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State tops in new Kids Count report

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — Children in Massachusetts are better off than in any other state in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday. Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories, according to the 25th annual Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Yet despite the high overall ranking, the state cannot afford to be complacent, officials said. Even though Bay … 0

Blindsided by aneurysms, patients hail support program

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ten days after signing the lease on Resurrection Fitness, in Carnegie, Pa., Jeff Donato was found lying in a pool of blood. At a local hospital, doctors ordered a rush CT scan and, as they were wheeling him into surgery, they told his wife that he had had a ruptured brain aneurysm. A … 0

Health notes: Broccoli, measuring medicine

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fight air pollution with broccoli If you live in a region with lots of air pollution, you might not always breathe easy. So it might help to sit back, relax and enjoy a helping or two of broccoli. Better yet, have a stiff cup of broccoli-sprout tea. It might not be the advice you expect to protect yourself from pollution. But a study … 0

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Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

  • UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning. photo by J. Anthony Roberts Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Chuck Gijanto departs, leaving legacy as compassionate leader

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — Chuck Gijanto was not looking for a new job in December 2007, but an email about an open position caught his eye. A rural community hospital in western Massachusetts, part of a larger health system, was … 0

Steven Bradley of Pelham named president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — A 14-year Baystate Health veteran in government and community relations will now lead Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Baystate-Northern Region as president. Steven F. Bradley of Pelham will take over as head of the Greenfield … 0

Iowa State researcher charged in large HIV vaccine fraud case

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research. Investigators say … 0

South Hadley Girl Scout earns Gold Award for music project with Alzheimer’s patients at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A personal observation and some online research told Lyndsey Pisano there is a connection between music and memory among Alzheimer’s patients. Initiative and hard work turned that knowledge into a Gold Award Girl Scout project … 2

What tick testing shows in your community

Monday, June 23, 2014

People who submit ticks to the Laboratory of Medical Zoology can choose to have them tested for a variety of bacteria, including the three that cause most tick-borne diseases in the area. They are Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, which causes Anaplasmosis, and Babesia microti, which … 0

UMass ‘tick lab’ tests pests for Lyme, but cautions reading too much into results

Monday, June 23, 2014

The UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology in Fernald Hall gets a lot of mail. In the spring and fall — the busiest times of year — that means about 100 to 200 pieces of mail a day. Most … 1

Health notes:tanning beds, yoga for obesity

Monday, June 23, 2014

Warning on tanning beds for teens The Food and Drug Administration is now trying to prevent Americans from tanning before the age of 18. Late last month, the organization announced a reclassification of sunlamp products such as tanning … 0

Food safety a new frontier for legal pot

Friday, June 20, 2014

AP-US-Rethinking-Pot-Edibles-Safety,665 Food safety a new frontier for legal pot AP Photo COBL306, COBL305, COBL304, COBL303, COBL301, COBL302, COBL309, COBL308, COBL307, COBL310, COBL311, COBL312 (Eds: Links photos. ‘Natriece,’ ‘Jazzmine’ and ‘Bakked’ are correct. With AP Photos.) By KRISTEN WYATT … 0

$1,000-a-pill hep C remedy jolts health system

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Your money or your life? Sovaldi, a new pill for hepatitis C, cures the liver-wasting disease in 9 of 10 patients, but treatment can cost more than $90,000. Leading medical societies recommend the drug as a … 0

Dignity Project: Linda C. Robinson: Deaths of parents 17 years ago instructive to city woman

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When my parents, Harold and Betty Harlow, were in their 60s, they asked their three adult children to sit with them while they discussed their plans for dying. My sister Bonnie is the youngest, my brother … 0