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State Yo-Yo Contest at Eastworks Building in Easthampton Saturday

Thursday, April 24, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Yo-yo pros from around the New England will come to Easthampton Saturday to compete in the 10th annual Massachusetts State Yo-Yo Contest at the Eastworks Building. The event, put on by city businessman and national yo-yo master André Boulay, offers a total of $700 in cash prizes for the top three competitors and is open to youths and adults. It will also guest star national yo-yo champions and … 0

John Oliver recognizes the debt to Jon Stewart

Thursday, April 24, 2014

NEW YORK — When the time comes for a young bird to leave the nest, he’s often more than ready to go and doesn’t care too much what Papa Bird thinks. The analogy doesn’t apply to John Oliver, the former “Daily Show” featured player who debuts his new HBO topical series Sunday at … 0

Early tests in on two new drugs aimed at preventing migraines

Thursday, April 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Two drugs given to people who suffer migraines reduced the frequency of their headaches in early trials, scientists said. The test results “may potentially represent a new era in preventive therapy for migraine,” Dr. Peter Goadsby, an author on studies of both drugs, said in a statement. One of the researchers called migraine headaches the third most common medical disorder … 0

Prostate cancer options: waiting, surgery and more

Monday, April 21, 2014

The detection and treatment of prostate cancer is getting high tech. New sophisticated screenings, better tests for evaluating biopsied tissue and use of MRI-ultrasound fusion to accurately map prostate cancer are the latest advancements in detecting and treating the disease. “These are the things that are new and … 0

Health note: Rice helps healthy diet

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rice helps healthy diet A new study confirmed what billions of people know: Rice goes a long way in a healthy diet. Americans who consumed rice regularly tended to have healthier diets overall, according to new research. In … 0

Check it out: Skin cancer, health fair, babysitting

Monday, April 21, 2014

SKIN CANCER CLINIC A skin cancer screening clinic will be held May 13, organized by Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The clinic runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Identifying skin cancer early is important for a full recovery, but finding it is not always easy, experts say. Register … 0

Revisiting a debate: Long-term use of medications

Monday, April 21, 2014

When Robert Whitaker’s book, which questioned the extensive and long-term use of medications in psychiatry, was published in 2010, doctors treated him like a “heretic,” he said. So it has been something of a vindication that people like … 0

Women and hereditary cancers: assessing risk

Monday, April 21, 2014

Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and with each person’s experience there is a story. As you read on you will learn Jenna’s story. Although she is a fictional person, the path that leads … 0

Colo. marks pot holiday with public smoke-out

Sunday, April 20, 2014

DENVER — Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into … 0

A guessing situation

Friday, April 18, 2014

Guessing situations arise all the time, but the mark of a fine declarer is that he nearly always guesses correctly. For example, consider the spade combination here. South cannot lose a trick in the suit if the missing … 0

Coming Up

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER CAREGIVER STRESS — Bruce Bradley-Gilmore, a counselor with the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Caregivers Support Group, will speak at the Senior Center, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. Bradley-Gilmore’s group was featured in “Caregivers” a new book by local author Nell Lake. Copies will be available for … 0

Coming Up

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER LEGAL ISSUES for CAREGIVERS — Attorney Michelle Feinstein of Shatz, Schwartz & Fenton will speak at the Senior Center, May 9 at 1:30 p.m. Topics to be covered will be: planning for long-term care and Mass Health, durable power of attorney, and medical proxy. Open … 0

Pieces of the puzzle

Friday, April 18, 2014

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