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CDC: E-Cigarette Poisoning Calls on the Rise

April 3rd, 2014
(Image Courtesy: CDC) (WGGB) -- A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that poisoning calls involving e-cigarette fluids are on the rise. In findings released Thursday in the agency's Morbidity and...

Massachusetts to Curb Smoking in Public Housing

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April 3rd, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- The Patrick Administration is moving to stamp out smoking in public housing. The Department of Housing and Community Development on Thursday issued guidelines to all 240 local housing authorities urging them to develop...

US Approves Easy-to-Use Heroin Overdose Antidote

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April 3rd, 2014
By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids. The Food and...

FDA OKs 1st Hay Fever Allergy Immunotherapy Tablet

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April 2nd, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first tablet for gradually reducing hay fever allergy symptoms, an alternative to uncomfortable allergy-desensitizing shots. Oralair, a tablet that dissolves quickly...

Singer drops 60 pounds, boyfriend

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March 28th, 2014
At her heaviest, the 5-foot-tall Nina Osegueda weighed more than 180 pounds. At her wedding in 2009, Osegueda was at her lowest weight of 125 pounds. Osegueda works out three to four times a week. Here she is in 2013, at the gym,...

Mass. Health Officials: We’ve Cleared Backlog

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March 27th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts health officials say they've eliminated an application backlog that stood at 72,000 two months ago. Officials say they have also extended transitional health insurance coverage to 125,000 people, up from 32,000 in...

CDC: US Autism Estimate Grows to 1 in 68 Children

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March 27th, 2014
by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The government increased its autism estimate on Thursday to 1 in 68 U.S children. That's a 30 percent jump from the last federal estimate of 1 in 88 children with autism or a related...

North Adams Hospital, Affiliates to Shut Down

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March 26th, 2014
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) -- More than 500 people are without a job and patients across northern Berkshire County are looking for answers following the announced closure of North Adams Regional Hospital and its affiliates. Northern Berkshire...

Baystate Surgeon Discusses Study on Social Media’s Impact on Self-Image

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March 25th, 2014
(WGGB) -- Social media are changing the way we communicate and get information, but a new study argues that they're also changing the way we view ourselves. The American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery found that social media and...

6 fitness myths, busted

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March 25th, 2014
Bad advice and outdated research could be putting a kink in your workout efforts. Here are some fitness myths that have proved to be just that. Crunches do tone a small portion of your abs, but you may get better results from moves engaging...

Mass. Hospitals, Nurses Spar Over Ballot Question

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March 24th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts hospitals are facing off against the state's top nurses' union over a ballot question that would set nurse-patient ratios. Massachusetts Hospital Association President Lynn Nicholas told the Health Care Financing...

Military wife's 100-lb surprise

March 23rd, 2014
Misty Shaffer's husband was deployed to Afghanistan In May 2013 she met him at the airport, more than 100 pounds lighter She focused on healthy eating during her weight loss Editor's note: Do you have a weight-loss success story to...

Military wife drops 100 lbs for surprise

March 21st, 2014
Misty Shaffer's husband was deployed to Afghanistan In May 2013 she met him at the airport, more than 100 pounds lighter She focused on healthy eating during her weight loss Editor's note: Do you have a weight-loss success story to...

Massachusetts Senate Approves Anti-Shackling Bill

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March 20th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill outlawing the practice of handcuffing women prisoners to hospital beds during childbirth. The bill would specifically create a uniform ban on the restraint of women during pregnancy,...

‘Baton Pass’ Cancer Research Campaign Kicks Off on GMA

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March 19th, 2014
ABC US News | ABC Business News (Photo Courtesy: Siemens) NEW YORK (WGGB/AP) -- Pass a baton and help raise funds for cancer research. That's the message behind "The Baton Pass" campaign launched in New York City Wednesday by the...