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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, as the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to examine the response to the Ebola outbreak and whether America's hospitals and health care workers are adequately prepared for Ebola patients.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

CDC plans new Ebola protocol; Pentagon to form rapid-response team

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ATLANTA — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear “with no skin showing,” a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said those …

Most health experts say travel ban from West Africa bad idea that could prevent aid from reaching affected countries

Saturday, October 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It’s become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is popular with the public. But health experts are nearly unanimous in saying it’s a bad …

Ebola lapses persisted for days at Dallas hospital where Thomas Eric Duncan died

Saturday, October 18, 2014

DALLAS — Just minutes after Thomas Eric Duncan arrived for a second time at the emergency room, the word is on his chart: “Ebola.” But despite all the warnings that the deadly virus could arrive unannounced at an American hospital, for days after the admission, his caregivers are vulnerable. The Centers for Disease …

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Jonathan Roberge,17 of Haydenville,  a culinary arts student at Smith Vocational, makes pancakes for a breakfast where legislators will talk about Smith Vocational and it needs in the future.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jonathan Roberge,17 of Haydenville, a culinary arts student at Smith Vocational, makes pancakes for a breakfast where legislators will talk about Smith Vocational and it needs in the future. Purchase photo reprints »

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Joanne Levin, M.D., left, and Linda Riley, R.N., right, speak to the Gazette's reporter about the Cooley Dickinson Hospital's plan on possible Ebola patient at the hospital Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2014.  Levin is the medical director of infection prevention program at the hospital.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Joanne Levin, M.D., left, and Linda Riley, R.N., right, speak to the Gazette's reporter about the Cooley Dickinson Hospital's plan on possible Ebola patient at the hospital Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2014. Levin is the medical director of infection prevention program at the hospital. Purchase photo reprints »

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Don Chevalier, left, and Bob Lampron, employees at Childs Park in Northampton, put up snow fencing near Woodlawn Avenue on Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Don Chevalier, left, and Bob Lampron, employees at Childs Park in Northampton, put up snow fencing near Woodlawn Avenue on Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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 …

Ebola survivor gives blood

Thursday, September 11, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American aid worker infected with Ebola has been given blood from a fellow doctor who battled the disease, and Nebraska doctors say the man has responded well to aggressive treatment in the past …

Sedative use linked to Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Older people who have relied on a class of drugs called benzodiazepines to reduce anxiety or induce sleep are at higher risk of going on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, new research finds, with those whose use of the medications is most intensive almost twice as likely to develop …

BRIEFS

Monday, September 8, 2014

Nursing home event HADLEY — The Elaine Center at Hadley will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to showcase its newly renovated facility, improved medical technology and clinical services. The 154-bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing center at 20 North Maple St. is operated by …

UN warns of thousands more Ebola cases

Monday, September 8, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The United States and Britain will send medical equipment and military personnel to help contain West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, as the World Health Organization warned Monday that many thousands of new infections are expected …

Doctors say Ebola patient progressing

Sunday, September 7, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska doctors treating the man who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia said Sunday that he is making progress, but it’s not yet clear if he will recover. Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, …

CDH pledges to keep inpatient pediatric unit open, renovate emergency department, offer pediatric training to new nurses

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital announced Friday it will keep its inpatient pediatric unit open by offering focused pediatric training for nurses that will allow adequate staffing there. In addition, the hospital announced plans to renovate the emergency …