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State report: Murder down, opiate deaths up

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — A new report by state health officials is showing a drop in violent crime, but continued problems with heroin overdose deaths and childhood asthma and obesity. The study by the Massachusetts Health Council, citing the most recent FBI crime report available, said that the state’s murder rate fell by 34 percent and all violent crime fell by 4.5 percent between 2011 to 2012. The study also confirmed the …

NY, NJ order quarantine for doctors, others

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NEW YORK — Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with victims of the deadly disease in West Africa. The first person …

Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BETHESDA, Md. — A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms. Nina Pham got a hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House. And outside the hospital where …

health events

Monday, October 13, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ MISCELLANEOUS CLUTTER — Clutterer’s Anonymous 12-step group. Free. Meets every Friday, 6:30 p.m., at the South Congregational Church, 1066 Southeast St., Amherst. Call Mike at 413-345-5115 or go …

Patient with Liberia link shuts Braintree clinic

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BRAINTREE (ap) — A patient who had been to Liberia and complained of a headache and muscle aches forced a brief shutdown of a Braintree medical center on Sunday, and the patient was sent to a hospital, an …

Ebola case contracted within US: Dallas health worker tests positive for virus

Sunday, October 12, 2014

DALLAS — A “breach of protocol” at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health care worker with the deadly virus, and other caregivers could potentially …

Records suggest Texas hospital ignored patient’s signs of Ebola

Friday, October 10, 2014

DALLAS — Thomas Eric Duncan’s temperature spiked to 103 degrees during the hours of his initial visit to an emergency room — a fever that was flagged with an exclamation point in the hospital’s record-keeping system, his medical …

More Ebola screening to begin at five US airports

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — The government will begin taking the temperatures of travelers from West Africa arriving at five U.S. airports as part of a stepped-up response to the Ebola epidemic. President Barack Obama said the new efforts would provide …

New concern worldwide as nurse in Spain gets Ebola

Monday, October 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — Raising fresh concern around the world, a nurse in Spain on Monday became the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. In the U.S., President Barack Obama said the government …

Three win medicine Nobel for discovering how brain navigates

Monday, October 6, 2014

STOCKHOLM — A U.S.-British scientist who grew up in the South Bronx and a husband-and-wife research team from Norway won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for discovering the brain’s navigation system — the inner GPS that helps …

Most popular painkillers will be harder to get

Sunday, October 5, 2014

ST. LOUIS — It’s going to be more difficult to refill prescriptions for the most popular painkillers starting Monday, when new federal rules move products with hydrocodone into a stricter drug class reserved for the most dangerous and addictive substances. In approving the change, the Drug Enforcement Administration …

Doctor cleared of Ebola virus feeling better

Sunday, October 5, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — A doctor admitted to a Massachusetts hospital this weekend for an apparent respiratory infection after surviving the Ebola virus was in stable condition and feeling better Sunday, but still has a fever and cough, hospital …

Cooley Dickinson, Baystate Medical Center prepare for patients who could be infected with Ebola

Friday, October 3, 2014

Area hospitals are taking steps to prepare for handling any patients who could be infected with Ebola. At Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, staff has been planning for how to deal with both Ebola and the Middle East …