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California measles outbreak expands to 78 cases; more likely

Friday, January 23, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The measles outbreak centered in California continues to expand, with officials now confirming 78 cases of the illness in seven states and Mexico. The California Department of Public Health said there are now 68 cases in the state — 48 that have been directly linked to being at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure last month. Some people also visited one or both of the parks while …

Heart surgeon killed at Boston hospital is laid to rest

Friday, January 23, 2015

WELLESLEY — The widow of a cardiac surgeon gunned down at a Boston hospital told hundreds at his funeral Friday he was well liked by patients and it was difficult to believe his death came at the hands of a patient’s son. The service for Dr. Michael Davidson was held at Temple Beth Elohim in suburban Wellesley, where he lived with his wife …

Overcoming the odds: Jim Egan of Easthampton has his life back after unlikely kidney transplant

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — James “Jim” Egan III of Loudville Road had been hoping for a kidney transplant since an extremely rare autoimmune disease killed his kidney function over four years ago. But his doctors told him that due to several blood transfusions he had been given years before, the chance of finding a matching …

New antibiotic can kill resistant bugs

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Using soil from a grassy field in Maine and a miniaturized diffusion chamber, scientists have cultivated a microbe that could help tame the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. When tricked into growing in a lab, the microbe makes a compound that kills strains of tuberculosis, MRSA and other deadly …

Boy wins $500 for year without soda

Friday, January 2, 2015

LIVINGSTON, Mont. — As people across the United States struggle to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions, an 11-year-old Montana boy is offering lessons in self-discipline and delayed gratification after winning a $500 prize from his parents for …

Anti-alcohol drug put to test with fake bar

Thursday, January 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — The tequila sure looks real, so do the beer taps. Inside the hospital at the National Institutes of Health, researchers are testing a possible new treatment to help heavy drinkers cut back — using a replica …

Study narrows down genetic suspects in autism

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Researchers have narrowed down the list of genes implicated in autism spectrum disorder, and they appear to point toward a part of the brain that has largely been overlooked. Most research into the genetic roots of autism, a highly heritable disorder that affects about 1 in 68 children, …

Stories that endure: Good fight against tobacco far from over in Valley

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Northampton continued this year to provide leadership in the war on smoking by enacting tougher regulations designed to protect nonsmokers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, and to make it more difficult for young people to obtain tobacco products. In the first revision to the city’s tobacco …

Malaria, not Ebola, remains biggest killer in West Africa

Sunday, December 28, 2014

GUECKEDOU, Guinea — West Africa’s fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus. In Gueckedou, near the village where Ebola …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PARENTING BREAST-FEEDING — The LaLeche League of Northampton meets on the first Friday of the month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Cradle on the third floor of Thornes Marketplace, Northampton. Call 586-5627 or contact Rosemary McNaughton at rosemarylll@mac.com. BREAST-FEEDING — The Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center …

Latex, food allergies go together as the number of products rise

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lisa Batchelder of West Orange, N.J., first noticed it as a young adult. “When I carried a plastic bag on my arm, I got welts on my skin,” she recalled. After a similar reaction to an adhesive bandage, …

Check it out: Health briefs

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Volunteer drivers needed The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is in need of volunteers from Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden county communities to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. Despite the critical nature of the treatment, many patients find making transportation …

December tops the list as the time for baby-making

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

If you’re among the hundreds of thousands of U.S. couples trying to get pregnant this season — and December is the most popular month for baby-making — experts say there are some lifestyle choices that could improve your …