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Merging of two medical practices in Amherst leaves patients looking for new doctors, mourning loss of ‘personal touch’

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — A recent merger of a small medical practice in Amherst with a larger provider in town and a popular doctor’s retirement have left some patients scrambling to find new primary care physicians for their families. The decision by Cooley Dickinson Medical Group to combine the Amherst Family Practice, started by now-retired Dr. Anne Weaver in 2002, with Amherst Internal Medicine at 170 University Drive, is also causing some patients to express concern about a health care system that appears to put the bottom line before patient care. The new practice has been renamed Amherst Medical Associates. Amherst resident Sally Malsch believes the new …

Carter says cancer has spread to brain

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ATLANTA — With a broad smile and an upbeat attitude, former President Jimmy Carter told the world Thursday that he has cancer in his brain, and feels “perfectly at ease with whatever comes.” Carter said doctors had removed melanoma from his liver, but found four small tumors in his brain. Later Thursday, he …

Shutesbury native joins elite Centers for Disease Control team

Sunday, August 16, 2015

SHUTESBURY — During her education in Shutesbury and Amherst schools and eventually at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Alaine Knipes learned that she loved French and biology. Now, she uses her skills in both fields as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer — an elite group known as “disease detectives” — for the federal …

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Joyce Sabin-Rescia, front left, of Northampton, hugs Susan Leggett, of Simsbury, Ct., during a vigil, held Monday at The First Churches in Northampton, to remember people who died of an overdose. Both spoke during the vigil. Sabin-Rescia lost her son, Matthew Michael Giovanni Rescia, in Nov. 2000; Leggett lost her son, Ash Garrettson, in Dec. 2014. The event was coordinated by Liz Whynott, who is the needle exchange director for Tapestry Health, and Brendan Plante, who is an outreach clinician for Eliot Community Human Services.    Sabin-Rescia is the founder of Never Another Death. The vigil was held in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, a global initiative held on Aug. 31 each year.

    JERREY ROBERTS Joyce Sabin-Rescia, front left, of Northampton, hugs Susan Leggett, of Simsbury, Ct., during a vigil, held Monday at The First Churches in Northampton, to remember people who died of an overdose. Both spoke during the vigil. Sabin-Rescia lost her son, Matthew Michael Giovanni Rescia, in Nov. 2000; Leggett lost her son, Ash Garrettson, in Dec. 2014. The event was coordinated by Liz Whynott, who is the needle exchange director for Tapestry Health, and Brendan Plante, who is an outreach clinician for Eliot Community Human Services. Sabin-Rescia is the founder of Never Another Death. The vigil was held in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, a global initiative held on Aug. 31 each year. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jeffrey  Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jeffrey Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

One in four people prescribed opioids progressed to longer-term prescriptions

Monday, July 27, 2015

Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first …

Brain circuits awry: Magnet currents heart of new treatment for depression

Monday, July 27, 2015

Depression lifted from Nick O’Madden’s life like a set of foggy glasses being wiped clean. Earlier this summer, O’Madden, 31, felt he was living in a distracted haze, sprinkled with nighttime panic attacks. Now, after undergoing an emerging …

health events

Monday, July 27, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING BREAST-FEEDING — The Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center offers breast feeding class. Upcoming dates can be obtained by calling the center. Pre-registration is necessary. Mothers’ partners are encouraged to attend, as both partners have a role …

Closing of 88-bed N.H. brain disorder center sends ripples across nation

Monday, July 27, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — When Tyler Richardson’s son hit puberty, the combination of hormones and new strength from a growth spurt added an element of danger to a long history of unpredictable behavior because of autism and severe anger …

Report: Teens’ morning-after pill use climbs

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NEW YORK — More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it’s easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive. A report released Wednesday shows teen use of the morning-after pill rose steadily …

What does it mean to be a man? The Healthy Men and Boys Network of Western Massachusetts seeks answers, plans course for change

Monday, July 20, 2015

A young boy goes into a doctor’s office for his annual physical. It’s fall, and flu season is coming, so his mother request a vaccination for him. The boy looks frightened as the nurse prepares the shot, but …

Quinn on nutrition: How to court freedom from fractures

Monday, July 20, 2015

A friend and I were talking about our families and how our parents fared in their later years. “My mom was doing great,” my friend said. “Then she fell and broke her hip..” According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), one in two women and up to one …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, July 20, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Cognitive health Caitlin Anable from Bay Path University in Longmeadow is presenting a series of sessions at the Northampton Senior Services & Senior Center focused on enhancing health and cognition. The series, called “Success Does Not Stop Growing,” will …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, July 20, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ VISION, SPEECH AND HEARING VISION — A low-vision support group meets regularly from March through December on the first Wednesday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Transportation provided; …

Colo. nixes marijuana as PTSD treatment

Friday, July 17, 2015

DENVER — Colorado is known for pushing boundaries on marijuana, but health officials’ decision to reject pot as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder shows the issue is far from settled. Voters have made marijuana legal for both …