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Health

Study: Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2000 advised parents to keep peanuts far, far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them. But a new study suggests that advice did more harm than good. A long-awaited clinical trial found that small children who avoided peanuts for the …

More use IUDs, implants for birth control

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IUDs and implants are safe, reliable, long-acting and reversible forms of birth control. Now there’s a new attribute to add to this list: increasingly popular. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that American women are embracing these contraceptive devices. In the last decade, their use has increased nearly fivefold, with 7.2 percent of women ages 15 …

Uninsured rate hit new low in 2014

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama’s health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the share of adults without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in …

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college.

    JERREY ROBERTS Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Northampton residents Andres Wilson and his 3-year-old daughter, Eden Wilson color together at Forbes library in the children's  section Wednesday evening.

    CAROL LOLLIS Northampton residents Andres Wilson and his 3-year-old daughter, Eden Wilson color together at Forbes library in the children's section Wednesday evening. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Going for the cleanse, despite naysayers

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

“Mom, this is a horrible idea.” So my college-student son declared when he learned I had started a three-day juice cleanse, 72 hours of a juice diet. Six bottles each day, plus water and herbal tea. No solid food. A cleanse in January? You and everyone else who …

Women’s Health: Women’s heart troubles really do differ from men’s

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Men and women differ not only in the obvious ways, but are also different when faced with heart disease. First, some basics. The heart has four systems to circulate blood through the body. In this aspect, men and women are the same. 1) The pumping system (mainly the …

Health-care records make fertile field for cyber crime

Monday, February 9, 2015

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands. Names, birthdates and — more importantly — Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false …

Supplements industry raps DNA tests

Sunday, February 8, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — DNA barcoding has exposed some infamous cases of food fraud, like cheap catfish sold as pricey grouper and expensive “sheep’s milk” cheese that was really made from cow’s milk. But can it tell if a …

Experts say measles outbreak unlikely in Massachusetts

Friday, February 6, 2015

Medical providers and public health experts are not concerned that the anti-vaccination movement will cause a local measles outbreak, reporting that it is just a small number of parents who express skepticism over vaccinating their children. “I feel …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, February 2, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Snowblower DANGER When heading out to clear that messy white stuff from your driveway, watch your fingers. Of the 28,000 people hurt while removing snow and ice in 2013, more than 6,000 were injured while using snowblowers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product …

Construction of new cancer center to begin at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

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 …

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 …

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 …

Despite its weak record in stopping the flu this season, doctors still say, Get the shot

Monday, January 26, 2015

While federal health officials say this year’s flu vaccine is less effective than in previous years, local doctors and nurses encourage people to get vaccinated anyway. “The flu shot and good hygiene are still your best frontline at …