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Dr. Ann Markes of Florence has her ear examined on a 2014 trip "Sustain, Train, Educate and Promote in Uganda" or STEP-UP took to Uganda. The team of doctors, social workers, physical therapists and an attorney travels to Uganda each year to lead trainings for area medical professionals.

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 five-verse song covering everything from prevention tips …

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 is open to the public, takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. Rauh-Hain will discuss …

ServiceNet to use proceeds from $1.85 million MassDevelopment bond sale to buy and renovate homes, office space

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — ServiceNet will use money from the sale of a $1.85 million tax-exempt bond, issued on its behalf by MassDevelopment, to help fund the purchase and renovation of two homes for residential programs and five office condominiums for outpatient clinics. The Northampton-based mental health and human services …

Health events: Area support groups, resources and more

Monday, November 16, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ MISCELLANEOUS DEBTORS ANONYMOUS — Area groups for those dealing with credit card debt, overspending or underearning. Meetings are Saturdays at 8 a.m. at the Holyoke Medical Center. For more information go to www.danewengland.org or call 617-728-1426. UNDEREARNERS ANONYMOUS …

Curing cataracts without surgery?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cataracts are very common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 20.5 million Americans age 40 and over have them. Cataracts slowly cloud your vision, and people struggling with them say it’s like trying to look …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, November 16, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Nitrous oxide offered to women in labor Nitrous oxide, a safe form of mild sedation commonly associated with dental procedures, is now available to women during labor and delivery at Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Childbirth Center. It is a pain …

Pioneer Valley hospitals report roughly 50 heroin overdoses in past week

Monday, November 16, 2015

SPRINGFiELD — A medical expert at Baystate Medical Center said Monday that a purer form of heroin circulating in the region is likely behind dozens of suspected heroin overdoses in recent days. Dr. Niels K. Rathlev, chairman of …

Hilltown Voices: Session in Chesterfield explores price of caregiving and risk of poverty among women

Saturday, November 14, 2015

When children and elders need care, it is frequently women who take on the caregiving role, often reducing work hours or giving up jobs to do so. But how does this affect their own earning power and the ability to care for themselves as they age? Retired registered …

Drug might help breast cancer patients avoid heart damage

Thursday, November 12, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — Many cancer treatments have a dark side — they can damage the heart. New research suggests this risk might be lowered in women with breast tumors if they take a heart drug as a preventive …

Kravetz family sells Center for Extended Care to Amherst LLC health care company

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

AMHERST — Recognizing the need for more space to care for a rapidly increasing senior citizen population in the late 1960s, Allen Torrey, Amherst’s first town manager, convinced the Kravetz family to collaborate on building the Amherst Nursing Home at 150 University Drive. For nearly half a century …

Helping depressed patients feel better about medications

Monday, November 9, 2015

Choosing the right antidepressant can be a daunting task. With so many choices and such unpredictability in their individual effects, patients with depression often spend months or years casting about for the right medication, while clinicians are often …

Ankle sprains: Pain free does not mean normal

Monday, November 9, 2015

The American College of Sports Medicine says 25,000 people sprain their ankles every day in the United States. Some of those injuries recover over time on their own - or do they? A recent New York Times article …