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Health

Sriracha maker considers moving factory amid smell complaints

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES — After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location. Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple cities in California that have offered to host the Sriracha factory. He invited them to tour the facility in Irwindale, … 0

Boston doctors agree to $4.5M settlement

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — Two Massachusetts General Hospital doctors have agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle a malpractice lawsuit brought by the family of a Plymouth woman who died at the hospital. Physicians failed to take measures that might have prevented the death of Geraldine Moran, 62, in 2005, said Benjamin Novotny, a lawyer for her three children. Moran was taken to MGH … 0

Tufts Medical, Lowell General seek merger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LOWELL (ap) — Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Lowell General Hospital have reached a tentative deal on a merger officials say will make both institutions stronger while lowering medical costs. Both are among the last remaining independent hospitals in the state and had been looking for partnership opportunities. Under terms of a tentative agreement announced Monday, each nonprofit hospital would continue to … 0

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KEVIN GUTTING

Ryan Gougeon, left, of Worthington and Jack Rustico of Goshen, both 4, trike around the New Hingham Elementary School gymnasium earlier this month.

    Dynamic duo KEVIN GUTTING Ryan Gougeon, left, of Worthington and Jack Rustico of Goshen, both 4, trike around the New Hingham Elementary School gymnasium earlier this month. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
George Delia, left, a senior in the Stockbridge School of the University of Massachusetts, helps judge the knot-tying abilities of Norfolk County Agricultural High School students, in hard hats from left, Alan Quinn, Jonathan Rice and Vinny Francios (only hands visible) during an arbor skills career development contest held in Look Park on Wednesday. Several state vocational schools from as far away as Cape Cod took part in the one day event hosted by the Forestry department at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

    KEVIN GUTTING George Delia, left, a senior in the Stockbridge School of the University of Massachusetts, helps judge the knot-tying abilities of Norfolk County Agricultural High School students, in hard hats from left, Alan Quinn, Jonathan Rice and Vinny Francios (only hands visible) during an arbor skills career development contest held in Look Park on Wednesday. Several state vocational schools from as far away as Cape Cod took part in the one day event hosted by the Forestry department at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Purchase photo reprints »

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Samuel Rowlett sets his camera up on a tripod and uses a remote trigger to capture shadows as they fall on his giant backpack mounted canvas in Williamsburg on Friday, April 11th.

    JASON PICARD Samuel Rowlett sets his camera up on a tripod and uses a remote trigger to capture shadows as they fall on his giant backpack mounted canvas in Williamsburg on Friday, April 11th.

Health Advice

Judge raps governor on painkiller ban

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state’s first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached. “I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I had a legal footing to do it,” Patrick said … 0

Medicare Advantage means payments won’t be cut next year

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration reversed itself on Monday, announcing that private health plans that provide Medicare benefits will receive a slight increase in government payments next year, rather than the reduction that was proposed earlier. Congressional Democrats, many facing tough re-election campaigns, recently joined Republicans in asking … 0

Allergic asthma sufferers should exercise caution

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring has sprung, and in addition to welcoming the beauty and warmth of the season, many folks welcome — though maybe not with eager anticipation — seasonal allergies. And for some, allergies and asthma go hand in hand. … 0

Health notes

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fall prevention program aims to cut injury risk The Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice will hold fall prevention programs throughout Hampshire and Franklin counties beginning next month. Strength in Numbers is a series of classes meant to help … 0

Check it out: palliative care, stroke forum, heart walk

Monday, April 7, 2014

PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM A presentation on palliative care will be held April 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Great Room at Lathrop Retirement Community in Northampton. Palliative care is a way to help people and their families manage serious illness, such as cancer, liver failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary … 0

Have condoms, will distribute A caped crusader of a different sort

Monday, April 7, 2014

If Freida Downey, aka the Caped Condom Crusader, had a super power, it would be super chatter. Need to learn about using a dental dam during oral sex? She’s happy to tell you. Want tips for proper condom … 0

Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NEW YORK — It’s the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential … 0

N. Adams hospital owner files for bankruptcy; emergency order on ER extended until Tuesday

Friday, April 4, 2014

PITTSFIELD — Northern Berkshire Healthcare Inc., the parent company of North Adams Regional Hospital, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Springfield. But an emergency order has been extended until Tuesday allowing officials to re-establish emergency services at NARH under the direction of Berkshire … 0

Work continues to revive services at former North Adams Regional Hospital as 75 ex-employees rehired

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NORTH ADAMS — Officials working to revive medical services at the former North Adams Regional Hospital announced Tuesday that 75 ex-employees have been rehired for an emergency care center. The announcement followed a day of meetings involving state and local officials and a Berkshire Medical Center leadership team. … 0

Obama trumpets 7 million enrolled under health care law

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — More than 7 million Americans have now enrolled in private coverage on the nation’s health insurance marketplaces, thanks to a wave of late signups that has pushed the latest enrollment tally beyond the original goal set by the Congressional Budget Office. A fiery President Barack Obama … 0