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By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The board overseeing the state’s health care exchange has been told that a long-term fix for the connector’s troubled website is still months away, even while the state is reporting progress in… Read more

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SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WGGB) — For the last few months, the winding roads along Congamond Lake have become Vinny Caruso’s home away from home. Vinny is training for the Boston Marathon. He’s been there before, but this year it’s… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge says Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick might have been “out of line” in ordering a first-in-the-nation ban of Zohydro, a powerful new painkiller. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel on Tuesday considered a… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — The largest health insurer in Massachusetts has cut prescriptions of narcotic painkillers by an estimated 6.6 million pills in 18 months as part of a campaign to curb abuse. Executives from Blue Cross Blue Shield of… Read more

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)- Flu season peaks in the middle of winter, but you are not out of the clear yet. Many healthcare facilities are busy now treating people with the flu. Influenza “A” was the common diagnosis throughout most of the… Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –April is Public Health Month in Springfield. This morning, the city celebrated with a kick-off event at City Hall. From reducing teen pregnancies and infant mortality to increasing the number of children who are… Read more

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(WGGB) — In response to the public health emergency of growing heroin overdoses and opioid addiction, the state has banned the painkiller Zohydro. The ban was approved last week after the Governor’s declaration. Massachusetts health officials… Read more

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At her heaviest, Sara Lugger weighed 342 pounds. At 5 feet 9 inches tall, she had a BMI of 50. A few days after her 34th birthday, Lugger realized that reaching 350 pounds would be “unacceptable.” She made a pact with herself to make… Read more

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(Image Courtesy: CDC) (WGGB) — A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that poisoning calls involving e-cigarette fluids are on the rise. In findings released Thursday in the agency’s Morbidity and… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — The Patrick Administration is moving to stamp out smoking in public housing. The Department of Housing and Community Development on Thursday issued guidelines to all 240 local housing authorities urging them to develop… Read more

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By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids. The Food and… Read more

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first tablet for gradually reducing hay fever allergy symptoms, an alternative to uncomfortable allergy-desensitizing shots. Oralair, a tablet that dissolves quickly… Read more

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At her heaviest, the 5-foot-tall Nina Osegueda weighed more than 180 pounds. At her wedding in 2009, Osegueda was at her lowest weight of 125 pounds. Osegueda works out three to four times a week. Here she is in 2013, at the gym,… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials say they’ve eliminated an application backlog that stood at 72,000 two months ago. Officials say they have also extended transitional health insurance coverage to 125,000 people, up from 32,000 in… Read more

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by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The government increased its autism estimate on Thursday to 1 in 68 U.S children. That’s a 30 percent jump from the last federal estimate of 1 in 88 children with autism or a related… Read more