to firing

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A survivor of the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight has filed suit against Staples, alleging the office-product giant fired her in part for taking extended leave because of PTSD related to the crash. Denise Lockie of Charlotte, a passenger in seat 2C when the New …

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. …

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 …