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Social Commentator Alfred Sirleaf,  gives comment on current events in Liberia including the deadly Ebola virus by speaking and writhing them down on a blackboard in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

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 disease. Fears grew as the United States warned against travel to the three infected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — … 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 in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest … 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 necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket. They’d like to see labels … 0

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Bundle of love
James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday.  Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Bundle of love James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday. Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

‘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

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