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Health

Check it out: Area health briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com End of life care Members of area faith communities will gather at the First Baptist Church of Amherst Saturday to discuss how clergy, lay caregivers and hospice and palliative care services work together at the end of an individual’s life. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is co-sponsored by the Baptist church and …

Researchers scan healthy brains for dementia signs

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer’s, but the suspects are its two hallmarks — the gunky amyloid in those brain plaques or …

Cooley Dickinson continues staffing changes, eliminating two administrative positions, adding another

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital is eliminating two more high-level positions as it continues to review and restructure its operations, the Gazette learned this week. The hospital also added a new director’s-level position in March. The hospital plans to eliminate the post of administrative director of clinical services and a position in its …

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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz presents Helen Krok Backiel, who will turn 100-years-old on June 10, with a certificate as the eldest living alumnus of Bridge Street School on the occasion of the school building's 100-year anniversary Friday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz presents Helen Krok Backiel, who will turn 100-years-old on June 10, with a certificate as the eldest living alumnus of Bridge Street School on the occasion of the school building's 100-year anniversary Friday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Joseph Rex, left, and Wade Vandoloski of Four Rex Farm in Hadley prepare a dusty field near Hopkins Academy to prepare fields for growing watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers on Friday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Joseph Rex, left, and Wade Vandoloski of Four Rex Farm in Hadley prepare a dusty field near Hopkins Academy to prepare fields for growing watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ralph Taylor, left, district manager for the MassWildlife Connecticut Valley District Office, is helped by members of the Amherst Schools facilities department and Massachusetts Environmental Police in guiding a netted and immobilized moose out of a field behind Amherst Regional High School on Friday morning. The eyes of the juvenile moose were covered to keep it calm.

    KEVIN GUTTING Ralph Taylor, left, district manager for the MassWildlife Connecticut Valley District Office, is helped by members of the Amherst Schools facilities department and Massachusetts Environmental Police in guiding a netted and immobilized moose out of a field behind Amherst Regional High School on Friday morning. The eyes of the juvenile moose were covered to keep it calm. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, May 18, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Benefits for seniors Northampton Senior Services and Senior Center has received a three-year grant for a pilot program to assist elders in acquiring benefits that will help them remain independent. The program, called Benefits Counseling, relies on community members to work one-on-one with …

Health Events: Support groups, resources

Monday, May 18, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ FOOD ISSUES OVEREATER’S ANONYMOUS — Every Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Pelham Library. Accessible. Beginners, Step, writing and reflection. WEIGHT LOSS — TOPS, an organization with the goal of supporting people in the struggle of weight loss, …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, May 11, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS EXPRESSION THROUGH MOVEMENT — Open to female-identified survivors of sexual assault who are Five College Students or residents of Hampshire County. Survivors of sexual violence sometimes feel physically numb. This group employs movement to tap …

‘Minute Clinic’: Pharmacy provides quick care to supplement doctors’ hours

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sitting on a folding chair in a small room at the back of CVS/ Pharmacy in Northampton, Christopher Meoli of Northborough had the sleeve of his T-shirt rolled up waiting for the needle family nurse practitioner Connie Turner …

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, May 11, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Women vets clinic open All women veterans are invited to attend the ribbon cutting Thursday at 1 p.m. to officially open the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System Women’s Health Clinic, 421 Main St., Leeds. The new clinic provides care for women in …

The first gynecological exam: What you should know

Monday, May 11, 2015

(Note: This column first ran five years ago. It has been updated by the author.) A young woman can be filled with anxiety and fear during her first gynecological examination. These fears are typically based on embarrassment or inaccurate information about what the exam feels like and what …

Liberia celebrates end of Ebola

Sunday, May 10, 2015

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Drumbeats echoed across Liberia’s capital on Sunday as Christian leaders heeded the president’s call to celebrate the eradication of Ebola in the country following a horrific outbreak that claimed more than 4,700 lives in …

Study: Measles vaccine may have other benefits

Thursday, May 7, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years. It’s long been known that contracting measles …

Death of SurveyMonkey chief executive David Goldberg prompts safety reminders about treadmills

Thursday, May 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though treadmill-related injuries are few and far between despite the recent death of a high-tech executive while exercising in Mexico, fitness experts advise their clients to be vigilant when using the popular cardio machine. “It’s one …

New England Health Center in Sunderland receives poor government inspection reports

Thursday, May 7, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A Sunderland nursing home has received some poor government inspection reports since it was purchased by an out-of-state company three years ago. The federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, which oversee both the federal Medicare program and quality standards in nursing homes, has given the …