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Health

Delahunt sues state over pot denial

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts congressman whose bid to open three medical marijuana dispensaries was rejected by state regulators has filed a lawsuit. Former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt is asking a court to force the state Public Health Department to give him licenses to run dispensaries in Dennis, Masphee and Taunton. The Boston Globe reports that in a lawsuit filed this week in Suffolk Superior Court, Delahunt’s company, Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts, said regulators broke their own rules and reacted unreasonably to negative publicity when they reversed themselves and rejected the company’s bid to run dispensaries after initially granting approval in January. Delahunt’s lawsuit is among at least a half-dozen suits filed by rejected … 0

Health note: Flex your kids’ brain with exercise

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Flex your kids’ brain with exercise A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience strongly suggests that kids who are more active and physically fit do better in school. According to the study, “Aerobic fitness plays an important role in the brain health of children, especially in terms of brain structure and brain function. These fitness-related differences in brain health … 0

Devices slice time, distance for patients via ‘telemedicine’

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Concerned about a growth on his face, Mt. Lebanon, Pa., resident, Robert Johnston could have made an appointment with the dermatologist already treating him for other reasons. Instead, he snapped photos of himself and the affected area, uploaded them to the doctor’s website and waited. “I got feedback from him the same day. It was probably within three, four hours,” Johnston, 52, who … 0

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Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School.

    JERREY ROBERTS Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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

Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths in W. Africa

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone’s capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the … 0

Contagious Ebola victim’s plane travel spreads new fear

Monday, July 28, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived … 0

Health officials: Food label changes not enough

Monday, July 28, 2014

Health officials: Food label changes not enough Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is … 0