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Retired teacher loses 200 pounds

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...

Back-to-School: Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated?

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August 15th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - It’s just over a week before most children go back to school. Although, students may not be able to walk through the classroom door if not vaccinated. Dr. Michael Klatte, Pediatrician Infectious Disease...

2 in 5 Adults in U.S Develop Type 2 Diabetes

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August 15th, 2014
(WGGB) -- A new study finds that 2 in every 5 adults in the United States develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. The risk of this happening has risen up to 40% over the last 26 years. Type 2 also accounts for 90 to 95% of all diabetes cases...

40 Force: Mental Help

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August 14th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - The death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has got people talking about depression and mental health. But it's something families struggle with every day. The 40 Force was Thursday to put the discussion front...

Robin Williams’ Wife: He had Parkinson’s Disease

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August 14th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his apparent suicide, his wife said Thursday. In a statement,...

Caring Health Center Opens Facility in Indian Orchard

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August 11th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- With facilities Downtown and in Forest Park, Caring Health Center has been serving Springfield residents for years. Unfortunately, many people living in the city's Pine Point and Indian Orchard neighborhoods have...

'Big Ben' loses 145 pounds

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August 8th, 2014
Ben Boukari has always been overweight. At his heaviest, he weighed 379 pounds and had a 52-inch waist. His focus wasn't on his health but his future in politics. In 2010, Ben Boukari was the youngest person elected to the Alachua City...

Cape Officials Say Discarded Syringes a Problem

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August 8th, 2014
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) -- Cape Cod officials say discarded hypodermic needles have become a problem at some beaches and parks. Last week at West Dennis Beach, police say a syringe buried in the sand pricked the toe of a man on vacation....

WHO: Ebola Outbreak is a Public Health Emergency

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August 8th, 2014
photo AP By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its...

Social Media Craze Raising Awareness for ALS

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August 7th, 2014
(WGGB/AP) -- If you are on a social networking site recently, you may have heard of the "Ice Bucket Challenge." It involves people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads, on video, and posting that video to social media, then nominating...

US Official: Scale of Ebola Crisis Unprecedented

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August 7th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, a U.S....

FDA Warns That Tattoo Inks Can Cause Infections

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August 7th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first. The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying...

Study Ties New Gene to Major Breast Cancer Risk

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August 7th, 2014
(Associated Press) -- It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same. Mutations in the gene can make breast cancer up to nine...

New York Hospital Patient Tests Negative for Ebola

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August 6th, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials in New York City say a man who recently visited West Africa and had a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms does not have the Ebola virus. Mount Sinai Hospital said Wednesday that the man tested negative...

ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser Discusses Ebola Cases, Treatment

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August 5th, 2014
(AP Photo/WSB-TV Atlanta) SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The two American aid workers infected with Ebola were treated with an experimental drug.  It’s never been tested on humans before and was  only identified earlier this year as part...