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Report: US child poverty at 20-year peak

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. As the U.S. emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression, 25 percent of children don’t have enough food to eat and 7 million kids still don’t have health insurance, …

Fast flu shots at drive-through clinic for residents of Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately will offer their residents fast flu shots Sunday during a free drive-through clinic in the parking lot of the Yankee Candle headquarters on Yankee Candle Way in Deerfield. This year’s clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the ninth annual, and the fourth to offer the drive-through service. Participants will be able roll up and …

CDC plans new Ebola protocol; Pentagon to form rapid-response team

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ATLANTA — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear “with no skin showing,” a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute …

CHART Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton reports no enterovirus D-68 cases

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While at least three hospitals in Massachusetts, including Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, have reported treating children with a viral respiratory illness that has spread throughout the country, Cooley Dickinson Hospital said the virus has not …

Nurses sue over vaccine mandate

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The nurses’ union at one of Boston’s major teaching hospitals has sued to block a policy that would require nurses to get flu shots. The Massachusetts Nurses Association’s lawsuit against Brigham and Women’s Hospital filed this week in Suffolk Superior Court comes as state public …

Ebola patient released

Thursday, September 25, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — After three weeks in isolation, an American doctor who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa says he’s grateful for the specialized care that allowed him to recover and remains concerned about the people he …

As the end neared for Lee Hawkins, loved ones rallied to provide comfort and companionship

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Early in August, Becky Hawkins hung a dry-erase board on a wall in her mother’s home and their days started to take shape around it. Becky, her sister Sue or brother Jerry would jot down plans for the …

After decision made, time for Lee Hawkins’ slow goodbye to friends, family

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lee Hawkins never had a bucket list. She felt she’d been living life the way she wanted. But in the weeks before she would undertake her plan to bring about her death by not taking in food or …

Decision by Lee Hawkins to stop eating and drinking prompts new policy at VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In June, Eleanor “Lee” Hawkins and her family approached Dr. Jeffrey Zesiger, with the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, to talk about the end of her life. She was 90, frail, and though she loved life, she felt it was time to think about her …

CDC, UN release disease forecasts

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In addition to being the largest Ebola outbreak in the world’s history, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that this is the first Ebola epidemic to affect multiple countries and the first in West Africa. Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States …

Sierra Leone concludes Ebola lockdown

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone’s capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the …

Task force in Franklin County continues to address problems of opioid addiction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The area Opioid Task Force met Tuesday for a look at the big picture of addiction in Franklin County and to hear reports from subcommittees on housing, law enforcement and health care. The meeting at Greenfield Community College drew some 100 people, with representatives from the …

Retired Army Col. John Collins new director of VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Retired Army Col. John P. Collins, former chief of military health care in Europe, is the new director of the VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Collins’ appointment this …