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A man walks outside of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The Cartoon Art Museum will be leaving its home in downtown San Francisco at the end of June, but staff doesn't know where it will go next. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Hawaii to set legal smoking age at age 21

Friday, April 24, 2015

HONOLULU — A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor. It’s unclear whether Gov. David Ige will sign the measure, and an Ige spokeswoman said he wasn’t immediately available for comment. The bill would prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, April 20, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Getting back in shape Ease into spring sports. That’s the recommendation of Dr. Julio Martinez-Silvestrini, sports medicine specialist and medical director at Baystate Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Springfield. “Getting yourself back in shape to play sports isn’t something that happens overnight,” he said in a prepared statement. Ideally, conditioning for a return to spring sports for both …

Health Events:Local support groups, resourses

Monday, April 20, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING BREAST-FEEDING — The LaLeche League of Northampton meets on the first Friday of the month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Cradle on the third floor of Thornes Marketplace, Northampton. Call 586-5627 or contact Rosemary McNaughton at rosemarylll@mac.com. BREAST-FEEDING — The Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center offers a monthly breast feeding …

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Richard Hayden of Marois Construction guides a stone section from the front steps of the Hampshire County Courthouse as it's removed for renovation Thursday in Northampton.

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Wayne Smith, who served two tours in Vietnam as an Army medic, speaks Thursday during "The Conflicting Legacies of the Vietnam War: Why They Still Matter" in Goodell Hall at UMass.

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Gus Mason and David Sullivan at a speak out at Umass against student debt.

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Health Advice

The destructive power of painkillers: UMass event shines a light on epidemic addiction

Monday, April 20, 2015

Addressing about 100 students and community members, University of Massachusetts Health Services physician Maria Gallo asked how many knew somebody who had taken a prescription drug for recreation. About 70 hands went up. It might not have been …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital mum about departure of Jeanne Ryan, vice president and hospice director

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jeanne M. Ryan, who was hired in 2007 to lead Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice — and recently promoted to vice president of post-acute care in addition to the hospice post, no longer works at the hospital. Cooley Dickinson spokeswoman Julia Sorensen, chief marketing and communications …

Stranger danger: Study raises worries about ordering breast milk online

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When a blood clot in her brain prevented Jesi Paschen from nursing her second daughter, she turned to what she believed was the next best thing: breast milk from another mother. The 27-year-old mom wanted newborn Radlee, now …

Quinn on Nutrition: Eggs may be back in dietary favor

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Can we really put eggs back in our shopping carts without fearing that we’ll drop dead with a heart attack? Perhaps, according to a report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that will be used to draft the …

Oddly named ‘exploding head syndrome’ disrupts college students’ sleep

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nearly one in five college students may suffer from “exploding head syndrome,” a psychological condition in which people are abruptly awakened from sleep by imaginary loud noises or blasts. That’s according to Washington State University researchers who have …

Women’s Health: Here’s the skinny on dense breasts

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You knew breasts came in all sizes, shapes, and colors. But did you know they also come in varying degrees of density? If you haven’t heard of dense breasts, you’re not alone. In January when a Massachusetts law went into effect that required mammography providers to inform women …

State to ease pot shop licensing

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts health officials are streamlining the way the state issues licenses under its Medical Marijuana Dispensary program to prevent delays in treatment for those who qualify for it. Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel on Wednesday said the licensing system has been “a confusing, overly …

Migraine studies yield fresh approaches to ward off pain

Monday, April 6, 2015

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you’ve got plenty of company. More than 10 percent of the population is hurting right along with you, including 18 percent of women. Migraines are most common from the ages of 25 …

Cesarean bonding: More hospitals allowing close contact with babies after C-sections

Monday, April 6, 2015

Minutes after taking her first breath outside the womb, Kathryn “Katie” Marie Wilusz cuddled on her mom’s bare chest, gazing in the direction of her voice. Dad sat close by, dressed in scrubs, as she wrapped a tiny …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, April 6, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com CDH now offers tub for labor A new hydrotherapy tub, providing comfort for laboring women, is now available in Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Childbirth Center in Northampton. Gabriel Kennedy Costa, the first to use it March 25 during the birth of her son, Theodore …