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In this photo taken on Sunday, July 27, 2014,  Medical personnel inside a clinic taking care of Ebola patients in the Kenema District on the outskirts of Kenema, Sierra Leone.  Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has closed some border crossings and ordered strict quarantines of communities affected by the Ebola outbreak. The announcement late Sunday came a day after Sirleaf formed a new taskforce charged with containing the disease, which has killed 129 people in the country and more than 670 across the region.(AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)

Contagious Ebola victim’s plane travel spreads new fear

Monday, July 28, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man. Now health workers … 0

Health officials: Food label changes not enough

Monday, July 28, 2014

Health officials: Food label changes not enough Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket. They’d like to see labels … 0

For 50 years, this book has been the bible for hospital pediatrics

Monday, July 28, 2014

In the early 1950s, six pediatric residents at Johns Hopkins Hospital sat down at a table and jotted down notes they thought would help as they began treating patients. They made copies and put them in loose-leaf notebooks. Every few years, other residents would add information about tests, results, diagnoses and drugs for … 0

  • CAROL LOLLIS
From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses.

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Caring for a baby changes a man’s brain, study shows

Monday, June 16, 2014

Parenting a small child requires the forethought of a crisis planner, the reflexes of a professional goalkeeper, the energy of a cheerleader and the empathy of a therapist. After eons of practice at such caregiving, it’s clear that … 0

Check it out: Dementia care, sports screening, Lyme disease forum

Monday, June 16, 2014

DEMENTIA CARE AWARD The New England Health Center in Sunderland has received the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s statewide Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction award. This recognizes the center as a model for dementia care in the community and nationwide. State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, presented … 0

She turned a death sentence into a fulfilling life

Monday, June 16, 2014

Julie Lewis remembers every last detail. The moving box she was carrying, the phone call, the doctor on the line telling her, “You better sit down.” You may have HIV, he told her. A blood transfusion Lewis received … 0

Healthy note: Group offers six recommendations for eating and cancer prevention

Monday, June 16, 2014

Six tips for cancer prevention People don’t have time to wait for conclusive information about nutrition and cancer, says an advocacy group that has issued six dietary recommendations to help prevent cancer. The guidance to emphasize fruits and … 0

Lyme disease topic of community forum Tuesday in Northampton

Friday, June 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After decades of practicing medicine, Dr. Charles Brummer learned that Lyme disease could be called the “great masquerading disease” — it attacks its victims in different ways. It is a common misconception that Lyme disease is noticed only because of its classic symptoms, which include fever, … 0

Study: Teens drink, smoke less, text more

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NEW YORK — American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they’re texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, according to the government’s latest study of worrisome … 0

NE governors to pool resources on opioids

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The six New England governors will convene next week to map out a regional response to the growing problem around opioid drug abuse, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Tuesday. The June 17 meeting at Brandeis University in Waltham will include discussion of how law enforcement … 0

Task force issues opioid recommendations

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Expanding state-funded residential treatment programs for underserved populations and “geographically underserved” areas are among the recommendations a state task force on opioid drug addiction has presented to the governor. “The first line of, kind of defense on this is getting people to detox, and from there … 0

Study: Price tag of autism in the US exceeds $236 billion per year

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Good health is priceless, but autism spectrum disorders can be very expensive. A new study estimates that the lifetime cost of being diagnosed with autism in the United States is somewhere between $1.43 million and $2.44 million. Either of those totals is enough to give most people sticker … 0

Judge to rule on state’s pain pill restrictions

Monday, June 9, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge on Tuesday will consider whether Massachusetts’ latest attempt to restrict a powerful new painkiller violates the U.S. Constitution. Zogenix, the San Diego-based manufacturer of Zohydro, is asking the court to temporarily halt enforcement of the restrictions until the case is decided on its … 0