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REGION (WGGB) – On Thursday, BJ Williams crosses the Memorial Bridge, but for now that’s just the warm up. Friday is the real start on a run he has long anticipated, from the New York border to his home in Longmeadow. “Sixty-four miles,… Read more

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(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) By JOHN HEILPRIN and KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are known now, the World Health… Read more

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At his heaviest, Tevante Clark tipped the scales at 405 pounds. He says he was emotionally and physically spent. He wanted the weight off and was thinking about taking drastic measures. Throughout high school, Clark dealt with weight and… Read more

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PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) — As Wing Memorial Hospital moves to new ownership, the facility will be getting a new name. Baystate Health Systems announced Wednesday that as of September 1, the Palmer-based hospital will be called Baystate Wing… Read more

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(AP Photo/Access Health CT) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has picked a Connecticut official to run HealthCare.gov ahead of a second open enrollment season looming as a test of competence for the feds. Kevin Counihan leads Access… Read more

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(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found plenty of problems that… Read more

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On a 2006 Hawaiian vacation with her husband Brian, Julie Evans dreaded wearing a bathing suit. It was then that she realized her weight was holding her back. Evans began gastric bypass surgery hypnosis in late 2007, and began eating less… Read more

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(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer (AP) — The American Heart Association’s first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials are reporting the state’s first human case of West Nile Virus this year. The patient is described only as a man in his 60s who lives in Middlesex County. Officials say the man remains… Read more

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By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth… Read more

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EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — Calli Sattler of East Longmeadow has graduated from high school, but she had many health setbacks going through school, including a concussion that lasted a year and stomach problem that kept her out of school… Read more

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by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug… Read more

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(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Security forces acting on the president’s orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their crowded… Read more

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(Photo Courtesy: Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images) BOSTON (AP) — Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling has revealed that he is battling mouth cancer and he blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use. Schilling discussed details of his cancer on… Read more

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At her heaviest, former teacher Kathleen Riser weighed 383 pounds and struggled to climb the stairs to reach her middle school classroom. Fifteen years ago, Riser began each day with a fast-food breakfast sandwich, rarely planning her meals… Read more