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Saint Francis to merge with Trinity Health

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford-based Saint Francis Care has announced plans to merge with Trinity Health and form a nonprofit regional health system in New England. Trinity is a national system of Roman Catholic health care institutions that already includes the Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, Massachusetts. The new regional system would include Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Mercy Medical Center in Springfield and several other smaller hospitals. …

Sierra Leone bans Christmas celebrations in effort to stop Ebola virus

Friday, December 12, 2014

Authorities in Sierra Leone have banned public Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola, according to local news reports. Paolo Conteh, who heads the country’s Ebola response, said troops would be deployed to prevent any street parties, and residents should spend the holidays at home, Sierra Leone’s Awoko newspaper reported Friday. “He sternly warned that there …

NY doctor opens office in Greenfield to certify patients for medical marijuana use

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — One doctor has set up shop on Federal Street to certify patients for medical marijuana just as the state has provisionally approved a dispensary downtown. Dr. Kwesi Ntiforo has opened DocsConsult Medical at 106 Federal St. in addition to his work as a part-time overnight hospitalist at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. …

Check it out: Area health events and news briefs

Monday, December 8, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com HIP AND KNEE PAIN TALK The common causes of hip and knee pain, along with treatment options, will be discussed by surgeon Daniel Sage, Dec. 18 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The free lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Dakin …

Womens’ Health: Tips for staying well during the holidays

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday season is upon us, a time for warmth and togetherness, good tidings and joy. Or, if you’re like many American women, a time for sniffly noses and sore throats, stress headaches and crushing fatigue. From holiday baking to shopping for gifts, many women take on extra time …

No pity, no opinions, just an empathetic ear from the ‘befriending’ volunteers at Cancer Connection in Northampton

Monday, December 8, 2014

When Sarah Malzone of Northampton was being treated for breast cancer in 2009, she was caring for her toddler daughter, balding and feeling isolated. While she felt lucky to have people in her life who loved and supported …

Athletes should pay extra attention to dental care, expert says

Monday, December 8, 2014

Everyone needs to take care of their teeth, but athletes can have a special burden. The sugary drinks, dry mouths, sweating and falling can each take a toll, some more than others, says Dr. Sharon Colvin, an athlete …

Area Support groups, health programs

Monday, December 8, 2014

SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS AGING GRACEFULLY — A support group focusing on issues of living fully, aging gracefully and befriending death meets alternate Mondays 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the South Deerfield Senior Center. Participants may attend occasionally or regularly. For more information, contact John Berkowitz at 413-325-4533 or …

Health spending growth slows to 3.6%

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — Health spending in the U.S. grew in 2013 at the slowest rate ever recorded, a new government study indicates, marking the extension of a historic slowdown in medical spending that began after the last recession. Total spending on health care increased just 3.6 percent last year …

Lifeline: Irina Ukrainets is hired to help Harriet Vageline of Belchertown with her personal care but their bond goes deep

Monday, December 1, 2014

Saying, “Good morning. I love you. It’s time to get up,” is not part of Irina Ukrainets’ job description. As a personal care assistant her duties include helping Harriet Lee Vageline bathe and dress. Ukrainets washes dishes, vacuums, …

Check it out: Upcoming health events in the Valley

Monday, December 1, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com WEIGHT LOSS: BEYOND DIETING Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, will describe various approaches to weight loss outside of diet and exercise Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The lecture is free and …

Ongoing support groups, health programs in the Valley

Monday, December 1, 2014

PHYSICAL WELL-BEING BLOOD PRESSURE — A walk-in blood pressure clinic for seniors is held on the first Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Free. For more information call 587-1228. CANCER — Cancer Connection, 41 Locust St., Northampton, …

Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, …