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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, with the following schedules starting this week, with week one: NCTV Channel 12: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, 4 p.m.; …

Check it out: Health events to note in the Valley

Monday, November 17, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com AVOIDING STUFFING YOURSELF ON THANKSGIVING No one wants to be a Thanksgiving Scrooge, but the average holiday dinner can add up to a whopping 3,000 calories and another 1,500 calories from dips, drinks and other appetizers before and after the meal, according to the national Calorie Control Council. That is more than twice the average recommended daily caloric …

Marijuana backers like Maine for legalization

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine. The Pine Tree State has a long history with cannabis — Maine voters approved medical …

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Sara Pruss, associate professor of geosciences at Smith College, listens to a research presentation by students in her class, Invertebrate Paleontology and the History of Life, on Monday. At right is student Kenny Clark.

    KEVIN GUTTING Sara Pruss, associate professor of geosciences at Smith College, listens to a research presentation by students in her class, Invertebrate Paleontology and the History of Life, on Monday. At right is student Kenny Clark. Purchase photo reprints »

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Robert Saalfrank says grace at the Northampton Thanksgiving day meal.

    CAROL LOLLIS Robert Saalfrank says grace at the Northampton Thanksgiving day meal. Purchase photo reprints »

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back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves  Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

9 out of 10 problem drinkers aren’t alcoholics, study says

Friday, November 21, 2014

You might think that people who throw back five or more drinks in a single outing or who down 15 or more drinks in a week are likely to be alcoholics. But a new study finds that the overwhelming majority of them are not. Only one out of …

Key players in medical marijuana industry air implications in community forum

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Panelists at a forum on medical marijuana Wednesday discussed the various complexities of using pot medically, from the legality of growing it to finding the right dosage and knowing when it is and isn’t safe to …

Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTMINSTER — A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular …

The scourge of substance abuse: South Hadley community members huddle to plan attack on drugs, alcohol

Monday, November 17, 2014

Drug and alcohol abuse not only ruins individual lives but can also undermine the whole community. That was a key message delivered during an afternoon of small- and large-group discussions at a retreat last week organized by the …

Check it out: Health events to note in the Valley

Monday, November 17, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com REPRODUCTIVE, SEXUAL HEALTH CLINIC OFFERED Tapestry Health Systems of Northampton has begun offering a free monthly reproductive and sexual health walk-in clinic at the Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Road, Amherst. A counselor and a clinician are now available the first Tuesday of …

Northampton forum to air medical marijuana issues Wednesday

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Medical marijuana dispensaries will soon open around the commonwealth, including in Northampton and Greenfield. On Wednesday, a panel of experts will address the related medical and legal issues in a community forum hosted by WHMP Radio, the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Northampton Community Television. The forum …

Surgeon diagnosed with Ebola heads to US for care

Friday, November 14, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said. Dr. Martin Salia …

CDC: One in five US high school students has smoked in past 30 days

Friday, November 14, 2014

One-fifth of the nation’s high school students say they have smoked in the past 30 days, and nearly half of them admit to having experimented with smoking at least once in their lives, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, …

Opioid Task Force asks local government leaders to focus attention on abuse

Friday, November 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small-town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble Thursday night presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to members …

Forum at Northampton Senior Center examines ethics behind end-of-life decisions

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bob and Patricia Lynch are thinking a lot about death these days. The South Hadley couple has spent the last several years discussing what they want to happen after they die, what their funerals will be like and where their ashes will be kept after they …