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FDA Oks First-Ever DNA Alternative to Pap Smear

April 24th, 2014
By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health regulators have cleared a genetic test from Roche as the first ever U.S.-approved alternative to the Pap smear, the decades-old mainstay of cervical cancer...

Measles Off to a Fast Start, as US Cases Trend Up

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April 24th, 2014
By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996. Authorities say 129 cases in 13...

Zogenix Objects to New Mass. Restrictions

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April 23rd, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- The San Diego company that makes a powerful new prescription painkiller called Zohydro says it's disappointed with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's decision to impose new restrictions on the drug after a federal judge ruled that...

State Issues New Restrictions on Zohydro

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April 22nd, 2014
BOSTON (WGGB) -- Following an failed attempt to outright ban Zohydro from pharmacy shelves. new rules are in now place to restrict the availability of recently approved painkiller Zohydro. Anne Roach, spokesperson for the state's Department...

Group Holds Yogathon Event at UMass to Raise Health Awareness

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April 22nd, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -- The Protect Our Breasts organization held their first annual Yogathon at the UMass Fine Arts Center Tuesday. Nine hours of continuous yoga were practiced and participants were given some enivormentally friendly...

Rep. Neal Continues Push for Services at North Adams Region. Hospital

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April 22nd, 2014
(WGGB) -- The battle continues to get at least the emergency room back open at North Adams Regional Hospital. Deep in debt, the hospital shut down abruptly last month. Employees plan to picket at a bankruptcy hearing Thursday in Springfield....

She found love, left sugar, lost weight

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April 16th, 2014
Cady Stanton struggled with her weight for most of her life. She used food to cope with stress and anxiety, eating large quantities of ice cream before going to sleep at night. Stanton married in 1996 and moved to eastern Washington....

Groups Gather at UMass to Support, Protest LGBTQ Community

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April 16th, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -- An estimated two thousand people gathered at UMass to show support for the LGBTQ community. According to organizers, the event, called UMassUnited, asked that the community come together to "rally together in...

Judge Blocks Mass. Ban on Painkiller

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April 15th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel on Tuesday issued the preliminary injunction after the maker of the drug, Zogenix, said in a...

Proposal Calls for New Strategies on Autism

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April 14th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- State lawmakers are proposing new strategies for addressing the needs of a growing number of children diagnosed with autism. The House of Representatives will consider a bill later this week to create a state Autism Commission...

No Ruling in Massachusetts Painkiller Ban

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April 14th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts' ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro remains in effect for now. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit claiming the state's first-in-the-nation ban is unconstitutional, but...

Congressional Report: E-Cig Rules Needed Now

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April 14th, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report released Monday. The...

Mass Mayhem Mud Run Held to Raise Funds for Diabetes Research

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April 12th, 2014
BLANDFORD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Pushing it to the limit at the Mass Mayhem Mud Run debut. That's what more than 800 people did at Blandford Ski Area earlier - scaling walls, cargo nets, and of course, crawling through mud and under babrbed wire....

Pitcher drops 162 pounds

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April 11th, 2014
Pitcher Denny McLain joined the Detroit Tigers in 1963. In 1968, he became the last pitcher to win 31 games in a season. He was known during his playing days for consuming a case of Pepsi every day -- a habit that added 10 pounds a year to...

Subway: ‘Yoga Mat Chemical’ Almost Out of Bread

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April 11th, 2014
By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat chemical" will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad...