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Health workers spray the body of a amputee suspected of dying from the Ebola virus with disinfectant, in a busy street in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.  Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers won't be able to access fields, a U.N. food agency warned Tuesday. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,500 people, and authorities have cordoned off entire towns in an effort to halt the virus' spread.  (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Doctors group: World losing battle vs. Ebola

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been “reduced to places where people go to die alone.” In separate remarks after a United Nations meeting on the crisis, the World Health Organization chief said everyone involved had underestimated … 0

Court to host panel discussions on opioid abuse

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts is set to host two panel discussions with policy makers, medical professionals and law enforcement officials to share strategies dealing with the surge in the abuse of opioids in the state. “In Our Own Backyard, a Panel Discussion on the Opiate Epidemic in Massachusetts” is scheduled for Thursday at the John J. Moakley Courthouse … 0

‘Miracle’ flight survivor: PTSD related to firing

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A survivor of the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight has filed suit against Staples, alleging the office-product giant fired her in part for taking extended leave because of PTSD related to the crash. Denise Lockie of Charlotte, a passenger in seat 2C when the New York-to-Charlotte US Airways Flight 1549 crash-landed in the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, says … 0

  • KEVIN GUTTING
The main entrance of the new Anne T. Dunphy School building in Williamsburg leads directly into the cafeteria commons. Here parents of kindergartners gather for coffee and pastries after dropping their children off on the first day of classes Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING The main entrance of the new Anne T. Dunphy School building in Williamsburg leads directly into the cafeteria commons. Here parents of kindergartners gather for coffee and pastries after dropping their children off on the first day of classes Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown.

    JERREY ROBERTS Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Universities and Students Services workers help moving incoming freshmen's belongings into Kennedy Hall in University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Universities and Students Services workers help moving incoming freshmen's belongings into Kennedy Hall in University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Treating depression

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The biggest danger with depression, said Karin Jeffers, chief executive officer of Clinical & Support Options in Northampton, is when people underestimate the impact it can have on the person suffering. People often “think it’s not their place to get involved,” she said, “when in fact … 1

Lessons of stigmas, stereotypes in Williams’ death

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jamie Masada, the owner of the fabled Los Angeles-based comedy club the Laugh Factory, vividly remembers a warm exchange with comic Richard Jeni of the two sharing words of encouragement and gentle ribbing. “The next day I heard … 1

Check it out: bereavement support, Parkinson’s disease dance program

Monday, August 18, 2014

LGBT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT An eight-week LGBT Bereavement Support Group, for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender adults who have experienced the death of a life partner or spouse, will be held Thursdays from Oct. 2 through Nov. 20. Participants explore reactions to loss, learn about the grieving process and … 0

Health events

Monday, August 18, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ VISION, SPEECH AND HEARING STUTTERING — A support group for people dealing with stuttering meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. For information, contact Carla Bernier or Alex Young by email at … 0

Mass. hospitals report more medical errors

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The number of medical errors reported by Massachusetts acute-care hospitals has jumped 70 percent since the state expanded the type of incidents hospitals are required to report. Hospitals reported 753 serious medical errors and other patient injuries last year to the state Public Health Department. … 0

Doctors face dilemma on Ebola drug

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — Doctors treating a Sierra Leone physician with Ebola defended their decision not to give him an experimental drug, saying Wednesday they feared it was too risky. Calling it “an impossible dilemma,” Doctors Without Borders explained … 0

UN says untested Ebola drugs OK to use in outbreak

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MADRID — The World Health Organization declared it’s ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, although the tiny supply of one experimental treatment has been depleted and it could be … 0

Charlotte Meryman: Letting Henry go, After brother’s difficult life, his loving sister finds way to help bring him peace

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — By the time he died last year, at 58, my brother Henry had been bedridden for more than two months. He could move his arms and hands, but only slightly, and he could turn his head … 0

Norma Akamatsu: Husband’s illness sparks a ‘living eulogy’

Monday, August 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON ­— In 1997 my husband, Ron, was diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer, multiple myeloma. He did well enough for over a year with a mix of chemotherapy and high-dose steroids. But in August 1998, his health … 4

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