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Dr. Besser Talks With Dave About Chikungunya

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...

Mass. Paying $35M to End Website Contract

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June 20th, 2014
By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts will pay the lead contractor on the state's hobbled health insurance website an additional $35 million to close out the contract. That means the CGI Group, which has already...

She gained weight to love her body

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June 20th, 2014
In late 2011, Brittany Miles was at least 15 pounds underweight and struggling with the mental and physical aspects of her eating disorder. By February 2012, Miles was in the early stages of recovery, focusing on changing her attitudes...

CDC Probes Lab Workers’ Possible Anthrax Exposure

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June 19th, 2014
by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria because of a safety problem at one of its...

New Tests for Helmets Proposed in Concussion Fight

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June 19th, 2014
By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- There is no concussion-proof football helmet, but manufacturers may soon have to meet new testing standards against certain concussion-causing forces -- a step in the quest for more...