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Experts petition judge to block Mass. hospital takeover

Friday, July 25, 2014

BOSTON — A petition signed by 21 antitrust experts and health economists asks a Massachusetts judge to block efforts by the state’s biggest health care system to absorb three more hospitals. The Partners HealthCare System’s planned takeovers of South Shore Hospital and two Hallmark Health System hospitals have been approved by Attorney General Martha Coakley under certain conditions. The petition signed by antitrust specialists, many from major U.S. universities, says … 0

US HIV cases dropped 33 percent over the last decade

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cases of diagnosed HIV in United States dropped 33 percent over the last decade, declining for nearly all demographic groups except young men who have sex with males ages 13 to 24 years, according to health officials. In a research letter published Tuesday in JAMA, epidemiologists and HIV experts said that newly available data from all U.S. states made it possible to examine … 0

State tops in new Kids Count report

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — Children in Massachusetts are better off than in any other state in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday. Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories, according to the 25th annual Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Yet despite the high overall ranking, the state cannot afford to … 0

  • 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 »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

$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

Check it out: Dementia care, sports screening, Lyme disease forum

Monday, June 16, 2014

DEMENTIA CARE AWARD The New England Health Center in Sunderland has received the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s statewide Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction award. This recognizes the center as a model for dementia care in the community and nationwide. State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, presented … 0

She turned a death sentence into a fulfilling life

Monday, June 16, 2014

Julie Lewis remembers every last detail. The moving box she was carrying, the phone call, the doctor on the line telling her, “You better sit down.” You may have HIV, he told her. A blood transfusion Lewis received … 0

Healthy note: Group offers six recommendations for eating and cancer prevention

Monday, June 16, 2014

Six tips for cancer prevention People don’t have time to wait for conclusive information about nutrition and cancer, says an advocacy group that has issued six dietary recommendations to help prevent cancer. The guidance to emphasize fruits and … 0

Lyme disease topic of community forum Tuesday in Northampton

Friday, June 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After decades of practicing medicine, Dr. Charles Brummer learned that Lyme disease could be called the “great masquerading disease” — it attacks its victims in different ways. It is a common misconception that Lyme disease is noticed only because of its classic symptoms, which include fever, … 0

Study: Teens drink, smoke less, text more

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NEW YORK — American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they’re texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, according to the government’s latest study of worrisome … 0

NE governors to pool resources on opioids

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The six New England governors will convene next week to map out a regional response to the growing problem around opioid drug abuse, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Tuesday. The June 17 meeting at Brandeis University in Waltham will include discussion of how law enforcement … 0