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FILE - This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control shows the smallpox virus. Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health's campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week _ decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box. (AP Photo/CDC, File)

Old smallpox vials unearthed

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box. The six glass vials were intact and sealed, and scientists have yet to establish whether the virus is dead or alive, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Still, the find was disturbing because for decades after smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980, world health authorities said the only known samples left were safely stored in super-secure laboratories in Atlanta and in Russia. Officials said this … 0

MGH to begin screening all patients for substance abuse

Monday, June 30, 2014

BOSTON — Patients at Massachusetts General Hospital will soon be asked questions about their alcohol and illegal drug use, no matter why they’re at the hospital. The program scheduled to start this fall is part of a broader plan to improve addiction treatment at the Boston hospital and its community health centers. Caregivers will ask patients how often they have had six or … 0

Women face gender-specific challenges in fighting addiction and alcoholism

Saturday, June 28, 2014

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” trumpeted a popular book in the 1990s. Author John Gray didn’t sell 50 million copies of his book and spark a pop culture fire by telling us anything most of us hadn’t learned by grade school. Men and women are different. Gray just focused on … 0

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Alex Dakai, 3, or Easthampton, left, swims toward Elizabeth Armstrong, right, during the swimming lesson at the Holyoke Canoe Club in Holyoke, Saturday, July 12, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Alex Dakai, 3, or Easthampton, left, swims toward Elizabeth Armstrong, right, during the swimming lesson at the Holyoke Canoe Club in Holyoke, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Una's pick
Dan Ehrenfeld, of Florence, shops while holding his daughter, Una, during Tuesday Market, behind Thornes Marketplace. He let Una pick out the sunflower at the Old Friends Farm tent.

    JERREY ROBERTS Una's pick Dan Ehrenfeld, of Florence, shops while holding his daughter, Una, during Tuesday Market, behind Thornes Marketplace. He let Una pick out the sunflower at the Old Friends Farm tent. Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Bak, left, of South Hadley, prepares to tag out Liam Brodigan, of Amherst, at third on a steal during a Mickey Mantle League game Thursday in South Hadley.

    JERREY ROBERTS Brian Bak, left, of South Hadley, prepares to tag out Liam Brodigan, of Amherst, at third on a steal during a Mickey Mantle League game Thursday in South Hadley. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Forum Thursday on future care at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — A community health organization will host Thursday night a discussion about the future care at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Organized by the Community Health Care Initiative, the forum will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Middle School. Baystate Health officials will present … 0

The Dignity Project: Daughter reflects on parents’ decision to ‘check out’

Monday, May 26, 2014

After my parents decided to end their dying on the short side of 90, I spoke up because I was incredibly moved and awed by what they had done. While sad for me, I was happy for them … 0

Treatment considered for menopausal women who can’t focus

Thursday, May 22, 2014

After C. Neill Epperson, a psychiatrist who directs the Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness, listened to many patients complain about their brains as they approached and entered menopause, she had an idea. Women would tell her that … 0

Mindset powerful health tool, study shows

Thursday, May 22, 2014

You’ve likely heard of the placebo effect, an outcome that cannot be attributed to a specific treatment or therapy but rather is caused by a patient’s mindset alone. As it turns out, the force behind the placebo effect … 0

Anger management: Uncontrolled emotion can damage health, relationships

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Anger is a natural and normal reaction to life’s unavoidable irritations, but uncontrolled, it can escalate and end up damaging one’s health and relationships. “Generally (anger) is unhealthy coping,” said Jill Calderon, a doctoral student in counseling psychology … 0

Temper-taming tips

Thursday, May 22, 2014

∎ Think before you speak. In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to say something you’ll later regret. Take a few moments to collect your thoughts before saying anything - and allow others involved in the situation to do the same. Once you’re calm, express your anger. … 0

Study: Married couples have more DNA in common

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A study of white married couples in the U.S. — the majority of who were born in the 1930s — concluded that spouses are more genetically similar to each other than they are to random individuals. In a paper published Monday in the journal PNAS, a team of … 0

Officials say 1.8 million pounds of ground beef recalled after 11 illnesses, including one Hampshire County resident

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Hampshire County resident is one of 11 people in four states who health officials say have become ill from eating potentially tainted beef. Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef … 1

The Dignity Project: Seasoned nurse relies on expertise for highly personal journey

Monday, May 19, 2014

I’m sitting here on Mother’s Day with my 94-year-old mother talking about life and death. A year and a half ago, my mother had a mild stroke that left her needing 24/7 care. She is able to feed … 0

Poll: More stressful to care for spouse than mom

Monday, May 19, 2014

You promise “in sickness and in health,” but a new poll shows becoming a caregiver to a frail spouse causes more stress than having to care for mom, dad or even the in-laws. Americans 40 and older say … 0