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Mass. Man Running 64 Miles for 64,000 Brain Injuries

August 28th, 2014
REGION (WGGB) - On Thursday, BJ Williams crosses the Memorial Bridge, but for now that’s just the warm up. Friday is the real start on a run he has long anticipated, from the New York border to his home in Longmeadow. "Sixty-four miles,...

UN: Ebola Cases Could Eventually Reach 20,000

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August 28th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) By JOHN HEILPRIN and KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are known now, the World Health...

No longer lonely: He lost 225 lbs

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August 28th, 2014
At his heaviest, Tevante Clark tipped the scales at 405 pounds. He says he was emotionally and physically spent. He wanted the weight off and was thinking about taking drastic measures. Throughout high school, Clark dealt with weight and...

Wing Memorial Hospital to Get New Name

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August 27th, 2014
PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) -- As Wing Memorial Hospital moves to new ownership, the facility will be getting a new name. Baystate Health Systems announced Wednesday that as of September 1, the Palmer-based hospital will be called Baystate Wing...

Conn. Official Named CEO for HealthCare.gov

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August 26th, 2014
(AP Photo/Access Health CT) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration has picked a Connecticut official to run HealthCare.gov ahead of a second open enrollment season looming as a test of competence for the feds. Kevin Counihan leads Access...

IG: Shoddy Care by VA Didn’t Cause Phoenix Deaths

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August 26th, 2014
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found plenty of problems that...

She lost 140 lbs with hypnosis

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August 25th, 2014
On a 2006 Hawaiian vacation with her husband Brian, Julie Evans dreaded wearing a bathing suit. It was then that she realized her weight was holding her back. Evans began gastric bypass surgery hypnosis in late 2007, and began eating less...

Health Group: E-Cigs Might Help Smokers Quit

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August 25th, 2014
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer (AP) -- The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society...

Mass. Reports 1st West Nile Virus Case of 2014

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August 22nd, 2014
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials are reporting the state's first human case of West Nile Virus this year. The patient is described only as a man in his 60s who lives in Middlesex County. Officials say the man remains...

President Obama Offers New Accommodations on Birth Control

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August 22nd, 2014
By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth...

East Longmeadow Teen Raising Awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

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August 21st, 2014
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) -- Calli Sattler of East Longmeadow has graduated from high school, but she had many health setbacks going through school, including a concussion that lasted a year and stomach problem that kept her out of school...

New US Restrictions on Painkiller to Take Effect

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August 21st, 2014
by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug...

WHO: West Africa Ebola Death Toll Rises to 1,350

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August 20th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Security forces acting on the president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their crowded...

Curt Schilling: Chewing Tobacco Led to Mouth Cancer

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August 20th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images) BOSTON (AP) — Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling has revealed that he is battling mouth cancer and he blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use. Schilling discussed details of his cancer on...

Retired teacher loses 200 pounds

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August 18th, 2014
At her heaviest, former teacher Kathleen Riser weighed 383 pounds and struggled to climb the stairs to reach her middle school classroom. Fifteen years ago, Riser began each day with a fast-food breakfast sandwich, rarely planning her meals...