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Federal panel recommends screening adolescents for depression

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or to refer them to specialists who can. The new recommendations, issued Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, bring depression screening …

Super Bowl gets 111.9 million viewers, down from last year

Monday, February 8, 2016

NEW YORK — Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year’s average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver’s victory over Carolina is down from the past two years. That makes Sunday’s game the third most-watched event in U.S. television history, the Nielsen company said Monday. Last …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, February 8, 2016

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Physician to speak on drug effects on teens Dr. Ruth Potee, a physician from Greenfield, will talk about the teen brain — what affects it and how to protect it — Feb. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Easthampton High School auditorium. Board certified in family and addiction medicine, she is being …

Exercise in aging effortlessly: Northampton senior citizens try tai chi

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tai chi practitioners may not look like they’re up to much except moving slowly into various poses, but try this martial art, and you may find something quite different than you expect. Yes, the moves are subtle — …

Health Events

Monday, February 8, 2016

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ALATEEN — Meeting for teens whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Meets first and second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton, entrance …

Steven Weinsier, MD: For women, heart health is a matter of life and death

Monday, February 8, 2016

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s responsible for 29 percent of deaths among women. The American Heart Association reports that cardiovascular disease and stroke together claim more than 400,000 lives each …

Super Bowl sliders: A little beer is a lot of flavor in these mini burgers

Big provisions are required to watch the big game, and nothing’s more substantial than a burger, even in its mini form — the slider. Indeed, if you plan to serve a variety of dishes for the Super Bowl, …

‘Four Sundays in February’ honors pioneering rock ‘n’ roller June Millington

The official name is “Four Sundays in February.” But as Steve Sanderson sees it, it’s really a month-long arts party. The longtime event, produced by the Northampton Arts Council, has traditionally featured a variety of art performances, held …

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VIDEO: Snowboarding on a flat field, thanks to a breeze

Gazette reporter Stephanie McFeeters caught up with Max Mascelloni Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was zipping around a field atop a snowboard, powered by the wind. The 31-year-old Amherst resident says the sport is popular in Europe. …

Federal panel recommends screening adolescents for depression

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or …