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In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014,  a security guard, center left,  working at the University Hospital Fann, speaks to people inside a car, as a  man is  treated for symptoms of the Ebola virus inside the Hospital in Dakar, Senegal. The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)

Senegal Ebola case ‘top priority’ for health group

Monday, September 1, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar. Senegal faces an “urgent need” for support and supplies including hygiene kits and … 0

Experimental Ebola drug heals monkeys in study

Friday, August 29, 2014

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made. The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were infected … 0

Sleep drunkenness may affect more than 1 in 7

Friday, August 29, 2014

Ever heard of “sleep drunkenness”? If you’ve ever tried to reach for your phone when your alarm clock rings or been so disoriented when you wake up that you don’t know where you are, you may have experienced what’s known formally as “confusional arousal.” More than 1 in 7 people in the U.S. may suffer from the condition, according to a study in … 0

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Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station.

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Gabrielle Akanhay, 6, left, and Sarah McGrath, 7, both of Florence, enjoy frog toys they won by throwing darts Friday at the Three-County Fair in Northampton.

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Summer is winding down, but some of the flowers in  Andrew Magee's garden, on Conz Street in Northampton, are still going strong.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Summer is winding down, but some of the flowers in Andrew Magee's garden, on Conz Street in Northampton, are still going strong. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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

Q&A: How Ebola victims are handled in US

Friday, August 1, 2014

With Emory University Hospital in Atlanta planning to receive and treat two U.S. citizens who are sick with Ebola, some Americans have expressed fear that the deadly outbreak — which has killed at least 729 people in West Africa — could spread in the United States. Health officials … 0