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9 out of 10 problem drinkers aren’t alcoholics, study says

Friday, November 21, 2014

You might think that people who throw back five or more drinks in a single outing or who down 15 or more drinks in a week are likely to be alcoholics. But a new study finds that the overwhelming majority of them are not. Only one out of 10 Americans who drank enough to qualify as a binge drinker or an excessive drinker met the clinical definition for alcohol dependence, …

Key players in medical marijuana industry air implications in community forum

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Panelists at a forum on medical marijuana Wednesday discussed the various complexities of using pot medically, from the legality of growing it to finding the right dosage and knowing when it is and isn’t safe to drive. Panelist Bob Gunther of Holyoke, previously of New York City, said he did have …

Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTMINSTER — A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular meeting on Wednesday, a week after rowdy opposition led board members to end a public …

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Members of the First Church prepare to bake apple pies for the Bag Day fundraising event at the First Church in Northampton, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

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Mary Webber, of Southampton, front, and Diane Drohan, of Leeds, back, prepare to open the center for clients to pick the food at the Northampton Survival Center, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Mary Webber, of Southampton, front, and Diane Drohan, of Leeds, back, prepare to open the center for clients to pick the food at the Northampton Survival Center, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Crime scene on North Main street in Northampton Thursday afternoon.

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Health Advice

AIDS lessons: Experience with 'universal precaution' in response to AIDS benefits Ebola preparedness, but practices under scrutiny

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — The AIDS crisis taught the medical profession how to protect health workers from contagion. That experience, and the use of “universal precautions,” now guides the response to Ebola. Protective gowns, gloves, masks and eyewear are now …

Calls for travel ban resisted

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government’s ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said …

2nd Texas nurse tests positive for Ebola

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DALLAS — The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest on an airliner the day before she …

Officials: No Ebola in state

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts authorities offered reassurances on Tuesday that there were no confirmed cases of Ebola in the state, and said the region’s public health system was well-prepared if a case were detected. On Monday, emergency personnel wearing infectious disease protection suits boarded an Emirates flight from Dubai …

UN: Ebola response needs to be stepped up

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LONDON — West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent. WHO …

CDC: We could have done more to prevent transmission of Ebola in US

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas — The nation’s top disease-fighting agency acknowledged Tuesday that federal health experts failed to do all they should have done to prevent Ebola from spreading from a Liberian man who died last week in Texas …

Boston officials air precautions

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — City health officials said Monday that Boston has seen three or four possible cases of Ebola since the latest outbreak began ravaging West Africa, but they stressed that the city has had no confirmed cases. …

Authorities urge hospitals to ‘think Ebola’

Monday, October 13, 2014

DALLAS — Federal health officials on Monday urged the nation’s hospitals to “think Ebola” and launched a review of procedures for treating patients, while medical records showed that an infected Texas nurse repeatedly visited the room of a …

health events

Monday, October 13, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ MISCELLANEOUS CLUTTER — Clutterer’s Anonymous 12-step group. Free. Meets every Friday, 6:30 p.m., at the South Congregational Church, 1066 Southeast St., Amherst. Call Mike at 413-345-5115 or go …

Patient with Liberia link shuts Braintree clinic

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BRAINTREE (ap) — A patient who had been to Liberia and complained of a headache and muscle aches forced a brief shutdown of a Braintree medical center on Sunday, and the patient was sent to a hospital, an …