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In this photo taken May 19, 2015, Judith Chase Gilbert, of Arlington, Va., is loaded into a PET scanner by Nuclear Medicine Technologist J.R. Aguilar at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Gilbert shows no signs of memory problems but volunteered for a new kind of scan as part of a study peeking into healthy brains to check for clues about Alzheimer's disease.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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 tangles of a protein named tau that …

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 …

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 seniors to help them enroll in programs like no-interest loans and grants for home repair, …

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Ben Gilsdorf of Amherst, a 10th-grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 500, salutes during the Amherst Memorial Day observances.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Ben Gilsdorf of Amherst, a 10th-grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 500, salutes during the Amherst Memorial Day observances. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
A building at the former Belchertiown State School is torn down last week. An 83-unit, assisted-living facility is planned for the site.

    CAROL LOLLIS A building at the former Belchertiown State School is torn down last week. An 83-unit, assisted-living facility is planned for the site. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
United States Marine Corps veterans Tony Krzynowek, from left, James Zedonis and Army veteran Celias Barayon salute while the Star Spangled Banner plays Monday during a Memorial Day ceremony in Easthampton.

    DAN LITTLE United States Marine Corps veterans Tony Krzynowek, from left, James Zedonis and Army veteran Celias Barayon salute while the Star Spangled Banner plays Monday during a Memorial Day ceremony in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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 …

‘Invisible Chains’: Amherst psychologist’s new book sheds light on emotional abuse

Monday, May 4, 2015

In her recently published book, Amherst psychologist Lisa Aronson Fontes writes of a couple, Mandy and Tom, who were married after a whirlwind courtship featuring gifts of flowers and cards. But following their wedding Tom began complaining about …