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Mass. Ebola Survivor Leaves Hospital

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...

World First: Baby Born to Woman Who Got New Womb

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October 3rd, 2014
By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) -- In a medical first, a woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant, the doctor who performed the pioneering procedure said Friday. The 36-year-old mother received a...

Cameraman with Ebola Has Passion for Liberia

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October 3rd, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- Passion for Liberia and the plight of its people drove Ashoka Mukpo to work there, first to aid relief efforts and then as a TV...

Texas Officials Narrow Group Monitored for Ebola

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October 3rd, 2014
DALLAS (AP) — Health officials in Texas say they've narrowed their monitoring to a group of about 50 people who may have had some level of exposure to the Ebola patient in Dallas. Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey said Friday that all...

D.C. Patient Treated for Possible Ebola Symptoms

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October 3rd, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) -- A patient with Ebola-like symptoms is being treated at a Washington-area hospital. Howard University Hospital says the unnamed patient traveled to Nigeria and "upon returning had symptoms that could be associated with...

CDC: Heroin Deaths Doubled in Much of the Country

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October 2nd, 2014
By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- A new government study found deaths from heroin overdose doubled in just two years in much of the United States. Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers continue to be much more common,...

Liberia to Prosecute Man Who Brought Ebola to US

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October 2nd, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- The Liberian man infected with Ebola who brought the disease to the United States will be prosecuted when he returns home for lying...

Drugmaker Submits Harder-to-Abuse Zohydro to FDA

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October 1st, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The maker of the much-debated painkiller Zohydro is seeking approval of a harder-to-abuse version of its drug which, if approved, could replace the currently marketed version of the pill by next spring. San Diego-based...

Mass. Hospital Staffing Law Takes Effect

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October 1st, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- A new state law sets strict limits on the number of patients that registered nurses who work in hospital intensive care units can be assigned to at a given time. The law, approved by the Legislature in June, took effect this...

Virus Probed in Polio-Like Cases at Boston Children’s Hospital

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September 30th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Children's Hospital says it is treating four patients for muscle weakness or paralysis similar to nine cases reported in Colorado, and they are investigating if the symptoms are related to enterovirus 68. Neurologist...

40 Force: Flu Clinic

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September 29th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The flu season is just around the corner, and with your busy schedule, you can't afford to have the flu bring you down. That's why today, the 40 Force was here to help. On Monday, we will offered free flu shots...

Pediatricians Urge IUDs or Implants for Teen Girls

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September 29th, 2014
(AP Photo/Merck, File) by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most...

Power walker loses 150 pounds

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September 26th, 2014
In October 2011, Jen Corn began a life-altering "road trip," facing the reality she had denied for years -- her obesity. Corn started her journey at 311 pounds. Corn began gaining weight in high school, and the problem continued throughout...

Western Mass. Communities to Participate in Drug Take-Back Day

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September 25th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- This Saturday, communities across the country - including several here in Western Mass. - will help you safely get rid of old prescriptions. The U.S. Department of Justice and the D.E.A. - along with local and...