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Merging of two medical practices in Amherst leaves patients looking for new doctors, mourning loss of ‘personal touch’

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — A recent merger of a small medical practice in Amherst with a larger provider in town and a popular doctor’s retirement have left some patients scrambling to find new primary care physicians for their families. The decision by Cooley Dickinson Medical Group to combine the Amherst Family Practice, started by now-retired Dr. Anne Weaver in 2002, with Amherst Internal Medicine at 170 University Drive, is also causing some patients to express concern about a health care system that appears to put the bottom line before patient care. The new practice has been renamed Amherst Medical Associates. Amherst resident Sally Malsch believes the new …

Carter says cancer has spread to brain

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ATLANTA — With a broad smile and an upbeat attitude, former President Jimmy Carter told the world Thursday that he has cancer in his brain, and feels “perfectly at ease with whatever comes.” Carter said doctors had removed melanoma from his liver, but found four small tumors in his brain. Later Thursday, he …

Shutesbury native joins elite Centers for Disease Control team

Sunday, August 16, 2015

SHUTESBURY — During her education in Shutesbury and Amherst schools and eventually at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Alaine Knipes learned that she loved French and biology. Now, she uses her skills in both fields as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer — an elite group known as “disease detectives” — for the federal …

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Dick Tracy watches as Gene Tacy removes the fountain in Trinity Row Park  last week.

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A motorcyclist was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with serious injuries after this accident on North King Street in Northampton about 3 p.m. Friday.

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The move-in team at the University of Massachusetts brings incoming student's luggage into the dormitories Friday on the campus in Amherst.

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Health Advice

Health events: Area support groups, other resources

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF BEREAVEMENT — Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst periodically offers eight-week bereavement support groups open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. There is no fee; a phone interview is required. Call …

Obamacare transforms insurance picture

Monday, August 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — When the Affordable Care Act took effect in October 2013, there were 14 states in which more than 1 in 5 adults lacked health insurance; today only Texas remains, according to data released Monday. At the other end of the scale, only five states’ populations were …

Sunburn treatment: Can’t rush healing, but use these tips for comfort

Monday, August 3, 2015

“Unfortunately, there’s no fast-fix sunburn treatment. Once you have sunburn, the damage is done — although it may take 12 to 24 hours after sun exposure to know the full extent and severity of sunburn, and several days …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, August 3, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Heat and sleep Is heat robbing you of a good night’s sleep? Dr. Karin Johnson, director of the Sleep Lab at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, says studies done on room temperatures beneficial to sleep indicate that between 60 and …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, August 3, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS/DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES — Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 325A King St., Northampton. Call Robin at 917-533-5691 or Ro at 250-3050 AGING GRACEFULLY — A support group focusing on issues of …

How to overcome the fitness barriers

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sticking to a regular exercise schedule isn’t easy. After all, there are plenty of potential hindrances — time, boredom, injuries, self-confidence. But these issues don’t need to stand in your way. Darcy Reber, nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic …

The new tough teeth: Say goodbye to yesterday’s iffy dental implants

Monday, August 3, 2015

An apple a day may keep the doctor away for most people, but for Jolanta Garbarz, one bite of an apple used to send her straight to her dentist’s chair. “My teeth would break,” Garbarz said. So a …

Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa

Friday, July 31, 2015

LONDON — An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday. There is …

US health care, then and now

Thursday, July 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance. “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, July 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Hilltown health series The Hilltown Community Health Center is offering a free six-week series, “My Life, My Health” focusing on ways to manage on-going health conditions. Taught by certified trainers Diane Meehan and Janet Dimock, the workshops are designed to …