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Study Finds iPads, other Devices Could Cause Rashes

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...

Mass. Lawmakers Unveil Compounding Pharmacy Bill

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June 30th, 2014
By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a final, compromise version of a bill overhauling the oversight of compounding pharmacies. The bill stemmed from a nationwide meningitis outbreak that...

FDA Warns of Allergic Reactions with Acne Products

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June 27th, 2014
by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are warning consumers who use popular anti-acne treatments about rare but potentially deadly allergic reactions that can cause swelling of the face and...

Doctor-to-be loses 99 pounds

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June 26th, 2014
Felix Gussone ate a relatively nutritious diet as a child and avoided fast food, but his overeating led to weight gain. At 16, he says he weighed 264 pounds. On a class trip to France, Gussone got food poisoning and lost 7 pounds. He says...

U.S. Supreme Court Voids 35-Foot Buffer Around Mass. Abortion Clinics

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June 26th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The justices were unanimous Thursday that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the...

Court Won’t Reinstate New York City’s Big-Soda Ban

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June 26th, 2014
By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's highest court has refused to reinstate New York City's ban on the sale of big sodas. The state's Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the city's health department...

Doctors to Parents: Start Reading to Kids Early

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June 24th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / Univision KXLN-TV 45) by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — America's largest pediatricians' group says parents should read aloud to their children every day starting in infancy. Doing so can...

Former ‘GMA’ Host Joan Lunden has Breast Cancer

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June 24th, 2014
(AP Photo/Charles Sykes)NEW YORK (AP) — Former "Good Morning America" host Joan Lunden says she has breast cancer. She disclosed her diagnosis on Tuesday's edition of the ABC morning show, which she co-anchored from 1980 through 1997. She...