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Study: Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2000 advised parents to keep peanuts far, far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them. But a new study suggests that advice did more harm than good. A long-awaited clinical trial found that small children who avoided peanuts for the …

More use IUDs, implants for birth control

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IUDs and implants are safe, reliable, long-acting and reversible forms of birth control. Now there’s a new attribute to add to this list: increasingly popular. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that American women are embracing these contraceptive devices. In the last decade, their use has increased nearly fivefold, with 7.2 percent of women ages 15 …

Uninsured rate hit new low in 2014

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama’s health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the share of adults without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in …

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college.

    JERREY ROBERTS Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Northampton residents Andres Wilson and his 3-year-old daughter, Eden Wilson color together at Forbes library in the children's  section Wednesday evening.

    CAROL LOLLIS Northampton residents Andres Wilson and his 3-year-old daughter, Eden Wilson color together at Forbes library in the children's section Wednesday evening. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, February 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst is seeking volunteers to make weekend visits to the hospice at 1165 North Pleasant St. The volunteers will help with welcoming guests, providing support for residents, family and friends, preparing meals, gardening and running …

Anti-vaccine mothers air views amid backlash

Sunday, February 22, 2015

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse. These three mothers — all of them educated, middle-class professionals — are among the …

Medical tool implicated in ‘superbug’ outbreak

Thursday, February 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A “superbug” outbreak suspected in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients is raising disturbing questions about the design of a hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than half a million people in the …

The Death Cafe: Gatherings over tea and cake focus on death in order to enhance life

Monday, February 16, 2015

At a recent gathering in a second-story studio in downtown Northampton, Daniel Lombardo of Westhampton read a story about twin fetuses discussing life after birth. One thinks there will be life after delivery, related Lombardo, while the other …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, February 16, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Diaper drive underway A community coalition led by the Amherst Survival Center and Family Outreach of Amherst is conducting a Diaper Drive through April 6. The goal is to collect donations of (or the funds to buy) 18,000 disposable diapers and 54,000 diaper …

Brain stents show promise for strokes

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear a blood clot in the brain, greatly lowering the risk a patient will end …

Chronic fatigue gets a new name hello SEID

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — Doctors are getting a new way to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome — and influential government advisers say it’s time to replace that hated name, too, to show it’s a real and debilitating disease. The Institute of …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com MEASLES VACCINE URGED For Dr. J. Michael Klatte, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, there should be no debate about the measles vaccination. “When it comes to measles ... you must vaccinate,” he said in a prepared statement …

Health events: Area support groups,workshops, resources

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF EMPTY ARMS — A support group for parents who have lost babies before, during or shortly after birth meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. A core …

Juicing: Trend to drink fruits and veggies growing though benefits questioned

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A year ago, trendistas were snuggling up to juice bars all over Los Angeles to cleanse, reset, detox and glow a little. Today, things are only busier in the world of juice — and I don’t mean Minute …