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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 operate independently under a new parent organization, … 0

Judge blocks painkiller ban

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction after the maker of the drug, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban ordered by Gov. Deval Patrick last month is unconstitutional. Zobel said in issuing the injunction that Massachusetts appears to have overstepped its … 0

Forecasters map potential storms

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — Starting this year, national hurricane forecasters will issue maps showing where there’s potential for storm-driven seawater to charge miles inland to flood streets, knock down homes and kill people. The new online map will appear on the center’s website when a watch is announced for a hurricane and for some tropical storms. It is being showcased this week at the … 0

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Holly Ghazey of Northampton helps her grandson, Robby Bates, 3, of Hatfield, wash two dolls at the Sunnyside Child Care Center table of the Brain Building Festival at Jackson Street School in Northampton Saturday. The yearly event is hosted by the Northampton public schools as part of the Week of the Young Child celebrations.

    KEVIN GUTTING Holly Ghazey of Northampton helps her grandson, Robby Bates, 3, of Hatfield, wash two dolls at the Sunnyside Child Care Center table of the Brain Building Festival at Jackson Street School in Northampton Saturday. The yearly event is hosted by the Northampton public schools as part of the Week of the Young Child celebrations. Purchase photo reprints »

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Donovan Riley, right, of Amherst Regional, shoots against Jack Shea, of Northampton, Monday in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Donovan Riley, right, of Amherst Regional, shoots against Jack Shea, of Northampton, Monday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Joy Ohm ,Chiara Ohm, 18 months, Ana-Lucia Ohm, 4

    JASON PICARD Joy Ohm ,Chiara Ohm, 18 months, Ana-Lucia Ohm, 4 Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Glitches still slow sign-ups

Monday, March 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a flood of last-minute sign-ups, hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to apply for health insurance Monday, but deadline day for President Barack Obama’s overhaul brought long, frustrating waits and a new spate of website … 0

State hits health insurance target

Monday, March 31, 2014

BOSTON — Despite a hobbled website, Massachusetts health officials said Monday that they’ve surpassed federal target enrollment numbers ahead of a key deadline for President Obama’s health care law. While activists in other states were rushing to sign up uninsured residents Monday, the scene in Massachusetts was a … 0

Health note: Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol

Monday, March 31, 2014

Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol There’s fresh evidence that a lot of young people could be headed for heart trouble. A large study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or … 0

Check it out: Dementia caregiving, autism conference, free bodywork

Monday, March 31, 2014

DEMENTIA CAREGIVER WORKSHOPS The emotional aspects of providing care to dementia patients is among the topics to be covered in a 10-week series offered by the Dementia Initiative, running April 23 through June 25, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Highland Valley Elder Services, 320 Riverside Drive, Northampton. … 0

Rural residents face higher health costs

Sunday, March 30, 2014

DENVER — Bill Fales wanted a new baler and a better irrigation system for the 700-acre ranch where he raises grass-fed beef cattle, but he scrapped those plans when he saw his new health insurance premiums. His Cold … 1

North Adams Regional Hospital closes, including emergency services

Friday, March 28, 2014

PITTSFIELD — Emergency services at North Adams Regional Hospital will remain closed through the weekend while officials wade through the morass of financial, legal and regulatory issues left in the wake of Friday’s shutdown. Possibly for the first … 0

Governor declares heroin public health emergency; DA welcomes extra resources

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The top prosecutor in Hampshire and Franklin counties hailed Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision Thursday to declare a public health emergency in Massachusetts in response to the state’s growing epidemic of heroin overdoses and opiate addiction. Northwestern … 2

Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Charles Gijanto announces June resignation

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Charles “Chuck” Gijanto, who has led Baystate Franklin Medical Center since 2008, announced Tuesday that he is voluntarily resigning from his post, effective June 28. Gijanto, 56, said he feels comfortable leaving the hospital now, since a two-year contract dispute with the nurses has been settled … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center funds public health nurse’s walk-in clinics

Monday, March 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Judy Ruggles first visited public health nurse Lisa White about 15 months ago, because she could not shake the feeling that something was off with her blood sugar. Her blood sugar was fine, but the 63-year-old … 0

Tumor banking Private firms offer storage in hopes of future cure

Monday, March 24, 2014

With surgery and chemotherapy, Roberta Bash, 67, of Downingtown, Pa., beat advanced-stage ovarian cancer in 2010. Then, it came back. “Cancer can go dormant, and I didn’t know that,” she said. The second time, Bash wanted to explore … 0