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Social Commentator Alfred Sirleaf,  gives comment on current events in Liberia including the deadly Ebola virus by speaking and writhing them down on a blackboard in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths in W. Africa

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone’s capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. Fears grew as the United States warned against travel to the three infected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — … 0

Contagious Ebola victim’s plane travel spreads new fear

Monday, July 28, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest … 0

Health officials: Food label changes not enough

Monday, July 28, 2014

Health officials: Food label changes not enough Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket. They’d like to see labels … 0

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Bundle of love
James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday.  Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Bundle of love James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday. Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon. 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