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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 4, 2008 file photo, a woman holds up a syringe with symbolic green fluid during a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington calling for the elimination of what demonstrators say are toxins in children's vaccines.  Parents have been nervous about vaccines for as long as vaccines have been around.  Opposition seemed to plummet for several decades, as vaccines got better and succeeded in beating back diseases, but parental concern has seemed to be on an upswing in the last 20 years.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Vaccination skeptics perplex health officials

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. “I think we’re all kind of frustrated,” said Stephen Morse, a Columbia University infectious disease expert. “As scientists, we’re probably the least equipped to know how …

Snow abodes on courthouse lawn in Northampton help raise money for Cancer Connection during annual fundraiser by Monte Belmonte

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An igloo and a quinzhee on the snow-covered lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse seem like an odd place to spend the night, especially for someone who hates camping and the cold, but that’s exactly where Monte Belmonte of WRSI expects to stay Wednesday night. “It really came down to the …

Study: Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2000 advised parents to keep peanuts far, far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them. But a new study suggests that advice did more harm than good. A long-awaited clinical trial found that …

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Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn.

    JERREY ROBERTS Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn. Purchase photo reprints »

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Williston Northampton School grounds manager Joe Zewinski clears a season's worth of snow from the track at Galbraith Field in Easthampton on Monday. Zewinski says the process takes more than one day and involves several steps to move the snow from the infield to outside the track oval.

    KEVIN GUTTING Williston Northampton School grounds manager Joe Zewinski clears a season's worth of snow from the track at Galbraith Field in Easthampton on Monday. Zewinski says the process takes more than one day and involves several steps to move the snow from the infield to outside the track oval. Purchase photo reprints »

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Kim Carlino talks about her work in her studio at Eastworks Thursday, Jan. 22.

    JERREY ROBERTS Kim Carlino talks about her work in her studio at Eastworks Thursday, Jan. 22. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Health events: Area support groups,workshops, resources

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF EMPTY ARMS — A support group for parents who have lost babies before, during or shortly after birth meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. A core …

Juicing: Trend to drink fruits and veggies growing though benefits questioned

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A year ago, trendistas were snuggling up to juice bars all over Los Angeles to cleanse, reset, detox and glow a little. Today, things are only busier in the world of juice — and I don’t mean Minute …

Going for the cleanse, despite naysayers

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

“Mom, this is a horrible idea.” So my college-student son declared when he learned I had started a three-day juice cleanse, 72 hours of a juice diet. Six bottles each day, plus water and herbal tea. No solid food. A cleanse in January? You and everyone else who …

Women’s Health: Women’s heart troubles really do differ from men’s

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Men and women differ not only in the obvious ways, but are also different when faced with heart disease. First, some basics. The heart has four systems to circulate blood through the body. In this aspect, men and women are the same. 1) The pumping system (mainly the …

Health-care records make fertile field for cyber crime

Monday, February 9, 2015

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands. Names, birthdates and — more importantly — Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false …

Supplements industry raps DNA tests

Sunday, February 8, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — DNA barcoding has exposed some infamous cases of food fraud, like cheap catfish sold as pricey grouper and expensive “sheep’s milk” cheese that was really made from cow’s milk. But can it tell if a …

Experts say measles outbreak unlikely in Massachusetts

Friday, February 6, 2015

Medical providers and public health experts are not concerned that the anti-vaccination movement will cause a local measles outbreak, reporting that it is just a small number of parents who express skepticism over vaccinating their children. “I feel …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, February 2, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Snowblower DANGER When heading out to clear that messy white stuff from your driveway, watch your fingers. Of the 28,000 people hurt while removing snow and ice in 2013, more than 6,000 were injured while using snowblowers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product …

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 …

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 …