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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — With facilities Downtown and in Forest Park, Caring Health Center has been serving Springfield residents for years. Unfortunately, many people living in the city’s Pine Point and Indian Orchard neighborhoods have… Read more

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Ben Boukari has always been overweight. At his heaviest, he weighed 379 pounds and had a 52-inch waist. His focus wasn’t on his health but his future in politics. In 2010, Ben Boukari was the youngest person elected to the Alachua City… Read more

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BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Cape Cod officials say discarded hypodermic needles have become a problem at some beaches and parks. Last week at West Dennis Beach, police say a syringe buried in the sand pricked the toe of a man on vacation…. Read more

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photo AP By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its… Read more

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(WGGB/AP) — If you are on a social networking site recently, you may have heard of the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” It involves people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads, on video, and posting that video to social media, then nominating… Read more

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(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, a U.S…. Read more

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(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first. The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying… Read more

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(Associated Press) — It’s long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same. Mutations in the gene can make breast cancer up to nine… Read more

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NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials in New York City say a man who recently visited West Africa and had a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms does not have the Ebola virus. Mount Sinai Hospital said Wednesday that the man tested negative… Read more

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(AP Photo/WSB-TV Atlanta) SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The two American aid workers infected with Ebola were treated with an experimental drug.  It’s never been tested on humans before and was  only identified earlier this year as part… Read more

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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City hospital says it is performing Ebola tests on a patient who recently traveled to West Africa. Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan says a male patient with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms came in… Read more

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ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa’s most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700… Read more

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In 2009, Benji Kurtz was near his heaviest weight of 278. Only 5 feet 5 inches tall, he was considered severely obese. Kurtz tried just about every diet without seeing any lasting results. He found it difficult to shop for clothing, fit… Read more

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By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since… Read more

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(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe President Obama is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. The familiar knocking of… Read more