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FILE - This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control shows the smallpox virus. Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health's campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week _ decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box. (AP Photo/CDC, File)

Old smallpox vials unearthed

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box. The six glass vials were intact and sealed, and scientists have yet to establish whether the virus is dead or alive, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Still, the find was disturbing because for decades after smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980, world health authorities said the only known samples left were safely stored in super-secure laboratories in Atlanta and in Russia. Officials said this … 0

MGH to begin screening all patients for substance abuse

Monday, June 30, 2014

BOSTON — Patients at Massachusetts General Hospital will soon be asked questions about their alcohol and illegal drug use, no matter why they’re at the hospital. The program scheduled to start this fall is part of a broader plan to improve addiction treatment at the Boston hospital and its community health centers. Caregivers will ask patients how often they have had six or … 0

Women face gender-specific challenges in fighting addiction and alcoholism

Saturday, June 28, 2014

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” trumpeted a popular book in the 1990s. Author John Gray didn’t sell 50 million copies of his book and spark a pop culture fire by telling us anything most of us hadn’t learned by grade school. Men and women are different. Gray just focused on … 0

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Dan Ehrenfeld, of Florence, shops while holding his daughter, Una, during Tuesday Market, behind Thornes Marketplace. He let Una pick out the sunflower at the Old Friends Farm tent.

    JERREY ROBERTS Una's pick Dan Ehrenfeld, of Florence, shops while holding his daughter, Una, during Tuesday Market, behind Thornes Marketplace. He let Una pick out the sunflower at the Old Friends Farm tent. Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Bak, left, of South Hadley, prepares to tag out Liam Brodigan, of Amherst, at third on a steal during a Mickey Mantle League game Thursday in South Hadley.

    JERREY ROBERTS Brian Bak, left, of South Hadley, prepares to tag out Liam Brodigan, of Amherst, at third on a steal during a Mickey Mantle League game Thursday in South Hadley. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jacob Matakanski, of Northampton, pitches to Westfield during a Little League District 2  11-12-year-old semi-final Wednesday in Westfield.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jacob Matakanski, of Northampton, pitches to Westfield during a Little League District 2 11-12-year-old semi-final Wednesday in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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

Health note: Study says ‘5 a day’ might not be enough fruits and vegetables

Monday, June 2, 2014

Study: ‘5 a day’ might not be enough Not that most people are eating even five servings of fruit and vegetables every day, but it turns out that might not be enough to get the best protection from … 0

Tattoo health risks: Why you should think before you ink

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Thirteen needles are simultaneously zinging in and out of Adam Metzger’s shoulder. The 27-year-old is unruffled. He stares unblinkingly out the storefront window of Taboo Tattoo, a studio in the Bishop Arts District. To his right, Cody Biggs … 0

Franklin County Opioid Task Force tells state public health commissioner its work against abuse a statewide model

Saturday, May 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — Members of the Franklin County Opioid Task Force told the state’s public health commissioner this week that more support would allow the county’s work in fighting opioid abuse to expand and serve as a statewide model. Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett — who met … 0

Briefs

Friday, May 30, 2014

Amherst SUMMER NUTRITION: Families whose school-age children lose access to school nutrition during the summer will have the gap filled with a new program being launched at the Amherst Survival Center. “Kids Summer Boost” is the name of the program in July and August for families with children … 0

Analysis: 30% of world is fat

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LONDON — Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis. Researchers found more than 2 billion … 0

Annual Treehouse Foundation conference on foster care Friday at Holyoke Community College

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Treehouse Foundation will hold its fifth annual Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America conference at Holyoke Community College from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with speakers from around the country. The conference in the Kittredge Center, which is open to the public, will bring together people involved … 0

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