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Joann Sullivan hugs her son Bryant Sullivan, 23, at their home in Barrington, Ill.
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After mother’s need, son donates stem cells for another woman’s cause

Monday, August 25, 2014

When Bryant Sullivan got an email last year letting him know he was a potential stem cell match for a woman in need of a transplant, agreeing to blood tests and potentially more intrusive operations to become a donor was an easy choice, he said. “It was basically like a no-brainer for me,” said Sullivan, 23, of suburban Barrington. “I … 0

Health notes: bereavement, eggs, teen sleep schedule

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bereavement workshop for caregivers “Good Mourning,” a new 10-week ebreavement workshop for professional and family caregivers, presented by The Dementia Initiative, begins Sept. 17, 4 to 6 p.m., at Highland Valley Elder Services, 320 Riverside Drive, Florence. To register and to get more information contact dementia-initiative@comcast.net. The free workshop includes facilitated discussions and … 0

Hospice offers video service to keep memories alive

Monday, August 25, 2014

Faith Broadnax yanked out her breathing tube. If the “skinny white woman” with the camera - as the headstrong 80-year-old referred to hospice volunteer Maria McKenna - insisted on shooting video of her singing a hymn, she wasn’t going to be seen praising Jesus with a plastic hose up her nose. “This is … 0

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Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater.

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Northampton downtown property owner Alan Scheinman listens to questioning by Northampton Business Improvement District lawyer Harry Miles in Superior Court 1 in Northampton on Monday during a civil suit against the Northampton BID brought by Scheinman and fellow downtown business owner Eric Suher.

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Health Advice

Battle to contain Ebola grows urgent

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian authorities rushed to obtain isolation tents Wednesday in anticipation of more Ebola infections as they disclosed five more cases of the virus and a death in Africa’s most populous nation, where officials were racing … 0

Dignity Project invitation

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Northampton — The Daily Hampshire Gazette launched the Dignity Project 2014 on April 8, with an invitation to our readers to submit essays on end-of-life issues in an effort to encourage community conversations about a topic long thought taboo. With today’s installment, we will have published 17 essays … 0

Dignity Project: Deborah Esther Schifter, Couple’s love stands life-ending test of ALS

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In the 1990s, years before my husband, Alan Schiffmann, was diagnosed with ALS, when physician-assisted suicide was regularly in the news, Alan took a strong stance. He would assert that when quality of life is so diminished by … 1

Aid workers receiving experimental Ebola drug

Monday, August 4, 2014

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a long-standing … 0

Muscle cramps can be debilitating

Monday, August 4, 2014

The cramping began in Maggie Barton’s toes during a tennis playoff match six summers ago. It swept up her body like a torrent, overtaking her calves and her entire body, leaving in its wake excruciating pain and an … 0

Health notes: Hazards of nightly sleep-wake-repeat pattern, benefits of coffee

Monday, August 4, 2014

Night waking creates exhaustion Sometimes science quantifies something many of us know to be true. So listen up, new parents: Waking up repeatedly to care for a little one isn’t good for your moods and your ability to … 0

Sex education should start sooner, study finds

Monday, August 4, 2014

To significantly decrease unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, maternal deaths and sexually transmitted diseases globally, we should start talking to boys and girls about their sexual and reproductive health as young as age 10, says a new study out … 0

Are our chairs killing us? Get up and get moving, scientist urges

Monday, August 4, 2014

There’s a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It’s a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. … 0

Atlanta hospital deemed one of safest for Ebola care

Sunday, August 3, 2014

ATLANTA — The Ebola virus has killed more than 700 people in Africa and could have catastrophic consequences if allowed to spread, world health officials say. So why would anyone allow infected Americans to come to Atlanta? The … 0

2 Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment

Friday, August 1, 2014

NEW YORK — Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said Friday. One is … 0