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Fast flu shots at drive-through clinic for residents of Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately will offer their residents fast flu shots Sunday during a free drive-through clinic in the parking lot of the Yankee Candle headquarters on Yankee Candle Way in Deerfield. This year’s clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the ninth annual, and the fourth to offer the drive-through service. Participants will be able roll up and stick out either arm or their nose …

CDC plans new Ebola protocol; Pentagon to form rapid-response team

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ATLANTA — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear “with no skin showing,” a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute …

Most health experts say travel ban from West Africa bad idea that could prevent aid from reaching affected countries

Saturday, October 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It’s become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is popular with the public. But health experts are nearly unanimous in saying it’s a bad …

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Michael Mauri, a licensed forester hired by the city of Northampton, talks about harvesting dead and dying red pine trees Monday on city water supply property near the corner of Chesterfield and Kennedy Roads.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michael Mauri, a licensed forester hired by the city of Northampton, talks about harvesting dead and dying red pine trees Monday on city water supply property near the corner of Chesterfield and Kennedy Roads. Purchase photo reprints »

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Barbara Love speaks about racism Monday at the Unitarian Society of Amherst.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Barbara Love speaks about racism Monday at the Unitarian Society of Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Jonathan Roberge,17 of Haydenville,  a culinary arts student at Smith Vocational, makes pancakes for a breakfast where legislators will talk about Smith Vocational and it needs in the future.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jonathan Roberge,17 of Haydenville, a culinary arts student at Smith Vocational, makes pancakes for a breakfast where legislators will talk about Smith Vocational and it needs in the future. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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 …

Family who hosted Ebola patient confined to home

Thursday, October 2, 2014

DALLAS — Four members of a family the U.S. Ebola patient was staying with were confined to their Texas home under armed guard Thursday as the circle of people possibly exposed to the virus widened, while Liberian authorities …

CDC looks to enterovirus, paralysis-like symptoms in kids

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Federal health officials are investigating illnesses with paralysis-like symptoms among children in Missouri, Colorado and Virginia that may be related to the outbreak of severe respiratory infections that has swept the nation. Three cases of the neurologic illnesses have been reported by Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, …

Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DALLAS — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital …

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 …

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 …

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 …