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Health

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

Task force issues opioid recommendations

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Expanding state-funded residential treatment programs for underserved populations and “geographically underserved” areas are among the recommendations a state task force on opioid drug addiction has presented to the governor. “The first line of, kind of defense on this is getting people to detox, and from there … 0

Study: Price tag of autism in the US exceeds $236 billion per year

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Good health is priceless, but autism spectrum disorders can be very expensive. A new study estimates that the lifetime cost of being diagnosed with autism in the United States is somewhere between $1.43 million and $2.44 million. Either of those totals is enough to give most people sticker … 0

Judge to rule on state’s pain pill restrictions

Monday, June 9, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge on Tuesday will consider whether Massachusetts’ latest attempt to restrict a powerful new painkiller violates the U.S. Constitution. Zogenix, the San Diego-based manufacturer of Zohydro, is asking the court to temporarily halt enforcement of the restrictions until the case is decided on its … 0

Integrative medicine Alternative methods goes mainstream

Monday, June 9, 2014

Kim Ricci is lying on her back on a table with hair-thin needles stuck in the hollows of her ears, five on each side. Several more puncture her wrists. Ricci, 50, says she was surprised when her doctor … 0

Check it out: Lyme disease, acupuncture, back health

Monday, June 9, 2014

WHAT TO DO ABOUT LYME DISEASE “Tick Talk: What You Can Do About Lyme Disease,” a community forum exploring the prevalence of Lyme disease, as well as prevention and treatment, will be held June 17, 6 to 8 p.m. at JFK Middle School in Northampton. Lyme disease is … 0

DEA warns doctors off ties to pot dispensaries

Friday, June 6, 2014

BOSTON — Some Massachusetts doctors with business interests in medical marijuana dispensaries say they have been told by federal drug agents to sever all ties to marijuana companies or relinquish federal licenses to prescribe certain medications. The choice is necessary, they were told, because while Massachusetts like many … 0

Texas GOP advances ‘reparative therapy’ for gays

Friday, June 6, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called “reparative therapy” … 0

Camels transmitted MERS to humans, but virus probably came from bats

Thursday, June 5, 2014

One of the earliest known victims of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus - a retired Saudi military man who owned a herd of camels outside of Jeddah - almost certainly was infected when he applied a topical medication to the runny nose of one of his sick … 0

Application discrepancies vex health law

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

WASHINGTON — A huge new paperwork headache for the government could also be jeopardizing coverage for some of the millions of people who just got health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law. A government document provided to The … 0

The Dignity Project 2014: An unexpected death prompts reflections on mortality

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The first four months in 2014 have been quite a ride. The notions of death and dying have come to occupy premier acreage in my brain. My brother’s unexpected death in early February, after a stroke in late … 1