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Check it out: Area health briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com End of life care Members of area faith communities will gather at the First Baptist Church of Amherst Saturday to discuss how clergy, lay caregivers and hospice and palliative care services work together at the end of an individual’s life. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is co-sponsored by the Baptist church and …

Researchers scan healthy brains for dementia signs

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer’s, but the suspects are its two hallmarks — the gunky amyloid in those brain plaques or …

Cooley Dickinson continues staffing changes, eliminating two administrative positions, adding another

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital is eliminating two more high-level positions as it continues to review and restructure its operations, the Gazette learned this week. The hospital also added a new director’s-level position in March. The hospital plans to eliminate the post of administrative director of clinical services and a position in its …

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Cade Holden, 18, competes in the annual Northampton School Day Games held by Special Olympics Massachusetts at Northampton High School Thursday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Cade Holden, 18, competes in the annual Northampton School Day Games held by Special Olympics Massachusetts at Northampton High School Thursday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Hadley Selectman Gerry Devine, left, shakes hands with Gov. Charlie Baker after a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Hadley AAA held to mark the start of Registry of Motor Vehicles services at the store for AAA members. Looking on, are, from left, Hadley Select Board Chair Guilford Mooring, Hadley Town Adminstrator David Nixon and State Rep. John Scibak.

    JERREY ROBERTS Hadley Selectman Gerry Devine, left, shakes hands with Gov. Charlie Baker after a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Hadley AAA held to mark the start of Registry of Motor Vehicles services at the store for AAA members. Looking on, are, from left, Hadley Select Board Chair Guilford Mooring, Hadley Town Adminstrator David Nixon and State Rep. John Scibak. Purchase photo reprints »

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Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took  down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive.

    JERREY ROBERTS Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

‘Invisible Chains’: Amherst psychologist’s new book sheds light on emotional abuse

Monday, May 4, 2015

In her recently published book, Amherst psychologist Lisa Aronson Fontes writes of a couple, Mandy and Tom, who were married after a whirlwind courtship featuring gifts of flowers and cards. But following their wedding Tom began complaining about …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, May 4, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Coping with kids The Gateway Family Center and Center for Women & Community in Huntington is hosting a free workshop on children’s behavior Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. “Teaching Boundaries to Children and Other Strategies to Prevent Abuse,” will cover addressing …

Health events: Support groups, resources

Monday, May 4, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING EMPTY ARMS SUBSEQUENT CHOICES — A group for families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss and are now considering pregnancy, adoption or surrogacy. Time and location …

Cooley Dickinson neurologist Dr. William Dean III dies at age 55

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Colleagues are mourning the death of Dr. William Dean III, a longtime neurologist based at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, while working to ensure that his patients continue to receive treatment. Dean died Saturday at age 55. Dr. …

Opioid-related overdose deaths increase in Northampton during 2014, mirroring statewide statistics

Friday, May 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Northampton spiraled upward last year and is closely in line with statewide increases spanning the past three years, according to new data released by the state Department of Public Health. The state confirmed nine unintentional opioid overdose deaths in …

Judge tells state to OK pot dispensary

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has ordered state regulators to allow a medical marijuana company once headed by former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt to move ahead with plans to open dispensaries in Mashpee and Plymouth. The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that a Suffolk Superior Court judge found …

State sees 1,000 overdose deaths in 2014

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BOSTON — State health officials say more than 1,000 people died as a result of opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts last year — an increase of 33 percent from 2012 and part of an ongoing spike in deaths blamed on prescription drug and heroin abuse. The state Department of …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, April 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Legal advice for elders Northampton Attorney Michael Hooker will be at the Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Road Chesterfield, Thursday at 5 p.m. to present a free workshop on how to protect assets like real estate, property and financials through wills, trusts, powers of …

It’s tick time: They’re back in force, so step up the body checks

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring has sprung, baseball season’s first pitch has been thrown, April’s rains have been falling, and the ticks are back. Even if you can’t see them. Just ask Michael Noonan of Florence. On a Thursday, a couple of …

Relay for Life has long counted Cooley Dickison as a key supporter

Monday, April 27, 2015

The following is the third in a series of monthly stories about participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County, which takes place June 19 to 20 in Look Park in Florence. The staff …