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When Sonia Anderson got her first Fitbit step tracker, her poor pooch, Bronx, had no idea of all the steps that were coming. The device — which counts every step Anderson takes and displays … more
The sad irony about the obesity epidemic still escalating in this country is it was originally fed by a widespread, but misinformed belief that dietary fat was the ultimate villain. By the early … more
Q: What's the latest on the new children's disease that's kind of like polio? It's been all over the news, and like a lot of the moms around here, I'm getting worried. A: You're referring to a rare … more
Q: Our granddad is 86 and wound up in the ER with extreme abdominal pain, which turned out to be gallstones. The doctors say he should have his gallbladder removed. Why? Isn't that a big operation … more
WASHINGTON — The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted to … more
WASHINGTON — Millions of people who take aspirin to prevent a heart attack may need to rethink the pill-popping, Harvard researchers reported last week.A daily low-dose aspirin is recommended … more
Summer is the season to enjoy the outdoors, especially in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont. Families can go take a dip at a local swimming hole, hike up Mount Greylock and cook barbecue all in one … more
Baby food often contains too much sugar and is incorrectly advertised as suitable for infants under 6 months of age, according to a new World Health Organization report.At least half of products … more
Q: We moved from the city to rural Massachusetts, and suddenly Lyme disease is a real threat. I've read about it forever, but now that we're here, I realize I don't know much about the disease. How … more
The human body is teeming with some 100 trillion microorganisms — 10 times the number of human cells — and they include the beneficial bacteria or "good bugs" that help us absorb … more

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