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A police car drives past the entrance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.  A patient in the hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

First Ebola case in US confirmed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DALLAS — A patient at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday. The patient was in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which had announced a day earlier that the person’s symptoms and recent travel indicated a possible case of Ebola, …

Study: Hour of physical activity a day helps kids think better

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here’s another reason to get your kids off the couch and make them run around instead: It will help them think better. In a paper published in Pediatrics, researchers report that kids 7 to 9 years old who attended a daily, after-school fitness program showed an increased ability to pay attention, avoid distraction and switch between tasks at the end of a nine-month …

CHART Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton reports no enterovirus D-68 cases

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While at least three hospitals in Massachusetts, including Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, have reported treating children with a viral respiratory illness that has spread throughout the country, Cooley Dickinson Hospital said the virus has not been confirmed in any of its young patients. At Baystate Children’s Hospital, eight patients who …

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine. Purchase photo reprints »

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Smith College trustee Sanford Belden, right, and WGBY general manager Russell Peotter chat during a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Smith College trustee Sanford Belden, right, and WGBY general manager Russell Peotter chat during a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at  Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

CDH pledges to keep inpatient pediatric unit open, renovate emergency department, offer pediatric training to new nurses

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital announced Friday it will keep its inpatient pediatric unit open by offering focused pediatric training for nurses that will allow adequate staffing there. In addition, the hospital announced plans to renovate the emergency …

Ailing Great Dane had taste for socks

Thursday, September 4, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. It was something he ate! X-rays showed a stomach full of “a large quantity …

Mass. doctor infected with Ebola heading to Nebraska for treatment

Thursday, September 4, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — A doctor who was infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is being flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment, doctors there said Thursday. Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha said Dr. Richard …

Third American infected with Ebola is Mass. doctor

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The hospital in Liberia where three American aid workers got sick with Ebola has been overwhelmed by a surge in patients and doesn’t have enough hazard suits and other supplies to keep doctors and nurses …

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 …

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 …

‘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 …

US eating habits improve a bit — except among poor

Monday, September 1, 2014

CHICAGO — Americans’ eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found. …

Ill UK boy’s parents fight extradition from Spain

Monday, September 1, 2014

LONDON — The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their family fled to seek a novel kind of radiation …

Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

Monday, September 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of …