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Otto Coleman, 6, waits outside the Governor's office with his brother Fenton, 4, left, and father Joshua, to deliver a stack of petitions with thousands of signatures calling on California Gov. Jerry Brown to veto a measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated Monday, June 29, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. The state Senate approved the bill sending it to Brown. Joshua Coleman said his son has been wheelchair bound as a result of an adverse reaction to a vaccine. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Calif. Legislature passes strict school vaccine bill

Monday, June 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland. The Senate reaffirmed the bill striking California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations on a 24-14 vote. Mississippi and West Virginia are the only two states …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pleases send notices to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Supersitters Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton is offering a class for kids, ages 12 and up, to learn baby-sitting basics. It will take place July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The session will cover infant care — including handling, feeding and diapering — as well as fire safety, first aid, when and whom to call for …

Dancing with Parkinson’s: How rhythmic movements help relieve symptoms

Monday, June 29, 2015

To at least half of the 10 people gathered for Fritha Pengelly’s dance class at Thornes Marketplace in Northampton on a recent Tuesday afternoon, just getting there was a challenge. Some of them have trouble controlling their limbs. Others have an unsteady gait or a difficult time with their balance. Yet here they …

  • DAN LITTLE
Josephine Sarnelli, left, and Jeff Lander perform Victorian era dances on the front lawn of the Amherst Historical Museum Saturday with the Small Planet Dancers performance group in Amherst.

    DAN LITTLE Josephine Sarnelli, left, and Jeff Lander perform Victorian era dances on the front lawn of the Amherst Historical Museum Saturday with the Small Planet Dancers performance group in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Mark Strszko of Northampton trims a year's worth of new growth from the top of a euonymus alatus, or burning bush, on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton for a client on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Mark Strszko of Northampton trims a year's worth of new growth from the top of a euonymus alatus, or burning bush, on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton for a client on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Quincy Biddle finishes her last lap of a walking program at Jackson Street School where she completed over 100 miles. Behind her is Lizzie Broduer.

    CAROL LOLLIS Quincy Biddle finishes her last lap of a walking program at Jackson Street School where she completed over 100 miles. Behind her is Lizzie Broduer. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Health Events

Monday, June 29, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF LGBT BEREAVEMENT GROUP — The Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst offers a bereavement support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender adults who have experienced the death of a life partner or spouse. For more …

Resources

Monday, June 29, 2015

Massachusetts Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association www.apdama.org www.apdama.org/wcms/resources www.apdama.org/wcms/support-groups (800) 651-8466 Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups of Western Mass. • PDSG - WM PO Box 3 Hadley, MA 01035 584-2192 or email ruthie.pdsg@gmail.com • First Wednesday each month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jewish Community Center 1160 …

Quinn on Nutrition: No one best diet for diabetes patients, just ‘patterns’ of healthy eating

Monday, June 29, 2015

What’s the best diet for people with diabetes? It’s not an easy one-size-fits all, we were told at the scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Boston recently. In fact, many of the experts at this meeting said the answer may not be in one specific diet. …

For more on Tzivia Gover

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

For more information about Tzivia Gover, go to www.thirdhousemoon.com or tziviagover.com. To listen to a podcast of a recent interview with Gover on “Unfiltered,” a show on radio station WHMP hosted by Rene Kane, Joan Holliday and Dr. Mary Kane, go to whmp.com. …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, June 22, 2015

Please send notices to Debra Scherban at dscherban@gazettenet.com. Walking Rendezvous Northampton wellness coach Barry Bouthilette is organizing a Walking Rendezvous at Look Park in Florence June 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include a walk around the park, music by the SilverTone5, entertainment for children, …

Exploring dreamland: Therapist Tzivia Gover helps make sense of the sleeping mind’s messages

Monday, June 22, 2015

You’ve had the dream. You know the one. You walk into school, or get up before an audience to give a presentation ... and realize you aren’t wearing a stitch of clothing. (Or in a modified version I …

Health Events

Monday, June 15, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS SEPARATION AND DIVORCE — A support group for those dealing with separation or divorce meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call 584-0339. SMART RECOVERY — A program for …

Michael Hutton-Woodland of Amherst new director of REACH program for developmentally delayed children

Monday, June 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sometimes rolling a baby onto its stomach can make a big difference. Sometimes practice rolling a ball or grasping a pencil is all the help a baby needs to catch up developmentally to its peers. “When …

US birth rate finally rises, thanks to older moms

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The nation’s birth rate rose 1 percent last year as parents in the U.S. welcomed nearly 4 million babies into the world, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That increase may not sound like much, but it’s the first time the …

State launches opioid awareness campaign

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is launching a public awareness campaign aimed at educating parents about the warning signs of opioid abuse. Gov. Charlie Baker says the campaign begins Wednesday and will run throughout the summer on television and online. The state has also launched a new website: www.mass.gov/StopAddiction. …