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CAROL LOLLIS
left, Avital Carlis administrative director of the cancer center and Mark Novotny, Vice president Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, talk about the new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson.

Construction of new cancer center to begin at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton

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 span, construction crews will use the crane to position 108 steel beams onto the roof of what will become part of the …

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 others: African-Americans. Fifty-five percent of all African-Americans reside in the 23 states that have not …

Medicare to transform how it pays doctors, hospitals

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration outlined ambitious new goals Monday to transform over the next four years the way that the gargantuan Medicare program pays doctors and hospitals, rewarding providers that achieve better outcomes for patients rather than those that just do more. The move away from so-called fee-for-service medicine is a central, if little recognized, goal of the Affordable Care Act, which …

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Avital Carlis administrative director of the cancer center and Mark Novotny, Vice president Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, talk about the new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Avital Carlis administrative director of the cancer center and Mark Novotny, Vice president Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, talk about the new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Jim Perot plays fetch with his four-year-old cockapoo Honey during their daily walk around their North Amherst neighborhood.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jim Perot plays fetch with his four-year-old cockapoo Honey during their daily walk around their North Amherst neighborhood. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Smith College Campus School students Sylvia Rhodes, from left, Saenger Breon and Leah Neuburger rehearse with the chorus.

    KEVIN GUTTING Smith College Campus School students Sylvia Rhodes, from left, Saenger Breon and Leah Neuburger rehearse with the chorus. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

‘Four-wheel drive for your feet’: Snowshoeing offers outdoor exercise anyone can enjoy

Monday, January 19, 2015

Several times a week during the winter months, Mary Jo Maffei steps into her snowshoes and heads out the back door of her Shutesbury home and off along a trail that was cut by her son. The red-blazed …

Quinn on Nutrition: Test your knowledge of the benefits of breakfast

Monday, January 19, 2015

From a health standpoint, experts continue to confirm that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So important that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently dedicated an entire mini-journal to “The Benefits of Breakfast.” Let’s …

Where to snowshoe?

Monday, January 19, 2015

“Put a pair of snowshoes on,” says Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center manager William Gabriel, “and you can go just about anywhere.” For those looking for more specific locations, however, here are a few popular local spots: DAR State Forest, 78 Cape St., Route 112, Goshen, 268-7098, …

Other outdoor winter fun to keep the heart pumping

Monday, January 19, 2015

As Mark Twain famously noted, New England weather can change in a minute. So can wintertime recreation conditions. Always check ahead before heading to an outdoor area. Cross country skiing For those who like a little more slide …

Weight training, high intensity intervals top fitness trends for 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

The hottest fitness trends for 2015 are body weight training and high intensity interval training, according to the ninth annual survey of 3,400 health and fitness professionals worldwide by the American College of Sports Medicine. Yoga is the …

Wellness coaching: Providing the little nudge so many need

Monday, January 19, 2015

When Lori Friedman decided to exercise more and improve her diet she had a sense of the kinds of changes she wanted to make in her life. She also knew that figuring out a road map for how …

And then there are ‘fatbikes’ for hitting the trails

Monday, January 19, 2015

There’s a new mode of winter recreation, and it’s coming to a trail near you. “Fat bikes” or “fatbikes” are so-named for their extra wide, extra stable, thickly treaded tires. They are designed for winter trail riding, but …

Squeeze play: How hugs may figure into health

Monday, January 19, 2015

You’ll get no argument from most people — especially on a cold winter’s night — that hugs make you feel warm inside. But can that good feeling protect your health? Over the past decade or so, researchers have …

As predicted, flu vaccine not working for most

Thursday, January 15, 2015

NEW YORK — This year’s flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It’s only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday. The poor …

State grant to increase services available for victims of drunken driving accidents in region

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — Leaders of a program that helps victims of drunken driving accidents and other crimes say a new affiliation with a Northampton-based behavioral health agency will strengthen services for the roughly 400 people they try to help each year. Since its start in 1997, the Community Crisis …