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CAROL LOLLIS
Offiicials at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield are still trying to determine why there was a disinfection lapse that left 293 patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and why it took so long for the error to come to light.

Noble Hospital apologizes for communication breakdown in colonoscope disinfection lapse

Friday, February 5, 2016

WESTFIELD — After Noble Hospital staff members corrected a safety breach in April 2013, one or more of them failed to take the important next step — notifying senior hospital officials, according to the results of an internal investigation released Friday by Baystate Health and Baystate Noble Hospital. Baystate officials on Friday apologized for that communication breakdown, which left nearly …

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

Friday, February 5, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present. U.N. officials also …

Baystate Noble officials continue investigating disinfectant lapse that put 293 colonoscopy patients at small risk for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C

Saturday, January 30, 2016

WESTFIELD — In the wake of a disinfection lapse that left 293 patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, Baystate Health officials continue to piece together the puzzle of what went wrong and why it took so long for the error to come to light. The hospital acquired …

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Allison Johndrow,13, puts on the finishing touches to a snow man she and her brother,   Luke,10 Johndrow of Westhampton,built in their yard Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Allison Johndrow,13, puts on the finishing touches to a snow man she and her brother, Luke,10 Johndrow of Westhampton,built in their yard Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Wielding an umbrella for some protection against the wet spring-like snow, Yao Wu makes her way to work at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton on Friday morning during a snowstorm that dropped about 4 inches on the area and caught many residents by surprise.

    KEVIN GUTTING Wielding an umbrella for some protection against the wet spring-like snow, Yao Wu makes her way to work at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton on Friday morning during a snowstorm that dropped about 4 inches on the area and caught many residents by surprise. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Zachary Holmes, 21, center, during a hearing to determine his release from jail Friday at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Zachary Holmes, 21, center, during a hearing to determine his release from jail Friday at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Jonathan Kahane: My cancer, my reach for greater public awareness

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I am a 70-year-old man and I have prostate cancer. I say it loudly and clearly, for everyone to hear. I believe that it is important for me to do that at the outset. Let me briefly give …

Leafy platefuls: Healthy fare — and business ways — have kept the UMass Earthfoods Café humming for 40 years

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

At 7 a.m. on a recent Thursday, University of Massachusetts student Alex Lyon arrived at the long and narrow industrial kitchen in the Student Union on campus to make vegan crumb cake for 200. The senior, majoring in …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. CDH practices add mental health care A psychiatrist and a licensed social worker have joined the Atwood Health Center, the Cooley Dickinson multi-specialty provider practices at 22 Atwood Drive, Northampton. Psychiatrist Peter J. Halperin, MD is the developer and …

Health events: Support groups, resources and more

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ FOOD ISSUES CELIAC AND GLUTEN-FREE — The Celiac and Gluten-free Support Group of Western Massachusetts meets every other month at Sylvester’s Restaurant, 111 Pleasant St., Northampton, in the second-floor conference room. Email homsteadhealth@live.com, or call 527-7524. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS …

Easthampton parents to participate Sunday in worldwide 24 hours of candlelight for children who have passed away

Friday, December 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Area parents who are suffering the loss of their children will take part Sunday in a candlelight vigil that aims to shine 24 hours of light across the globe. The memorial is being held as part …

Government survey shows fewer in US struggle to pay medical bills for fourth straight year

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — For the fourth straight year fewer Americans are struggling to pay medical bills, according to a major government survey released Tuesday. Most of the progress has come among low-income people and those with government coverage. The data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show …

To E or Not to E: Are electronic cigarettes a good alternative to tobacco or is their down side just as bad?

Monday, December 7, 2015

For Leo Hwang, 44, of Montague, e-cigarettes managed a nifty trick. They helped him quit a smoking habit he developed as a high school freshman. “I’d tried to quit before, and it never stuck,” said Hwang, who’s Dean …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, December 7, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Open house for mental health program Commissioner of Mental Health, Joan Mikula, will be the featured speaker at a community open house for the PREP® program of ServiceNet Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1236 Main Street, Holyoke. …

Women’s Health: Taking care of the holiday blues

Monday, December 7, 2015

For many people — women more than men — the season of “chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at your nose” is more cause for alarm than joy. A major study several years ago …

Health Events: Support groups, resources and more

Monday, December 7, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING EMPTY ARMS SUBSEQUENT CHOICES — A group for families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss and are now considering pregnancy, adoption or surrogacy. Time and location varies. For more information contact emptyarmsbereavement@gmail.com. PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS — …