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Health

Diemand Egg Farm in Wendell cancels annual Easter event because of concerns over bird flu

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WENDELL — The Easter Bunny will skip his annual trip to Diemand Egg Farm, playing it safe amid reported cases of bird flu elsewhere in the country. The farm has held an Easter egg hunt for 10 years, drawing as many as 700 people annually. Reports of avian influenza in the Midwest and Western U.S. have caused enough concern to cancel the popular event, scheduled for Saturday. It’s not to …

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, March 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Diaper Drive continues The Amherst Area Diaper Drive has collected 12,616 diapers, reaching over two-thirds of its 18,000 diaper goal. As the drive, led by the Amherst Survival Center and Family Outreach of Amherst, heads into its final weeks, it has grown with 17 locations for diaper drop-offs. Those locations include stores, religious organizations, businesses, public libraries, and …

The annual Relay for Life cancer fundraiser at Look Park in Florence seeks volunteers

Monday, March 23, 2015

The following is the second in a series of monthly stories about participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County, a fundraiser which takes place June 19 to 20 in Look Park in Florence. Heather Touchette, 18, of Ludlow is a member of the Event Leadership Team for the …

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Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water. Purchase photo reprints »

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left, Pete Rogers, of Amherst, and Michael Matis, of Amherst talk during a weekly luncheon for homeless veterans at the World War II club in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Pete Rogers, of Amherst, and Michael Matis, of Amherst talk during a weekly luncheon for homeless veterans at the World War II club in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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 Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Health events: Workshops, support groups, resources

Monday, March 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING GENTLE MOVEMENT —and Yoga classes for Parkinson’s Disease with Donna Brooks. Improves coordination, dexterity, strength, balance, motor control and rapidity. Fun filled classes: Wednesdays: 9:30 to 10:30 emphasizes Yoga and relaxation. 11 a.m. to noon emphasizes …

Pushing through pain: New back treatments keep patients on the move

Monday, March 23, 2015

After he had battled lower back pain for three months with hot showers, analgesic heat rubs and heating pads, it finally happened. Chris Roth awoke one morning barely able to move. This was a huge problem for Roth. …

Governor’s task force hears that long-term treatment needed to battle opioids

Thursday, March 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and other members of the governor’s Opioid Crisis Working Group heard three hours of testimony Thursday on the western Massachusetts stop of their listening tour. The group by …

Aid workers flown home for Ebola monitoring

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NEW YORK — Four more American aid workers arrived back in the United States on Tuesday from West Africa to be monitored for Ebola, health officials said. The latest arrivals bring to 15 the number of aid workers …

‘The Way to Go’: Amherst author Marietta Pritchard's book illuminates a gentle end through Hospice of the Fisher Home stories

Monday, March 16, 2015

Recently, on a gloriously sunny, spring-like morning, author Marietta Pritchard, stood in the kitchen of the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst, fixing herself a cup of tea, talking about how she would like to die. “I’ve …

US health workers exit Sierra Leone over Ebola

Sunday, March 15, 2015

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Ten health care workers with a Boston-based nonprofit organization responding to Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak are to be evacuated to the United States after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease. …

New coalition to fight opioid addiction in Hampshire County may offer Narcan at Walgreens

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Narcan, the nasal spray that can reverse an opiate overdose, may soon be available to addicts or their loved ones at Walgreens pharmacies in Northampton and Greenfield as part of the efforts of coalitions fighting heroin …

Women’s Health: How being mindful eases stress, enhances life

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

As our lives get increasingly busy and demanding, women, especially, suffer from more anxiety and depression. In a recent study of Canadian women, those conditions were among the most frequently reported health problems. A 2004 study by Spanish researcher Pilar Matud, which looked at 3,000 men and women, …

Liberia releases last Ebola patient

Thursday, March 5, 2015

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free. “I am one of the happiest human beings today on …

UN: World needs to cut down on sugar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LONDON — New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone’s sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to …