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A Liberian policeman warns residents of the  West Point area to be calm,  as they wait for a second consignment of food from the Liberian Government to be handed out, at the West Point area, near the central city area of Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.(AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

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 outbreak also continues to spread elsewhere in West Africa, with 142 more cases recorded, bringing the new total to 2,615 with 1,427 … 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 at 30 percent, followed by child care and education (18 percent), food (16 percent), and … 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 take-home advice: drilling your kids on simple addition and multiplication may pay off. “Experience really … 0

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Catia Correia, the class of 2014 graduate from Amherst Regional High School, speaks during the WHMP's community forum "Ready, Writing & Racism" at Town Commons in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Catia Correia, the class of 2014 graduate from Amherst Regional High School, speaks during the WHMP's community forum "Ready, Writing & Racism" at Town Commons in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Dr. Marty Nathan, second from right, cheers after Mayor David Narkewicz agreed to implement immigration reform during a meeting Thursday at The First Churches. Nathan also spoke during the meeting. Bliss Requa-Tratz, left, who is an organizer for Just Communities, asked the mayor for his support at the meeting. Also shown are Jaime Pizha, second from left, a church leader at Iglesia Quechua Bautista Nueva Vida, and Sharon Moulton, who also spoke.

    JERREY ROBERTS Dr. Marty Nathan, second from right, cheers after Mayor David Narkewicz agreed to implement immigration reform during a meeting Thursday at The First Churches. Nathan also spoke during the meeting. Bliss Requa-Tratz, left, who is an organizer for Just Communities, asked the mayor for his support at the meeting. Also shown are Jaime Pizha, second from left, a church leader at Iglesia Quechua Bautista Nueva Vida, and Sharon Moulton, who also spoke. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Student filmmakers find themselves in the vaccine/autism fray

Monday, August 11, 2014

Every school day, students at Carlsbad High tune in their classroom televisions to a news show produced by its award-winning broadcast journalism program. Airing from a well-appointed studio on campus, the report covers topics ranging from final exams … 0

Seeking to cut ‘bad handoffs’ in child patient care

Monday, August 11, 2014

With all handoffs, fumbles can happen. When those mishaps occur in a hospital and involve young patients, the consequences can be especially dire. According to new national research lead by a critical care doctor at Akron Children’s Hospital, establishing standardized ways to transfer patient care during shift changes … 0

Healthy note: Eye color may affect pain tolerance

Monday, August 11, 2014

Eye color may affect pain tolerance New research has shown that women with dark brown and hazel eyes respond differently to pain than those with light blue and green eyes. During the 2014 annual meeting of the American … 0

Check it out: New surgeon, choking emergencies, smoking cessation, yoga

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cooley Dickinson HOSPITAL WELCOMES SURGEON General surgeon Eric Stanelle has joined Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Surgical Care and the Cooley Dickinson medical staff. Stanelle earned a doctorate of medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He completed general surgical residency programs at University of California San … 0

Seniors learn “parkour,” sport of daredevil youths

Monday, August 11, 2014

On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges — all elements of a daredevil discipline known as “parkour.” What was unusual about the scene is … 0

CDC head: Ebola crisis on unprecedented scale

Thursday, August 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday. The next few weeks … 0

Battle to contain Ebola grows urgent

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian authorities rushed to obtain isolation tents Wednesday in anticipation of more Ebola infections as they disclosed five more cases of the virus and a death in Africa’s most populous nation, where officials were racing … 0

Dignity Project invitation

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Northampton — The Daily Hampshire Gazette launched the Dignity Project 2014 on April 8, with an invitation to our readers to submit essays on end-of-life issues in an effort to encourage community conversations about a topic long thought taboo. With today’s installment, we will have published 17 essays … 0

Dignity Project: Deborah Esther Schifter, Couple’s love stands life-ending test of ALS

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In the 1990s, years before my husband, Alan Schiffmann, was diagnosed with ALS, when physician-assisted suicide was regularly in the news, Alan took a strong stance. He would assert that when quality of life is so diminished by … 1

Aid workers receiving experimental Ebola drug

Monday, August 4, 2014

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a long-standing … 0