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Mass. Hospital Staffing Law Takes Effect

October 1st, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- A new state law sets strict limits on the number of patients that registered nurses who work in hospital intensive care units can be assigned to at a given time. The law, approved by the Legislature in June, took effect this...

Virus Probed in Polio-Like Cases at Boston Children’s Hospital

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September 30th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Children's Hospital says it is treating four patients for muscle weakness or paralysis similar to nine cases reported in Colorado, and they are investigating if the symptoms are related to enterovirus 68. Neurologist...

40 Force: Flu Clinic

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September 29th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The flu season is just around the corner, and with your busy schedule, you can't afford to have the flu bring you down. That's why today, the 40 Force was here to help. On Monday, we will offered free flu shots...

Pediatricians Urge IUDs or Implants for Teen Girls

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September 29th, 2014
(AP Photo/Merck, File) by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most...

Power walker loses 150 pounds

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September 26th, 2014
In October 2011, Jen Corn began a life-altering "road trip," facing the reality she had denied for years -- her obesity. Corn started her journey at 311 pounds. Corn began gaining weight in high school, and the problem continued throughout...

Western Mass. Communities to Participate in Drug Take-Back Day

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September 25th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- This Saturday, communities across the country - including several here in Western Mass. - will help you safely get rid of old prescriptions. The U.S. Department of Justice and the D.E.A. - along with local and...

Ebola Patient from Mass. Released from Hospital

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September 25th, 2014
By JOSH FUNK, Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The third American aid worker who contracted Ebola in Africa was released Thursday from a Nebraska hospital. An elated Dr. Rick Sacra said at a news conference that he was cleared of the...

Mohawk Regional Student Being Treated for MRSA

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September 23rd, 2014
(WGGB) -- Mohawk Regional officials confirm a case of MRSA found in a high school student. MRSA is a staph infection, resistant to penicillin, but there are other types of antibiotics that can be used to treat it. Studies show one in three...

Nutrition’s Impact on Diabetes and Childhood Obesity

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September 23rd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- A child's nutrition can often impact the likelihood of suffering from childhood obesity and being diagnosed with diabetes. Richard Wood, the director of Springfield College's Center for Wellness Education and...

Police Kill Fox That Bit 4, Await Rabies Results

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September 23rd, 2014
EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) -- Police have killed a fox that bit a New York City woman, a school child, school staff members and a dog. The animal will be tested for rabies. Danielle Bopko of New York said she felt something bite her the...

CDC: Ebola Cases Could Hit 1.4M by Mid-January

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September 23rd, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) BY MARIA CHENG, AP MEDICAL WRITER LONDON (AP) -- New estimates by the World Health Organization and the U.S. health agency are warning that the number of Ebola cases could soar dramatically - the U.S....

FDA Warns Doctors to Beware Fake Drug Distributors

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September 23rd, 2014
By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. health regulators are trying to help doctors spot counterfeit and unapproved drugs by raising awareness of illegal operations that peddle bogus drugs to health...

Kentucky School District Drops Weight-Loss Contest

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September 22nd, 2014
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- An eastern Kentucky school district is dropping its plans for a weight-loss competition among its students. Some schools in the Pike County School District sent permission slips home asking parents to allow their...

CDC: Severe Respiratory Illness Now in 22 States

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September 19th, 2014
by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say 22 states now have confirmed cases of an unusual respiratory illness in children. An uncommon virus — enterovirus 68 — is causing the illnesses. Centers for...

'Sumo wrestler' to distance runner

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September 19th, 2014
Throughout his life, Yusuke Kirimoto was overweight. He is pictured here in December 2006 with his wife and daughter in their Westminster, Colorado, home. Kirimoto and his daughter Sara cook together in December 2010. His weight at the time...