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Nutrition’s Impact on Diabetes and Childhood Obesity

September 23rd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- A child's nutrition can often impact the likelihood of suffering from childhood obesity and being diagnosed with diabetes. Richard Wood, the director of Springfield College's Center for Wellness Education and...

Police Kill Fox That Bit 4, Await Rabies Results

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September 23rd, 2014
EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) -- Police have killed a fox that bit a New York City woman, a school child, school staff members and a dog. The animal will be tested for rabies. Danielle Bopko of New York said she felt something bite her the...

CDC: Ebola Cases Could Hit 1.4M by Mid-January

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September 23rd, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) BY MARIA CHENG, AP MEDICAL WRITER LONDON (AP) -- New estimates by the World Health Organization and the U.S. health agency are warning that the number of Ebola cases could soar dramatically - the U.S....

FDA Warns Doctors to Beware Fake Drug Distributors

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September 23rd, 2014
By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. health regulators are trying to help doctors spot counterfeit and unapproved drugs by raising awareness of illegal operations that peddle bogus drugs to health...

Kentucky School District Drops Weight-Loss Contest

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September 22nd, 2014
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- An eastern Kentucky school district is dropping its plans for a weight-loss competition among its students. Some schools in the Pike County School District sent permission slips home asking parents to allow their...

CDC: Severe Respiratory Illness Now in 22 States

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September 19th, 2014
by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say 22 states now have confirmed cases of an unusual respiratory illness in children. An uncommon virus — enterovirus 68 — is causing the illnesses. Centers for...

'Sumo wrestler' to distance runner

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September 19th, 2014
Throughout his life, Yusuke Kirimoto was overweight. He is pictured here in December 2006 with his wife and daughter in their Westminster, Colorado, home. Kirimoto and his daughter Sara cook together in December 2010. His weight at the time...

Questions Remain Over Pot Company’s HIV Program

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September 19th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- A company that was awarded a medical marijuana dispensary license in Lowell and is vying for licenses in Boston and Greenfield appears to have overstated the scope of its operations at a counseling and research program for HIV and...

CDC Confirms First Case of Enterovirus in Conn.

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September 17th, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. (WGGB) -- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that enterovirus (EV-D68) has entered Connecticut. Officials with the Conn. Department of Public Health say that the CDC made the confirmation on...

Doctors Expect Mass. Man Infected with Ebola to Recover

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September 17th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy of UMass Medical School) OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Doctors in Nebraska treating a U.S. doctor battling the Ebola virus say they now expect him to make a full recovery. Fifty-one-year-old Rick Sacra contracted Ebola while working at...

ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser Discusses the Latest on Ebola & Enterovirus

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September 17th, 2014
NEW YORK (WGGB) -- Two viruses - Ebola and Enterovirus - continue to make headlines across the country and around the world. ABC's Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser joined ABC40's Tom Lewis and Emily Volz to discuss the...

Study: Artificial Sweeteners May Promote Diabetes

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September 17th, 2014
By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice. The authors...

Gov. Patrick Dismisses Report Pegging ACA Costs at $1B

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September 17th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick is sharply criticizing a report that puts a price tag of about $1 billion on the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts. The Pioneer Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank,...

CDC Study: Americans’ Bellies are Expanding Fast

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September 16th, 2014
By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) -- The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures -- the most dangerous kind of obesity -- has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a...

Generic Drugs Lead to Better Treatment of Cholesterol

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September 16th, 2014
(WGGB) -- High cholesterol affects more than 100 million Americans, making statins one of the most-prescribed drugs in the country. However, when it comes to choosing those drugs, a new study shows that generic drugs lead to more effective...