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A Liberian policeman warns residents of the  West Point area to be calm,  as they wait for a second consignment of food from the Liberian Government to be handed out, at the West Point area, near the central city area of Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.(AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths

Friday, August 22, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria — Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa’s largest cities. The outbreak also continues to spread elsewhere in West Africa, with 142 more cases recorded, bringing the new total to 2,615 with 1,427 … 0

Cost to raise a child rises to more than $245,000

Monday, August 18, 2014

The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born in 2013 to age 18 rose to $245,340, up 1.8 percent from the previous year, according to a government report released Monday. Housing comprised the largest expense at 30 percent, followed by child care and education (18 percent), food (16 percent), and … 0

Peek into brain shows how kids learn math skills

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. The take-home advice: drilling your kids on simple addition and multiplication may pay off. “Experience really … 0

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Richard Richardson, right, talks about the 20th anniversary celebration at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen. The event Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. will celebrate arts, music and the Hilltowns.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Richard Richardson, right, talks about the 20th anniversary celebration at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen. The event Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. will celebrate arts, music and the Hilltowns. Purchase photo reprints »

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Adam Jaracz holds his market lamb Damian during competition at the 146th annual Cummington Fair on Friday.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Adam Jaracz holds his market lamb Damian during competition at the 146th annual Cummington Fair on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Strokes increasing among adolescents, young adults

Monday, July 21, 2014

After a fun night out with her girlfriends late last year, Bianca Cooper arrived home with a “killer” headache. That wasn’t all that unusual, but she soon started to lose feeling on her left side and was unable … 0

Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. Some prominent doctors say the drug now seems too risky for routine use. Niacin is a type of B vitamin long … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Research suggest links between menopause, migranes

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Women’s migraine headache problems rise in the years shortly before and at the start of menopause, researchers say, news that may feel like vindication to women who suspected as much but didn’t get support from their doctors. “In … 0

More countries add graphic warnings to cigarettes

Friday, June 27, 2014

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia became the newest country to mandate graphic photo warnings on cigarette packs on Tuesday, joining more than 40 other nations or territories that have adopted similar regulations in recent years. The warnings, which showcase … 0

'Landmark victory for patient safety' 1 nurse per 2 intensive care patients to become Massachusetts law

Thursday, June 26, 2014

BOSTON — Nurses working in a hospital’s intensive care unit will have to care for no more than two patients under legislation awaiting the governor’s signature. On Thursday, the Senate joined the House in approving the agreement that … 0

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Aggressive allergies: When a rose may not smell so sweet

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Is it possible that there are more chemicals being used in perfumes and sprays that are hurting more people than 10 or 20 years ago? “That is definitely accurate,” said Merritt Fajt, an allergist who is a nationally … 1