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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 on the front of packages and a … 0

For 50 years, this book has been the bible for hospital pediatrics

Monday, July 28, 2014

In the early 1950s, six pediatric residents at Johns Hopkins Hospital sat down at a table and jotted down notes they thought would help as they began treating patients. They made copies and put them in loose-leaf notebooks. Every few years, other residents would add information about tests, results, diagnoses and drugs for … 0

ALS: frustration, hope 75 years after Gehrig’s speech, few medical breakthroughs

Monday, July 28, 2014

It has been 75 years since baseball icon Lou Gehrig declared himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth,” despite a diagnosis at age 35 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease with no cure. In the years since, polio has been virtually eradicated. Chemotherapy has made numerous cancers into curable illnesses. … 0

  • CAROL LOLLIS
From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses.

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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

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$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

‘Bionic pancreas’ for diabetics shows promise

Monday, June 16, 2014

Scientists have made big progress on a “bionic pancreas” to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed, doctors said Sunday. … 0

Caring for a baby changes a man’s brain, study shows

Monday, June 16, 2014

Parenting a small child requires the forethought of a crisis planner, the reflexes of a professional goalkeeper, the energy of a cheerleader and the empathy of a therapist. After eons of practice at such caregiving, it’s clear that … 0