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A worker from BioRecoveryCorp carries barrels into the apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer, in New York,  Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Spencer remained in stable condition while isolated in a hospital, talking by cellphone to his family and assisting disease detectives who are accounting for his every movement since arriving in New York from Guinea via Europe on Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NY, NJ order quarantine for doctors, others

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NEW YORK — Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with victims of the deadly disease in West Africa. The first person to fall under the order was a …

Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BETHESDA, Md. — A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms. Nina Pham got a hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House. And outside the hospital where …

New tool in Ebola battle: Smith College hosts map-making workshops

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Emma Harnisch hunched over her laptop inside a small computer laboratory on the Smith College campus Thursday night, maneuvering a map-making computer program to draw a series of buildings, roads and walking trails in a remote section of Sierra Leone in the heart of the Ebola crisis. If she did her …

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Robert Sherwood, from left, Amanda Potluck, Mariam Massaro, Tom Fair and Craig Harris rehearse for the fourth annual Gaea Star Goddess Show Wednesday at Flywheel in Easthampton. The show is on Saturday at 7:20 at the Academy of Music. This year, the show is a celebration and reverence for the elemental beauty of water. Massaro, of Worthington, is the director and also wrote the music. A rally opposed to gas pipelines and fracking is being held in Pulaski Park at 6 p.m.

    JERREY ROBERTS Robert Sherwood, from left, Amanda Potluck, Mariam Massaro, Tom Fair and Craig Harris rehearse for the fourth annual Gaea Star Goddess Show Wednesday at Flywheel in Easthampton. The show is on Saturday at 7:20 at the Academy of Music. This year, the show is a celebration and reverence for the elemental beauty of water. Massaro, of Worthington, is the director and also wrote the music. A rally opposed to gas pipelines and fracking is being held in Pulaski Park at 6 p.m. Purchase photo reprints »

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Erika Saravia, from left, Armando Saravia and Oscar Saravia serve pizza to Kettie Lawrence, of Amherst, and Jim Dubois, of Northampton, at Pinocchio's despite the power outage Friday in downtown Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Erika Saravia, from left, Armando Saravia and Oscar Saravia serve pizza to Kettie Lawrence, of Amherst, and Jim Dubois, of Northampton, at Pinocchio's despite the power outage Friday in downtown Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Two dozen area medical professionals take part in an Ebola preparedness training at Cooley Dickinson Hospital Friday. Here, using blue paint, participants practice proper hand washing and  how to take gloves off without infecting themselves.

    CAROL LOLLIS Two dozen area medical professionals take part in an Ebola preparedness training at Cooley Dickinson Hospital Friday. Here, using blue paint, participants practice proper hand washing and how to take gloves off without infecting themselves. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

CDC, UN release disease forecasts

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In addition to being the largest Ebola outbreak in the world’s history, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that this is the first Ebola epidemic to affect multiple countries and the first in West Africa. Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States …

Sierra Leone concludes Ebola lockdown

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone’s capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the …

Task force in Franklin County continues to address problems of opioid addiction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The area Opioid Task Force met Tuesday for a look at the big picture of addiction in Franklin County and to hear reports from subcommittees on housing, law enforcement and health care. The meeting at Greenfield Community College drew some 100 people, with representatives from the …

Retired Army Col. John Collins new director of VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Retired Army Col. John P. Collins, former chief of military health care in Europe, is the new director of the VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Collins’ appointment this …

Former NBA player Chris Herren to speak in Greenfield about his struggle with addiction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Chris Herren made it from the coastal city of Fall River to his home team, the Boston Celtics. His path was paved with stints in rehab as he struggled with escalating abuse of substances ranging from alcohol to cocaine, crystal meth and heroin. From the early …

Large cities seek to combat prescription opioid abuse

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Some of the nation’s largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged their communities and busted local budgets. The heightened rhetoric comes as Chicago tries to recover millions in health care …

CDC study: American midriffs expanding fast

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CHICAGO — The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study. People whose …

US stepping up Ebola aid

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. At home, the goal …

FDA eyes Mass. school’s shock treatments

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CANTON — Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth. Self-injury is one …

Opioid Task Force to meet Tuesday at Greenfield Community College

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — The renamed Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region will hold its first full meeting since spring next week, and its members have not been idle during that time. “We’re kind of turning the next corner on this thing,” said Franklin County …