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Drops 100 pounds 'marathon' style

July 25th, 2014
Nicole Durham had participated in sports most of her life, but she says it wasn't enough to keep the extra pounds from piling on. At restaurants, Durham, right, often felt people judged her if she wasn't eating the healthiest...

MONDAY ON ABC40 – 40 Force: Fertility Treatment

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July 24th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Infertility impacts millions of couples. You or someone you know could be among them. Monday, the 40 Force is taking the extra step to help with solutions. From basic procedures to details about in-vitro...

Head of Troubled CDC Anthrax Lab Resigns

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July 23rd, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say that the head of the government lab which potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned. Michael Farrell was head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab since 2009. A CDC...

Survey Finds Sharp Increase in Teen Use of HGH

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July 23rd, 2014
By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their...

You won't believe the 'after' pics

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July 23rd, 2014
In 2011, Robert and Jessica Foster weighed 327 pounds and 287 pounds, respectively. Click through the gallery to see the Colorado couple's amazing transformation. In December 2012, the couple ran the local 5-kilometer "Ugly Sweater Run."...

Study: Many Heavy Kids Think They’re Normal Weight

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July 23rd, 2014
By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly a third of children in a national survey didn't have an accurate idea of their own weight -- most of them heavy or obese children who viewed themselves as normal. These false impressions were...

First Diaper Bank to Open in Springfield

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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...