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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 10 Americans who drank enough to qualify as a binge drinker or an excessive drinker met the clinical definition for alcohol dependence, …

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 drive. Panelist Bob Gunther of Holyoke, previously of New York City, said he did have …

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 meeting on Wednesday, a week after rowdy opposition led board members to end a public …

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Members of the First Church prepare to bake apple pies for the Bag Day fundraising event at the First Church in Northampton, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

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Mary Webber, of Southampton, front, and Diane Drohan, of Leeds, back, prepare to open the center for clients to pick the food at the Northampton Survival Center, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

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Crime scene on North Main street in Northampton Thursday afternoon.

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Health Advice

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 …

The ethics of ‘death with dignity’: Panel discussion Thursday to address of end-of-life choices

Monday, November 10, 2014

In September the Gazette published a series of articles about Eleanor “Lee” Hawkins, who had decided to end her life at age 90 by not eating and drinking. She died Sept. 2, after two weeks of refusing food …

Check It Out: Health briefs

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com CDH OPEN HOUSES Cooley Dickinson Heath Care is hosting two open houses this week to allow the public to meet staff and tour facilities. The first takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 10 Denniston Place, Northampton, one of the hospital’s …

Mass. town weighs nation’s first tobacco ban

Sunday, November 9, 2014

WESTMINSTER — The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband …