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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, file photo, Hollywood actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Ambassador Angelina Jolie, left, and actor Brad Pitt, right, are escorted by unidentified UNHCR officials towards a helicopter in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, after seeing an earthquake-affected area. Jolie and Pitt were married Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in France, according to a spokesman for the couple. (AP Photo/Roshan Mughal, File)

Experimental Ebola drug heals monkeys in study

Friday, August 29, 2014

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made. The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were infected with the virus and when most were … 0

Sleep drunkenness may affect more than 1 in 7

Friday, August 29, 2014

Ever heard of “sleep drunkenness”? If you’ve ever tried to reach for your phone when your alarm clock rings or been so disoriented when you wake up that you don’t know where you are, you may have experienced what’s known formally as “confusional arousal.” More than 1 in 7 people in the U.S. may suffer from the condition, according to a study in … 0

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 … 0

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Gabrielle Akanhay, 6, left, and Sarah McGrath, 7, both of Florence, enjoy frog toys they won by throwing darts Friday at the Three-County Fair in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Gabrielle Akanhay, 6, left, and Sarah McGrath, 7, both of Florence, enjoy frog toys they won by throwing darts Friday at the Three-County Fair in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA

Summer is winding down, but some of the flowers in  Andrew Magee's garden, on Conz Street in Northampton, are still going strong.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Summer is winding down, but some of the flowers in Andrew Magee's garden, on Conz Street in Northampton, are still going strong. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Dillon Tiner, of Leverett, a student at Harvard University who's home for the summer, was painting the Leverett Congregational Church on Wednesday while Richard Connelly, a retired professor from Providence College, passed some time sitting on the steps.

    CAROL LOLLIS Dillon Tiner, of Leverett, a student at Harvard University who's home for the summer, was painting the Leverett Congregational Church on Wednesday while Richard Connelly, a retired professor from Providence College, passed some time sitting on the steps. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Dignity Project: Deborah Esther Schifter, Couple’s love stands life-ending test of ALS

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In the 1990s, years before my husband, Alan Schiffmann, was diagnosed with ALS, when physician-assisted suicide was regularly in the news, Alan took a strong stance. He would assert that when quality of life is so diminished by … 1

Aid workers receiving experimental Ebola drug

Monday, August 4, 2014

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a long-standing … 0

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