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CAROL LOLLIS
left, Avital Carlis administrative director of the cancer center and Mark Novotny, Vice president Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, talk about the new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson.

Construction of new cancer center to begin at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The first highly visible sign that a new era in cancer treatment is dawning at Cooley Dickinson Hospital will roll onto the hospital grounds Monday morning in the form of a 200-ton crane. Over a seven-day span, construction crews will use the crane to position 108 steel beams onto the roof of what will become part of the …

Many African-Americans fall into a health ‘coverage gap’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of people of color who do not have health insurance is projected to fall dramatically by 2016, greatly narrowing the historic disparities in coverage between whites and nonwhites. But one minority group is likely to benefit less than others: African-Americans. Fifty-five percent of all African-Americans reside in the 23 states that have not …

Medicare to transform how it pays doctors, hospitals

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration outlined ambitious new goals Monday to transform over the next four years the way that the gargantuan Medicare program pays doctors and hospitals, rewarding providers that achieve better outcomes for patients rather than those that just do more. The move away from so-called fee-for-service medicine is a central, if little recognized, goal of the Affordable Care Act, which …

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Kiera Seaver, 12 of Hopedale receives help working on her electric light-up bracelet from Tiffany Hua, a mechanical engineering student at UMass while Maya Nolling, 12 of Hopedale puts on her finished necklace Saturday January 31 at Marcus Hall

    MATT BURKHARTT Kiera Seaver, 12 of Hopedale receives help working on her electric light-up bracelet from Tiffany Hua, a mechanical engineering student at UMass while Maya Nolling, 12 of Hopedale puts on her finished necklace Saturday January 31 at Marcus Hall Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS

Steve Holt cuts  cuts a marked tree down in  the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd.  in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled.

    CAROL LOLLIS Steve Holt cuts cuts a marked tree down in the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd. in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Despite its weak record in stopping the flu this season, doctors still say, Get the shot

Monday, January 26, 2015

While federal health officials say this year’s flu vaccine is less effective than in previous years, local doctors and nurses encourage people to get vaccinated anyway. “The flu shot and good hygiene are still your best frontline at …

Area Health Briefs

Monday, January 26, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com BAYSTATE HEART SERIES Baystate Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Health free lecture series runs each Sunday next month beginning Feb.1 with “Heart Failure: What Is It, How Do I Know if I Have It, and What Can I Do if I Develop It?” …

WHO adopts reforms after bungling Ebola

Sunday, January 25, 2015

GENEVA — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. On Sunday, several dozen of …

California measles outbreak expands to 78 cases; more likely

Friday, January 23, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The measles outbreak centered in California continues to expand, with officials now confirming 78 cases of the illness in seven states and Mexico. The California Department of Public Health said there are now 68 cases in the state — 48 that have been directly …

Heart surgeon killed at Boston hospital is laid to rest

Friday, January 23, 2015

WELLESLEY — The widow of a cardiac surgeon gunned down at a Boston hospital told hundreds at his funeral Friday he was well liked by patients and it was difficult to believe his death came at the hands of a patient’s son. The service for Dr. Michael Davidson …

Overcoming the odds: Jim Egan of Easthampton has his life back after unlikely kidney transplant

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — James “Jim” Egan III of Loudville Road had been hoping for a kidney transplant since an extremely rare autoimmune disease killed his kidney function over four years ago. But his doctors told him that due to …

Measles not limited to the unvaccinated

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — As the measles outbreak that began at Disneyland grew to at least 70 cases Wednesday, much of the attention has focused on how the vast majority of patients were not vaccinated for the highly contagious disease. But some medical experts have also expressed concern …

Fla. boy’s likely circumcision spurs legal battle, protests

Monday, January 19, 2015

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — An estranged Florida couple’s fight over whether to circumcise their son has become a rallying cry for those who denounce the procedure as barbaric. The dispute between Heather Hironimus, the mother opposing circumcision, and …

Do ‘the Michael Jackson’: Pool exercises help joint recovery, overall fitness

Monday, January 19, 2015

Any athlete will tell you: Rest and recovery are critical to any workout regimen. John Platero, director of education for the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers, created this three-move pool circuit to provide a recovery workout that …

How to stay fit in your 60s and beyond

Monday, January 19, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Dr. Jamie Peters counsels his patients on fitness for the aging, and Denis Nagan is the model patient. Nagan, 69, has been active in sports or fitness since grade school. Peters is a sports medicine specialist …