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FILE - In this July 30, 1965 file photo, President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law while former President Harry S. Truman, right, observes during a ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo. At rear are Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and former first lady Bess Truman. When Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law Americans 65 and older were the age group least likely to have health insurance.  (AP Photo)

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 of modern medicine,” Johnson said at the bill signing. “No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so …

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 help those with high blood pressure, arthritis, heart problems, stroke, COPD, cancer and diabetes among …

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 time progressed to long-term prescriptions. The answer: 1 in 4. People with histories of tobacco …

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Holly Perry, left, and Jim Seltzer of Easthampton take their dogs, Holmes, a five-month-old blue pointer mix standing at the bow, and Luddy, right, a seven-month-old terrier mix, on a cruise around Elwell Island in the Connecticut River at Northampton on Wednesday. It was the first time aboard a kayak for the pups, who were fitted out with their own personal flotation devices. It was a successful maiden voyage and they seemed to take to the crafts - save for a few concerned vocalizations heard from Holmes.

    KEVIN GUTTING Holly Perry, left, and Jim Seltzer of Easthampton take their dogs, Holmes, a five-month-old blue pointer mix standing at the bow, and Luddy, right, a seven-month-old terrier mix, on a cruise around Elwell Island in the Connecticut River at Northampton on Wednesday. It was the first time aboard a kayak for the pups, who were fitted out with their own personal flotation devices. It was a successful maiden voyage and they seemed to take to the crafts - save for a few concerned vocalizations heard from Holmes. Purchase photo reprints »

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Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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 …

What does it mean to be a man? The Healthy Men and Boys Network of Western Massachusetts seeks answers, plans course for change

Monday, July 20, 2015

A young boy goes into a doctor’s office for his annual physical. It’s fall, and flu season is coming, so his mother request a vaccination for him. The boy looks frightened as the nurse prepares the shot, but …

Quinn on nutrition: How to court freedom from fractures

Monday, July 20, 2015

A friend and I were talking about our families and how our parents fared in their later years. “My mom was doing great,” my friend said. “Then she fell and broke her hip..” According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), one in two women and up to one …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, July 20, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Cognitive health Caitlin Anable from Bay Path University in Longmeadow is presenting a series of sessions at the Northampton Senior Services & Senior Center focused on enhancing health and cognition. The series, called “Success Does Not Stop Growing,” will …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, July 20, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ VISION, SPEECH AND HEARING VISION — A low-vision support group meets regularly from March through December on the first Wednesday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Transportation provided; …

Colo. nixes marijuana as PTSD treatment

Friday, July 17, 2015

DENVER — Colorado is known for pushing boundaries on marijuana, but health officials’ decision to reject pot as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder shows the issue is far from settled. Voters have made marijuana legal for both …

‘Food is medicine’: Diagnosis produced lifestyle change and a switch to ‘veganic’ growing

Monday, July 13, 2015

Before the diagnosis, and long before any thoughts about “veganic farming,” Janet McKee was devoting physical and mental energy to a frenzied corporate career. That lifestyle caught up with her when she learned she had ulcerative colitis — …