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First Diaper Bank to Open in Springfield

July 21st, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- Springfield's first diaper bank is set to open this Thursday. The bank will help low-income families in the area who are struggling to make ends meet. The Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan hopes to deliver...

Problem Affects 5,000 Vaccine Doses in Conn.

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July 18th, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut medical practice says a storage problem may have reduced the effectiveness of 5,000 doses of vaccines that were given to more than 3,800 patients in the state since last year and those people may have to get...

Two Cases of Mosquito Virus Chikungunya Contracted in Fla.

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July 17th, 2014
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Health officials say that for the first time, an American has been infected with chikungunya by a mosquito here in the United States. Florida health officials said it happened in two cases. In both, they said, a...

New Debate Focuses on Soccer Concussions

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July 15th, 2014
REGION (WGGB) -- A play during Sunday's World Cup Final is sparking a new debate about concussions. Germany's Christoph Kramer took a jarring hit to the left side of his head. After being checked by medical staff, he decided to keep...

Agency Toughens Protections for Pregnant Workers

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July 15th, 2014
By TOM RAUM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the first time in 30 years, the federal government is issuing new guidelines designed to protect pregnant workers from on-the-job discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity...

Study: Alzheimer’s Rate Seems to be Dropping

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July 15th, 2014
(AP) -- The rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries -- good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies...

Got a Rash? iPad, Other Devices Might Be the Cause

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July 14th, 2014
By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) -- Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail...

Study Finds iPads, other Devices Could Cause Rashes

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July 14th, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) -- Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal...

Lost 153 pounds, proved doc wrong

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July 11th, 2014
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...

Health News Now 7/10: Concussions and Kids in Hot Cars

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July 10th, 2014
(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...

Health News Now 7/9

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July 9th, 2014
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,...

Dr. Besser Talks With Dave About Chikungunya

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July 7th, 2014
 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...

Running, but no longer hiding

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July 4th, 2014
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...

Guideline: Most Healthy Women Can Skip Pelvic Exam

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July 1st, 2014
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...

LiveWell Springfield: A Movement for Healthy Living

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June 30th, 2014
  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...