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VA hospitals compare well on death, readmission rates

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CHICAGO — Veterans’ hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions — heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions. Chances for dying or being readmitted within 30 days of treatment for those conditions varied only slightly for patients hospitalized within the VA system versus at outside hospitals, the 2010-2013 study found. The results …

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. …

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 …

Dr. Willie Parker champions well-being of women at Abortion Rights Fund event in Amherst

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST – A doctor described as a “hero” of reproductive rights told an Amherst audience Saturday that while he is targeted by abortion opponents, he is not “pro-abortion.” “I provide abortions as a health care necessity that women …

Noble Hospital apologizes for communication breakdown in colonoscope disinfection lapse

Friday, February 5, 2016

WESTFIELD — After Noble Hospital staff members corrected a safety breach in April 2013, one or more of them failed to take the important next step — notifying senior hospital officials, according to the results of an internal …

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

Friday, February 5, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with …

Life at Zika epicenter a struggle for afflicted family

Friday, January 29, 2016

RECIFE, Brazil — Around the fifth month of her pregnancy, Daniele Ferreira dos Santos fell ill with a high fever and angry red splotches on her skin. She soon recovered. But weeks later, when she went to the …

Following news of Baystate Noble disinfection lapse, patients undergo screening, consider legal action

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WESTFIELD — Kathy Pitoniak wasn’t too keen on the idea of a colonoscopy. But, as a screening doctors recommend to everyone above 50, she figured it was a necessary step and “rite of passage.” Her 2012 procedure showed …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, January 25, 2016

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Gala for autism Dust off those fancy holiday outfits one more time. Community Resources for People with Autism is holding its 7th annual Stepping Out for Autism fundraising gala Saturday at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The evening will …