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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 …

Ebola case contracted within US: Dallas health worker tests positive for virus

Sunday, October 12, 2014

DALLAS — A “breach of protocol” at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health care worker with the deadly virus, and other caregivers could potentially …

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, …