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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
(L-R) Paul McNeil, Jill Griffin, Michael Cutler, Jeremy Bucci, Bob Gunther and Ezra Parzybok discuss about medical marijuana during the Medical Marijuana Pot Forum at the JFK Middle School, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

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 a lot of questions when he first …

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 …

The scourge of substance abuse: South Hadley community members huddle to plan attack on drugs, alcohol

Monday, November 17, 2014

Drug and alcohol abuse not only ruins individual lives but can also undermine the whole community. That was a key message delivered during an afternoon of small- and large-group discussions at a retreat last week organized by the South Hadley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition. The five-hour event, held at the Willits-Hallowell Conference …

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
(L-R) Paul McNeil, Jill Griffin, Michael Cutler, Jeremy Bucci, Bob Gunther and Ezra Parzybok discuss about medical marijuana during the Medical Marijuana Pot Forum at the JFK Middle School, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA (L-R) Paul McNeil, Jill Griffin, Michael Cutler, Jeremy Bucci, Bob Gunther and Ezra Parzybok discuss about medical marijuana during the Medical Marijuana Pot Forum at the JFK Middle School, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD
Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes in her home in Granby on Saturday afternoon, Feb 1st.

    JASON PICARD Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes in her home in Granby on Saturday afternoon, Feb 1st.

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Luke Bosco, on piano, accompanies Hayley Hemminger-Martin (Sabina), on stage with arms raised, in a rehearsal of the finall scene of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." Joining Hemminger-Martin on the edge of the stage are, from left, Kaitlyn Andersen, Jonathan Letendre, Jasmeet Singh and Jimmy Murphy.

    KEVIN GUTTING Luke Bosco, on piano, accompanies Hayley Hemminger-Martin (Sabina), on stage with arms raised, in a rehearsal of the finall scene of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." Joining Hemminger-Martin on the edge of the stage are, from left, Kaitlyn Andersen, Jonathan Letendre, Jasmeet Singh and Jimmy Murphy. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Records suggest Texas hospital ignored patient’s signs of Ebola

Friday, October 10, 2014

DALLAS — Thomas Eric Duncan’s temperature spiked to 103 degrees during the hours of his initial visit to an emergency room — a fever that was flagged with an exclamation point in the hospital’s record-keeping system, his medical …

More Ebola screening to begin at five US airports

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — The government will begin taking the temperatures of travelers from West Africa arriving at five U.S. airports as part of a stepped-up response to the Ebola epidemic. President Barack Obama said the new efforts would provide …

New concern worldwide as nurse in Spain gets Ebola

Monday, October 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — Raising fresh concern around the world, a nurse in Spain on Monday became the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. In the U.S., President Barack Obama said the government …

Three win medicine Nobel for discovering how brain navigates

Monday, October 6, 2014

STOCKHOLM — A U.S.-British scientist who grew up in the South Bronx and a husband-and-wife research team from Norway won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for discovering the brain’s navigation system — the inner GPS that helps …

Most popular painkillers will be harder to get

Sunday, October 5, 2014

ST. LOUIS — It’s going to be more difficult to refill prescriptions for the most popular painkillers starting Monday, when new federal rules move products with hydrocodone into a stricter drug class reserved for the most dangerous and addictive substances. In approving the change, the Drug Enforcement Administration …

Doctor cleared of Ebola virus feeling better

Sunday, October 5, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — A doctor admitted to a Massachusetts hospital this weekend for an apparent respiratory infection after surviving the Ebola virus was in stable condition and feeling better Sunday, but still has a fever and cough, hospital …

Cooley Dickinson, Baystate Medical Center prepare for patients who could be infected with Ebola

Friday, October 3, 2014

Area hospitals are taking steps to prepare for handling any patients who could be infected with Ebola. At Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, staff has been planning for how to deal with both Ebola and the Middle East …

Family who hosted Ebola patient confined to home

Thursday, October 2, 2014

DALLAS — Four members of a family the U.S. Ebola patient was staying with were confined to their Texas home under armed guard Thursday as the circle of people possibly exposed to the virus widened, while Liberian authorities …

CDC looks to enterovirus, paralysis-like symptoms in kids

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Federal health officials are investigating illnesses with paralysis-like symptoms among children in Missouri, Colorado and Virginia that may be related to the outbreak of severe respiratory infections that has swept the nation. Three cases of the neurologic illnesses have been reported by Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, …

Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DALLAS — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital …