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Ebola patient Beatrice Yardolo, celebrates with Ebola health workers as she leaves the Chinese Ebola treatment center were she was treated for Ebola virus infection on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, March 5, 2015.  Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old English teacher, from a treatment center in the capital on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free. 'I am one of the happiest human beings today on earth because it was not easy going through this situation and coming out alive,' Beatrice Yardolo told The Associated Press after her release. She kept thanking God and the health workers at the center.(AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

Liberia releases last Ebola patient

Thursday, March 5, 2015

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free. “I am one of the happiest human beings today on earth because it was not easy going through this situation and coming out alive,” Beatrice Yardolo told The Associated Press after her …

UN: World needs to cut down on sugar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LONDON — New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone’s sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day — an amount that could be exceeded with a single can …

Vaccination skeptics perplex health officials

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. “I think we’re all kind of frustrated,” said Stephen Morse, a Columbia University infectious disease expert. “As scientists, we’re …

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Crocker Farm School librarian Susan McQuaid and paraprofessional Cedric Gonnet read to each other during a "Read Across America Day" presentation in the school cafeteria on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Crocker Farm School librarian Susan McQuaid and paraprofessional Cedric Gonnet read to each other during a "Read Across America Day" presentation in the school cafeteria on Wednesday.

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Easthampton Police Chief Bruce McMahon said after a series of 20 conversations over a cellphone, police managed to safely  disarm a man with a gun who had threatened to kill himself and anyone who entered. He was taken away by ambulance.

    CAROL LOLLIS Easthampton Police Chief Bruce McMahon said after a series of 20 conversations over a cellphone, police managed to safely disarm a man with a gun who had threatened to kill himself and anyone who entered. He was taken away by ambulance. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Lucas Harrington, top, and Ethan Bakuli work on the set of Amherst Regional High School's production of "Hairspray" Sunday at the school. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the ARHS auditorium.

    JERREY ROBERTS Lucas Harrington, top, and Ethan Bakuli work on the set of Amherst Regional High School's production of "Hairspray" Sunday at the school. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the ARHS auditorium. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Squeeze play: How hugs may figure into health

Monday, January 19, 2015

You’ll get no argument from most people — especially on a cold winter’s night — that hugs make you feel warm inside. But can that good feeling protect your health? Over the past decade or so, researchers have …

As predicted, flu vaccine not working for most

Thursday, January 15, 2015

NEW YORK — This year’s flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It’s only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday. The poor …

State grant to increase services available for victims of drunken driving accidents in region

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — Leaders of a program that helps victims of drunken driving accidents and other crimes say a new affiliation with a Northampton-based behavioral health agency will strengthen services for the roughly 400 people they try to help each year. Since its start in 1997, the Community Crisis …

Northampton wins $550,000 state grant to fight opiate abuse in Hampshire County

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County has landed a $550,000 grant for a new coalition to combat the epidemic of painkiller addiction that in recent years has taken a tragic toll in western Massachusetts. Northampton announced Wednesday that it had …

Amherst pediatrician Emlen Jones’ sudden death leaves huge void, patients and colleagues say

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Growing up in Amherst, Lisa Gallant fondly remembers visits to the family’s pediatrician, Dr. Emlen Jones. “He always just listened to everything, he would pay attention and he would appreciate what you were saying,” Gallant said. …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, January 12, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com KEEPING HEALTH APPOINTMENTS Decreasing the no-show rate at health care centers, in part through group medical appointments, is an approach being tested at Springfield’s Caring Health Center by researchers there and from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University …

When less Pap is more: Understanding new guidelines

Monday, January 12, 2015

Many women came of age understanding that the yearly annual with Pap test was both a rite of passage and an essential practice of self-care, the gynecological equivalent of a tooth cleaning. So you may be surprised to hear your provider say you’re not due for a Pap …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton to provide heated tub for women in labor

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton aims to have a heated tub available soon in its Childbirth Center so that women can have access to warm water immersion — a form of hydrotherapy — during labor. Hydrotherapy can ease a patient’s nerves and help with pain management before an …

EarthTalk: Eating the right fats may lead to healthier longevity, researchers say

Friday, January 9, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the skinny on fat these days? I saw a major magazine cover image recently that was suggesting fat wasn’t so bad for us after all? — Marcy Bellwether, Taos, NM Going “fat-free” might seem like …

New antibiotic can kill resistant bugs

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Using soil from a grassy field in Maine and a miniaturized diffusion chamber, scientists have cultivated a microbe that could help tame the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. When tricked into growing in a lab, the microbe makes a compound that kills strains of tuberculosis, MRSA and other deadly …