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CAROL LOLLIS
Offiicials at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield are still trying to determine why there was a disinfection lapse that left 293 patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and why it took so long for the error to come to light.

Noble Hospital apologizes for communication breakdown in colonoscope disinfection lapse

Friday, February 5, 2016

WESTFIELD — After Noble Hospital staff members corrected a safety breach in April 2013, one or more of them failed to take the important next step — notifying senior hospital officials, according to the results of an internal investigation released Friday by Baystate Health and Baystate Noble Hospital. Baystate officials on Friday apologized for that communication breakdown, which left nearly …

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

Friday, February 5, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present. U.N. officials also …

Baystate Noble officials continue investigating disinfectant lapse that put 293 colonoscopy patients at small risk for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C

Saturday, January 30, 2016

WESTFIELD — In the wake of a disinfection lapse that left 293 patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, Baystate Health officials continue to piece together the puzzle of what went wrong and why it took so long for the error to come to light. The hospital acquired …

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Allison Johndrow,13, puts on the finishing touches to a snow man she and her brother,   Luke,10 Johndrow of Westhampton,built in their yard Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Allison Johndrow,13, puts on the finishing touches to a snow man she and her brother, Luke,10 Johndrow of Westhampton,built in their yard Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Wielding an umbrella for some protection against the wet spring-like snow, Yao Wu makes her way to work at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton on Friday morning during a snowstorm that dropped about 4 inches on the area and caught many residents by surprise.

    KEVIN GUTTING Wielding an umbrella for some protection against the wet spring-like snow, Yao Wu makes her way to work at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton on Friday morning during a snowstorm that dropped about 4 inches on the area and caught many residents by surprise. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Zachary Holmes, 21, center, during a hearing to determine his release from jail Friday at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Zachary Holmes, 21, center, during a hearing to determine his release from jail Friday at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Resolve to try yoga: Here’s some advice

Monday, January 18, 2016

Editor’s note: In this monthly series, reporter Amanda Drane explores different yoga styles. A staggering 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail, and yogis can tell you why. These surface-level resolutions — get a gym membership, lose 10 …

At home, online workout helps one fan plot her fitness course

Monday, January 18, 2016

The best part about working out in the comfort of your own home: you can do it in your underwear. You can even do it naked, for that matter. Just don’t forget to close the blinds. I never do yoga on the screen, and I’m sure it’s always …

Seven-minute apps: The way to go or a waste of time?

Monday, January 18, 2016

The “recommended” apps on Google Playstore and iTunes are jammed with seven-minute workouts right now. We checked out three of the most popular seven-minute apps to see if they’re seven minutes in health heaven or a waste of time. 7-Minute Core Perigee Recommended? for workout newbies This app …

The right space: The home gym doesn’t have to be fancy to draw you in, says movement science professor Diana Schwartz

Monday, January 18, 2016

When the arctic winds blow in for the season, it’s easy to stay indoors. It’s being active that gets more difficult, unless you embrace cold-weather sports. If you’d rather stick to the great indoors and its cushy warmth, …

In brief

Monday, January 18, 2016

It’s mostly about food for shedding pounds One of the misconceptions about active people, especially long-distance runners and cyclists, is that they don’t have to worry about how much they eat. They’ll stay slim and trim automatically. But …

Trying to catch your breath? How to tell there’s trouble

Monday, January 18, 2016

Few sensations are as frightening as not being able to get enough air. Although healthy people occasionally may experience shortness of breath, especially in extreme temperatures, after running up a flight of stairs or when in high altitude, persistent shortness of breath could be a sign of a …

Need a push? Area health clubs have lots to offer

Monday, January 18, 2016

If getting fit is on your mind, the Valley is a good place to be. Not only are there plenty of health clubs, there are plenty of varieties of exercise available at other kinds of fitness centers, from …

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan sponsors conference on schools’ role in substance abuse prevention

Friday, January 15, 2016

HADLEY — “You are the front lines in prevention. You can make a difference in kids’ lives.” That’s the charge Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan gave Friday morning to a packed room of school nurses, guidance councilors and other education professionals at the Hadley Farms Meeting House …

Task force recommends mammograms after 50

Monday, January 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50. It said 40-somethings should make their own choice after weighing the pros and cons. When to start routine mammograms …

Women's Health: Investments not resolutions: Healthy hopes for women in 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

While many of us make New Year’s resolutions, few of us keep them long enough to achieve them. Studies show that one-quarter of resolution-makers fail completely and only about 8 percent succeed. Given this meager success rate, perhaps it’s time to shake things up and rethink the vocabulary …