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In the summer of 2011, Kerry Hoffman weighed 343 pounds. At 6 feet 1 inch, his body mass index was 45, which is considered severely obese. Hoffman realized he would have to make some changes if he wanted to be there when it was time to walk… Read more

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(WGGB) – When it comes to young athletes, concussions are a growing concern among parents, coaches and doctors. Now the American Academy of Neurology is asking doctors to take new liberties, urging them to cross the line of doctor-patient… Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Helping blisters heal faster and how coffee could help you burn more calories in Wednesday’s Health News Now. Blisters: we all get them every once in a while. They can be painful and not pretty to look at,… Read more

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 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — If Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile aren’t enough, there’s yet another mosquito transmitted virus with which we may have to deal. Four  people in the Boston area have been diagnosed with Chikungunya. A… Read more

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Sarah Evans of Shreveport, Louisiana, lost 120 pounds in 19 months. This photo, taken in December 2008, shows her before her transformation. Evans decided to lose weight after her 30th birthday weekend in Las Vegas in September 2012. At the… Read more

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by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — No more dreaded pelvic exam? New guidelines say most healthy women can skip the yearly ritual. Routine pelvic exams don’t benefit women who have no symptoms of disease and who… Read more

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  SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — There’s an effort underway in Springfield to get the people who live and work here to eat and live healthier. It’s called LiveWell Springfield.     Its goal is to not only change habits, but to change… Read more

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By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a final, compromise version of a bill overhauling the oversight of compounding pharmacies. The bill stemmed from a nationwide meningitis outbreak that… Read more

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by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are warning consumers who use popular anti-acne treatments about rare but potentially deadly allergic reactions that can cause swelling of the face and… Read more

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Felix Gussone ate a relatively nutritious diet as a child and avoided fast food, but his overeating led to weight gain. At 16, he says he weighed 264 pounds. On a class trip to France, Gussone got food poisoning and lost 7 pounds. He says… Read more

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The justices were unanimous Thursday that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the… Read more

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By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court has refused to reinstate New York City’s ban on the sale of big sodas. The state’s Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the city’s health department… Read more

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(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / Univision KXLN-TV 45) by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — America’s largest pediatricians’ group says parents should read aloud to their children every day starting in infancy. Doing so can… Read more

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(AP Photo/Charles Sykes)NEW YORK (AP) — Former “Good Morning America” host Joan Lunden says she has breast cancer. She disclosed her diagnosis on Tuesday’s edition of the ABC morning show, which she co-anchored from 1980 through 1997. She… Read more

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By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will pay the lead contractor on the state’s hobbled health insurance website an additional $35 million to close out the contract. That means the CGI Group, which has already… Read more