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Jaime Caron of Northampton to run reopened central region Department of Children and Families office in Worcester

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jaime Caron, a Northampton resident and longtime Department of Children and Families employee, has been selected to lead a central regional office the agency is reestablishing in January. Budget cuts led the child welfare agency to close the central office in 2009 and merge it with the western Massachusetts regional office, which then became responsible for more than half of the agency’s geography and cases. The reinstated central …

Team of Pioneer Valley medical professionals will travel to Uganda in January

Monday, November 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On a trip to Uganda in 2011, Dr. Ann Markes instructed local midwives and medical professionals to write a song about treating infant dehydration and diarrhea. She expected the group to create a short tune about the process of making the rehydrating fluid to treat the condition. Instead, they created a …

Cancer Q&A: How to approach telling others that you have cancer

Monday, November 30, 2015

Telling friends and family you have cancer can be as stressful as hearing the diagnosis from your doctor. You are carrying a big weight on your shoulders, but telling people about your diagnosis can ease that burden. Also, this is a time when you are going to need the comfort and support of friends and family. How do you tell your partner, your …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, November 30, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Cervical cancer talk set Dr. Alejandro Rauh-Hain, gynecologic oncologist from the Mass General Cancer Center, will give a lecture on cervical cancer screening Thursday in Conference Room B at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton. The talk, which …

Nature’s power: Bar X Project helps veterans heal in a pristine landscape

Monday, November 30, 2015

The driver should have known better. He was getting too close. The U.S. Marines in Iraq’s Anbar province watched warily as the vehicle crept up on their convoy. They’d seen comrades killed by suicide bombers, IEDs and snipers …

HEALTH EVENTS: Support Groups, Resources

Monday, November 30, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ FOOD ISSUES OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS — Overeating, under-eating, eating compulsively? This group meets Mondays at noon, First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton. OVEREATER’S ANONYMOUS — Every Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Pelham Library. Accessible. Beginners, Step, writing and …

HIV-positive doctor says his dog saved his life

Sunday, November 29, 2015

CHICAGO — Rob Garofalo was devastated. He’d built his medical and research career on helping young AIDS patients. Then he learned that he, too, was HIV-positive. The news came after he’d already survived kidney cancer and a breakup …

Some 6,000 participants expected at 12th annual Hot Chocolate Run to support Safe Passage in Northampton

Saturday, November 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Some 6,000 participants are expected in the 12th annual Hot Chocolate Run to support Safe Passage on Dec. 6. The event begins at 9 a.m. behind Northampton Brewery will include a 2-mile walk, a 5K fun …

Planned Parenthood sues Texas over denial of Medicaid funds

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Planned Parenthood and 10 of its patients sued the state of Texas on Monday to block officials from cutting off Medicaid funds, calling the state’s actions “political” and part of a long-term pattern of denying reproductive health care to women. “Women in Texas today have fewer rights than …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, November 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Oncologist joins CDH Deborah Smith, a medical oncologist, has joined Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Hematology Oncology. She is now seeing patients in the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton and has closed her …

Health Events: Support groups, resources

Monday, November 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING CANCER — The Holyoke Medical Center Oncology Department holds an ongoing cancer support group on the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The group meets in the Fran Como Conference Room, located …

Warning: Diabetes targets the heart: Follow the rules and live longer

Monday, November 23, 2015

His diabetes diagnosis in 1990 was a slap in the face for Robb Ensign, 47, who recalled that “it came out of nowhere; no one in my family had it.” From Day 1, though, he decided “to control …

Quinn on Nutrition: Do apples keep potatoes from sprouting? It’s complicated.

Monday, November 23, 2015

We know how life goes. One minute we’re happily intrigued with some new information. And the next moment, we’re scratching our heads saying, “Really?” So goes what I thought would be a slam dunk column featuring very cool …