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Prevention is the best method, but using a cold compress against the skin or applying aloe or moisturizing cream can help ease the discomfort of sunburn. (Image courtesy Fotolia)

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 or more for your skin to begin to heal,” says Trent Anderson, Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician. In the meantime, …

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 67 degrees is ideal with temperatures exceeding 75 degrees and below 54 degrees as disruptive. …

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 living fully, aging gracefully and befriending death meets from September to May on alternate Mondays …

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Rebecca Hull of Amherst and her seven-year-old saluki, Tassle, pause to enjoy the cool air below Puffer's Pond dam during a walk in North Amherst on Sunday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Rebecca Hull of Amherst and her seven-year-old saluki, Tassle, pause to enjoy the cool air below Puffer's Pond dam during a walk in North Amherst on Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Kyle McGillvran, left, and Brian O'Sullivan, both graduate students in accounting at the University of Massachusetts, shoot hoops on a shady court near the UMass Research Administration building on Butterfield Terrace in Amherst on Sunday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Kyle McGillvran, left, and Brian O'Sullivan, both graduate students in accounting at the University of Massachusetts, shoot hoops on a shady court near the UMass Research Administration building on Butterfield Terrace in Amherst on Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton firefighter Andy Pelis, center, greets Northampton Police Sgt. Patrick Moody, in ball cap, following Northampton Fire Rescue's 16-8 loss to the Northampton Police Dept. in the first "Battle of the Badges" charity flag football game on Saturday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton firefighter Andy Pelis, center, greets Northampton Police Sgt. Patrick Moody, in ball cap, following Northampton Fire Rescue's 16-8 loss to the Northampton Police Dept. in the first "Battle of the Badges" charity flag football game on Saturday. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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 …

One in four people prescribed opioids progressed to longer-term prescriptions

Monday, July 27, 2015

Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first …

Brain circuits awry: Magnet currents heart of new treatment for depression

Monday, July 27, 2015

Depression lifted from Nick O’Madden’s life like a set of foggy glasses being wiped clean. Earlier this summer, O’Madden, 31, felt he was living in a distracted haze, sprinkled with nighttime panic attacks. Now, after undergoing an emerging …

health events

Monday, July 27, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING BREAST-FEEDING — The Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center offers breast feeding class. Upcoming dates can be obtained by calling the center. Pre-registration is necessary. Mothers’ partners are encouraged to attend, as both partners have a role …

Closing of 88-bed N.H. brain disorder center sends ripples across nation

Monday, July 27, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — When Tyler Richardson’s son hit puberty, the combination of hormones and new strength from a growth spurt added an element of danger to a long history of unpredictable behavior because of autism and severe anger …

Report: Teens’ morning-after pill use climbs

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NEW YORK — More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it’s easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive. A report released Wednesday shows teen use of the morning-after pill rose steadily …