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In this undated photo released by the Center for Disease Control, a Aeromedical Biological Containment System which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation is shown. On Thursday afternoon July 31, 2014, officials at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital said they expected one of the Americans to be transferred there "within the next several days." The hospital declined to identify which aid worker, citing privacy laws. (AP Photo/Center for Disease Control)

2 Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment

Friday, August 1, 2014

NEW YORK — Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said Friday. One is expected to arrive Saturday, and the other a few days later, according to Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, where they will be treated. … 0

Q&A: How Ebola victims are handled in US

Friday, August 1, 2014

With Emory University Hospital in Atlanta planning to receive and treat two U.S. citizens who are sick with Ebola, some Americans have expressed fear that the deadly outbreak — which has killed at least 729 people in West Africa — could spread in the United States. Health officials say there is virtually no danger to the public. Here’s what you need to know … 0

Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths in W. Africa

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone’s capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. Fears grew as the United States warned against travel to the three infected countries … 0

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

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

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Bundle of love James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday. Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble 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 »

Health Advice

Task force issues opioid recommendations

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Expanding state-funded residential treatment programs for underserved populations and “geographically underserved” areas are among the recommendations a state task force on opioid drug addiction has presented to the governor. “The first line of, kind of defense on this is getting people to detox, and from there … 0

Study: Price tag of autism in the US exceeds $236 billion per year

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Good health is priceless, but autism spectrum disorders can be very expensive. A new study estimates that the lifetime cost of being diagnosed with autism in the United States is somewhere between $1.43 million and $2.44 million. Either of those totals is enough to give most people sticker … 0

Judge to rule on state’s pain pill restrictions

Monday, June 9, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge on Tuesday will consider whether Massachusetts’ latest attempt to restrict a powerful new painkiller violates the U.S. Constitution. Zogenix, the San Diego-based manufacturer of Zohydro, is asking the court to temporarily halt enforcement of the restrictions until the case is decided on its … 0

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