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CAROL LOLLIS
Offiicials at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield are still trying to determine why there was a disinfection lapse that left 293 patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and why it took so long for the error to come to light.

Noble Hospital apologizes for communication breakdown in colonoscope disinfection lapse

Friday, February 5, 2016

WESTFIELD — After Noble Hospital staff members corrected a safety breach in April 2013, one or more of them failed to take the important next step — notifying senior hospital officials, according to the results of an internal investigation released Friday by Baystate Health and Baystate Noble Hospital. Baystate officials on Friday apologized for that communication breakdown, which left nearly …

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

Friday, February 5, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present. U.N. officials also …

Baystate Noble officials continue investigating disinfectant lapse that put 293 colonoscopy patients at small risk for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C

Saturday, January 30, 2016

WESTFIELD — In the wake of a disinfection lapse that left 293 patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, Baystate Health officials continue to piece together the puzzle of what went wrong and why it took so long for the error to come to light. The hospital acquired …

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Allison Johndrow,13, puts on the finishing touches to a snow man she and her brother,   Luke,10 Johndrow of Westhampton,built in their yard Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Allison Johndrow,13, puts on the finishing touches to a snow man she and her brother, Luke,10 Johndrow of Westhampton,built in their yard Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Wielding an umbrella for some protection against the wet spring-like snow, Yao Wu makes her way to work at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton on Friday morning during a snowstorm that dropped about 4 inches on the area and caught many residents by surprise.

    KEVIN GUTTING Wielding an umbrella for some protection against the wet spring-like snow, Yao Wu makes her way to work at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton on Friday morning during a snowstorm that dropped about 4 inches on the area and caught many residents by surprise. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Zachary Holmes, 21, center, during a hearing to determine his release from jail Friday at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Zachary Holmes, 21, center, during a hearing to determine his release from jail Friday at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Insurer apologizes for waking up seniors

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

QUINCY — A health insurer is apologizing after sending automated phone calls to as many as 10,000 senior citizens in the wee hours of the morning. Tufts Health Plan accidentally sent the robocall between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Tuesday to remind patients to get their flu shots. …

Holidays tough on recovering addicts

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BOSTON — The holidays can be a tough time for addicts in their first year of recovery. Kylee Moriarty’s family should know. When the Massachusetts native resolved to kick her heroin addiction this summer, her relatives held out …

When an accident took Maggie Baumer of Northampton's arm she rebuilt her life to help others

Friday, December 25, 2015

Maggie Baumer doesn’t want to sugarcoat it — it was hell losing her arm in a trash compactor. But in a strange way, the loss set her on a path toward a better life. Many people strive for …

For family of special-needs children, a team of helpers

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — It takes a strict routine and a lot of help to raise a family of special-needs children. Few know this better than Eric and Dennis Volz-Benoit, who have five. Typical days involve feeding tubes, breathing treatments, …

For parents of heroin addicts, ‘what-ifs’ can persist

Monday, December 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Fred Hayden still wonders if closing the door on his daughter one night in 2007 helped put her on the path to heroin addiction. Crystal Hayden’s descent started with a new job at a restaurant …

Community acupuncture: Treatments done in small groups keeps cost down

Monday, December 21, 2015

On Tuesday evenings at the Wellness House, a complementary care practice in Northampton, women with a variety of health problems are finding relief through acupuncture treatments done in a group setting to keep the cost down. “The clinic …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, December 21, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. CDH lauded for breastfeeding support The Mass Department of Public Health awarded Cooley Dickinson’s Childbirth Center its 2015 Breastfeeding Achievement Award in recognition of the center’s commitment to lactation support. For employee Jessica Hebert, who returned from maternity leave …

Yoga sampler: Bikram: Not too hot to handle

Monday, December 21, 2015

Editor’s note: In this monthly series, reporter Amanda Drane tries out different yoga styles. While in the throes of summer’s dog days, it’s difficult to imagine willingly exposing oneself to a 105-degree room with 40 percent humidity. But …

Health Events: Area support groups and health resources

Monday, December 21, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING CANCER — The Holyoke Medical Center Oncology Department holds an ongoing cancer support group on the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The group meets in the Fran Como Conference Room, located …

FDA proposes ban on indoor tanning for minors

Friday, December 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — Anyone under the age of 18 would be barred from using indoor tanning equipment, under a federal proposal to help reduce skin cancer linked to the devices. The Food and Drug Administration also wants to require …