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CAROL LOLLIS
Maya Constantine, 3,  and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning.

Despite court ruling, Valley parents, experts disagree with spanking as an option for discipline

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting at the child-friendly Cup and Top Café with her 3-year-old twin daughters, Jenny Boas acknowledged that parenting isn’t always easy. But, the Florence resident said, she has never used physical discipline on her girls, Ella and Maya Constantine. “There’s times when I have been frustrated,” Boas said. “But I don’t want them to hit, so I feel …

Calif. Legislature passes strict school vaccine bill

Monday, June 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland. The Senate reaffirmed the bill striking California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations on a 24-14 vote. Mississippi and …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pleases send notices to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Supersitters Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton is offering a class for kids, ages 12 and up, to learn baby-sitting basics. It will take place July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The session will cover infant care — including handling, feeding and diapering — as well as fire safety, first aid, when and whom to call for …

  • DAN LITTLE
South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
John Bledsoe, who is the deacon of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in South Hadley, prepares for Holy Communion with Father Thomas Shea, Sunday. Both are retiring.

    JERREY ROBERTS John Bledsoe, who is the deacon of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in South Hadley, prepares for Holy Communion with Father Thomas Shea, Sunday. Both are retiring. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

State launches opioid awareness campaign

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is launching a public awareness campaign aimed at educating parents about the warning signs of opioid abuse. Gov. Charlie Baker says the campaign begins Wednesday and will run throughout the summer on television and online. The state has also launched a new website: www.mass.gov/StopAddiction. …

Amherst agrees to lease part of Bangs Community Center for health services

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AMHERST — People without health insurance could have medical and dental care available in downtown Amherst beginning in early 2017. Hilltown Community Health Center recently signed a five-year lease with Amherst officials to use a section of the lower level of the Bangs Community Center to house what …

The Mediterranean way: The Easthampton Council on Aging offers men a path to healthy living

Monday, June 15, 2015

Inside the old post office that serves as the Easthampton Council on Aging and Enrichment Center on a recent afternoon, 15 men sat listening to dietitian Bill Bradley talk about his trip to the Greek island of Crete. …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, June 15, 2015

Please send notices to Debra Scherban at dscherban@gazettenet.com. Gluten free support Theresa Grisanti, an Eden Energy Medicine certified practitioner, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Celiac and Gluten Free Support Group of Western Massachusetts Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Sylvester’s Restaurant, 111 Pleasant St., Northampton. Grisanti …

Relay for Life: Cancer survivor seeks to give others hope

Monday, June 15, 2015

The following is the last in a series of monthly stories about participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County, a fundraiser which takes place Friday and Saturday in Look Park in Florence. Several …

Health Events

Monday, June 15, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ALATEEN — Meeting for teens whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Meets first and second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton, entrance …

State agency OKs mandate on ICU nurse staffing

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON (ap) — A state agency has approved new regulations on nurse staffing in hospital intensive care units. The Boston Globe reports the Health Policy Commission voted Wednesday to require hospitals to limit patient assignments so each nurse is responsible for no more than two patients. The rules …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, June 8, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Hip and knee pain Orthopedic surgeon Daniel Sage will give a talk on relieving arthritic hip and knee pain Monday at 6 p.m. in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital on Locust Street, Northampton. Sage will discuss commons types of arthritis …

Trail running 101: How to take accelerated hikes without getting hurt

Monday, June 8, 2015

Wellness Director Jennifer Allen watched as six of us, three men and three women, bounded across the large exercise room at the Hampshire Regional YMCA one recent Tuesday evening. We were skipping like a group of children, but, …

Health Events: Support groups, resources

Monday, June 8, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING EPILEPSY — A support group for people with epilepsy and for parents and caregivers of children with epilepsy meets on the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Community Room of …