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50 pounds lost for 50th reunion

October 22nd, 2014
Carol Highsmith was at a healthy weight during her high school years at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But by 2014, the 5-foot-1 photographer had reached 175 pounds. Highsmith vowed to lose 50 pounds by her 50th high school...

New Documentary Takes In-Depth Look at Depression

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October 21st, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- It's estimated that nearly ten percent of all Americans are struggling with depression, but many will never seek treatment. Future Health in Springfield is working to end the stigma and start the healing with a...

Ebola Patient Released from Atlanta Hospital

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October 20th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) -- The unidentified Ebola patient who's been treated in Atlanta since early September has been released. Emory University Hospital officials said...

How rabbi lost 100 pounds

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October 16th, 2014
Rabbi Pesach Sommer lost 100 pounds after a doctor told him he had type 2 diabetes. Sommer used to weigh 250 pounds. Today, he weighs about 150 pounds. Sommer took up running, and it became a family affair. He and his wife, Rochie, ran a...

Theater buff loses 121 pounds

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October 15th, 2014
Middle school music teacher Dino Mazzetti was edging dangerously close to 300 pounds two years ago. He was tired of feeling like he was in his 60s rather than his 20s, so he decided to live a healthier lifestyle. At one point, Mazzetti...

CDC: 76 Texas Health Care Workers Monitored for Ebola

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October 14th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will send a rapid response team to any hospital in the country that diagnoses another Ebola patient, to make sure the local health workers can provide care safely. The Centers for Disease Control and...

ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser Discusses Second Case of Ebola

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October 13th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Over the weekend, it was announced that a health worker in Dallas had contracted Ebola. ABC's Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser spoke with ABC40's Emily Volz on ABC40 News at 12:30 p.m. about this...

Michigan Toddler Dies of Enterovirus D-68

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October 11th, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — A 21-month-old girl is the first person in Michigan to die from the virus that has caused severe respiratory illness across the country, state health officials said Saturday. Madeline Reid died Friday afternoon from enterovirus...

Ebola Patient Arrived at ER with 103-Degree Fever

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October 10th, 2014
(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) by EMILY SCHMALL, HOLBROOK MOHR, and NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) -- Thomas Eric Duncan's temperature spiked to 103 degrees during the hours of his initial visit to an emergency room -- a fever that...

Next Edition of HealthCare.Gov is Unveiled

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October 8th, 2014
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration unveiled an updated version of HealthCare.gov on Wednesday. It has some improvements and some challenges. There's also at least one early...

First Ebola Patient Diagnosed in the U.S. Has Died

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October 8th, 2014
By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) -- The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died in a Dallas hospital Wednesday, a little more than a week after his diagnosis exposed gaps in the nation's defenses against...

Conn. Health Commissioner Granted Quarantine Power

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October 7th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed an order that gives the state's public health commissioner the ability to quarantine anyone she believes may have been exposed to the Ebola...

40 Force: Breast Cancer

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October 6th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- It's one of the most common cancers among American women - breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimates that over 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and approximately...

Mass. Ebola Survivor Leaves Hospital

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October 6th, 2014
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts doctor successfully treated for Ebola has been discharged from the hospital after being admitted over the weekend for an upper respiratory infection. Alison Duffy, a spokeswoman for UMass Memorial...

ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser Discusses Recent Trip to Liberia

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October 6th, 2014
(WGGB) -- The Ebola outbreak continues to worsen across western Africa. ABC's Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser spoke with ABC40's Emily Volz about his recent trip to Liberia. He notes that he has seen a "definite...