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FOR RELEASE MONDAY, SEPT. 1, 2014, AT 4 P.M.- FILE - In this April 24, 2014 file photo, a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables are displayed for sale at a market in Washington. A 12-year study released Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, shows a steady improvement in American's eating habits, but food choices remain less than ideal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

US eating habits improve a bit — except among poor

Monday, September 1, 2014

CHICAGO — Americans’ eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found. On an index of healthy eating where a perfect score is 110, U.S. adults averaged just 40 points in 1999-2000, climbing steadily … 0

Ill UK boy’s parents fight extradition from Spain

Monday, September 1, 2014

LONDON — The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their family fled to seek a novel kind of radiation treatment for the 5-year-old boy. A Spanish judge ordered Brett and Naghemeh King held for … 0

Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

Monday, September 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana’s effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, … 0

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Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown.

    JERREY ROBERTS Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown. Purchase photo reprints »

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Universities and Students Services workers help moving incoming freshmen's belongings into Kennedy Hall in University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

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Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station.

    JERREY ROBERTS Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Seniors learn “parkour,” sport of daredevil youths

Monday, August 11, 2014

On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges — all elements of a daredevil discipline known as “parkour.” What was unusual about the scene is … 0

CDC head: Ebola crisis on unprecedented scale

Thursday, August 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday. The next few weeks … 0

Battle to contain Ebola grows urgent

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian authorities rushed to obtain isolation tents Wednesday in anticipation of more Ebola infections as they disclosed five more cases of the virus and a death in Africa’s most populous nation, where officials were racing … 0

Dignity Project invitation

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Northampton — The Daily Hampshire Gazette launched the Dignity Project 2014 on April 8, with an invitation to our readers to submit essays on end-of-life issues in an effort to encourage community conversations about a topic long thought taboo. With today’s installment, we will have published 17 essays … 0

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