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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

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks up flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday, July 28, 2014.  Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to the Nobel Hospital in Westfield.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks up flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday, July 28, 2014. Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to the Nobel Hospital in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Integrative medicine Alternative methods goes mainstream

Monday, June 9, 2014

Kim Ricci is lying on her back on a table with hair-thin needles stuck in the hollows of her ears, five on each side. Several more puncture her wrists. Ricci, 50, says she was surprised when her doctor … 0

Check it out: Lyme disease, acupuncture, back health

Monday, June 9, 2014

WHAT TO DO ABOUT LYME DISEASE “Tick Talk: What You Can Do About Lyme Disease,” a community forum exploring the prevalence of Lyme disease, as well as prevention and treatment, will be held June 17, 6 to 8 p.m. at JFK Middle School in Northampton. Lyme disease is … 0

DEA warns doctors off ties to pot dispensaries

Friday, June 6, 2014

BOSTON — Some Massachusetts doctors with business interests in medical marijuana dispensaries say they have been told by federal drug agents to sever all ties to marijuana companies or relinquish federal licenses to prescribe certain medications. The choice is necessary, they were told, because while Massachusetts like many … 0

Texas GOP advances ‘reparative therapy’ for gays

Friday, June 6, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called “reparative therapy” … 0

Camels transmitted MERS to humans, but virus probably came from bats

Thursday, June 5, 2014

One of the earliest known victims of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus - a retired Saudi military man who owned a herd of camels outside of Jeddah - almost certainly was infected when he applied a topical medication to the runny nose of one of his sick … 0

Application discrepancies vex health law

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

WASHINGTON — A huge new paperwork headache for the government could also be jeopardizing coverage for some of the millions of people who just got health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law. A government document provided to The … 0

The Dignity Project 2014: An unexpected death prompts reflections on mortality

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The first four months in 2014 have been quite a ride. The notions of death and dying have come to occupy premier acreage in my brain. My brother’s unexpected death in early February, after a stroke in late … 1

Health note: Study says ‘5 a day’ might not be enough fruits and vegetables

Monday, June 2, 2014

Study: ‘5 a day’ might not be enough Not that most people are eating even five servings of fruit and vegetables every day, but it turns out that might not be enough to get the best protection from … 0

Tattoo health risks: Why you should think before you ink

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Thirteen needles are simultaneously zinging in and out of Adam Metzger’s shoulder. The 27-year-old is unruffled. He stares unblinkingly out the storefront window of Taboo Tattoo, a studio in the Bishop Arts District. To his right, Cody Biggs … 0

Franklin County Opioid Task Force tells state public health commissioner its work against abuse a statewide model

Saturday, May 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — Members of the Franklin County Opioid Task Force told the state’s public health commissioner this week that more support would allow the county’s work in fighting opioid abuse to expand and serve as a statewide model. Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett — who met … 0