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Sriracha maker considers moving factory amid smell complaints

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES — After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location. Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple cities in California that have offered to host the Sriracha factory. He invited them to tour the facility in Irwindale, … 0

Boston doctors agree to $4.5M settlement

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — Two Massachusetts General Hospital doctors have agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle a malpractice lawsuit brought by the family of a Plymouth woman who died at the hospital. Physicians failed to take measures that might have prevented the death of Geraldine Moran, 62, in 2005, said Benjamin Novotny, a lawyer for her three children. Moran was taken to MGH … 0

Tufts Medical, Lowell General seek merger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LOWELL (ap) — Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Lowell General Hospital have reached a tentative deal on a merger officials say will make both institutions stronger while lowering medical costs. Both are among the last remaining independent hospitals in the state and had been looking for partnership opportunities. Under terms of a tentative agreement announced Monday, each nonprofit hospital would continue to … 0

  • Dynamic duo

KEVIN GUTTING

Ryan Gougeon, left, of Worthington and Jack Rustico of Goshen, both 4, trike around the New Hingham Elementary School gymnasium earlier this month.

    Dynamic duo KEVIN GUTTING Ryan Gougeon, left, of Worthington and Jack Rustico of Goshen, both 4, trike around the New Hingham Elementary School gymnasium earlier this month. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
George Delia, left, a senior in the Stockbridge School of the University of Massachusetts, helps judge the knot-tying abilities of Norfolk County Agricultural High School students, in hard hats from left, Alan Quinn, Jonathan Rice and Vinny Francios (only hands visible) during an arbor skills career development contest held in Look Park on Wednesday. Several state vocational schools from as far away as Cape Cod took part in the one day event hosted by the Forestry department at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

    KEVIN GUTTING George Delia, left, a senior in the Stockbridge School of the University of Massachusetts, helps judge the knot-tying abilities of Norfolk County Agricultural High School students, in hard hats from left, Alan Quinn, Jonathan Rice and Vinny Francios (only hands visible) during an arbor skills career development contest held in Look Park on Wednesday. Several state vocational schools from as far away as Cape Cod took part in the one day event hosted by the Forestry department at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Purchase photo reprints »

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Samuel Rowlett sets his camera up on a tripod and uses a remote trigger to capture shadows as they fall on his giant backpack mounted canvas in Williamsburg on Friday, April 11th.

    JASON PICARD Samuel Rowlett sets his camera up on a tripod and uses a remote trigger to capture shadows as they fall on his giant backpack mounted canvas in Williamsburg on Friday, April 11th.

Health Advice

Baystate Franklin Medical Center funds public health nurse’s walk-in clinics

Monday, March 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Judy Ruggles first visited public health nurse Lisa White about 15 months ago, because she could not shake the feeling that something was off with her blood sugar. Her blood sugar was fine, but the 63-year-old … 0

Tumor banking Private firms offer storage in hopes of future cure

Monday, March 24, 2014

With surgery and chemotherapy, Roberta Bash, 67, of Downingtown, Pa., beat advanced-stage ovarian cancer in 2010. Then, it came back. “Cancer can go dormant, and I didn’t know that,” she said. The second time, Bash wanted to explore … 0

Mailing poop: An alternative to the colonoscopy proving reliable

Monday, March 24, 2014

A new test that requires people to send stool samples in the mail for laboratory analysis is proving nearly as reliable as a colonoscopy in identifying potentially fatal colon cancers. The DNA screening test, invented at the Mayo … 0

CHECK IT OUT:

Monday, March 24, 2014

NUTRITIONIST LAUNCHES ONLINE PROGRAM Craig Fear, a certified nutritional therapist, will offer an eight-week online nutrition program, “Fearless Digestion: Heal Your Gut. Transform Your Life!” beginning April 23 at 8 p.m. Fear will discuss the underlying causes of digestive disorders such as heartburn, gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), … 0

Check it out: Local health events

Monday, March 17, 2014

MENTAL HEALTH AND DISCRIMINATION A question-and-answer session on employment discrimination and mental illness will be held March 24, 7 to 9 p.m., at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Northampton attorney James B. Winston will lead this free program. For more information contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western … 0

The Fatherhood Journey: Listening with heart, good for father’s ears and mouth

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sometimes my ears get tired. It happens before my first sip of morning tea, when my 7 and 4 year-olds, Zoe and Adam, are exuberant about the new day, feuding over first-rights to the breakfast cereal, or both. … 0

Health events

Monday, March 17, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING ADOPTION — The Easthampton Area Parent Support Group, a parent-run group for foster and adoptive parents, kin and guardians, meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the library at the Treehouse Community … 0

Parents eager, but doctors say wait for clinical trials

Monday, March 17, 2014

Nicole Gross was so desperate to find relief for her son’s near-constant, debilitating seizures that she moved him from Naperville, Ill., to Colorado so he could receive medical marijuana. Weeks after Chase Gross, 8, started taking a marijuana … 0

Small study says raw milk no help for lactose intolerance

Monday, March 17, 2014

A pilot study failed to show that drinking raw milk reduces the symptoms of lactose intolerance or malabsorption. The condition is common worldwide, and can lead to bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Coping strategies include not drinking milk, … 0

In Senate, FDA chief takes fire over new painkiller

Thursday, March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debate over a powerful new painkiller ratcheted up Thursday as the head of the Food and Drug Administration defended the drug’s approval and a West Virginia Senator responded with a bill to force it off the market. FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told Senate lawmakers … 0