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Health

VA hospitals compare well on death, readmission rates

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CHICAGO — Veterans’ hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions — heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions. Chances for dying or being readmitted within 30 days of treatment for those conditions varied only slightly for patients hospitalized within the VA system versus at outside hospitals, the 2010-2013 study found. The results …

Federal panel recommends screening adolescents for depression

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or to refer them to specialists who can. The new recommendations, issued Monday by the U.S. …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, February 8, 2016

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Physician to speak on drug effects on teens Dr. Ruth Potee, a physician from Greenfield, will talk about the teen brain — what affects it and how to protect it — Feb. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Easthampton High School auditorium. Board certified in family and addiction medicine, she is being …

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Alyssa Varney,13, of Easthampton, works on a presentation with other students and Judith Breier as part of a Free the Children Program at White Brook Middle Middle school in Easthampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Alyssa Varney,13, of Easthampton, works on a presentation with other students and Judith Breier as part of a Free the Children Program at White Brook Middle Middle school in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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 Joann Holmes reads a letter that her son Zachary wrote to her from jail at their home in   Belchertown Monday night.

    CAROL LOLLIS Joann Holmes reads a letter that her son Zachary wrote to her from jail at their home in Belchertown Monday night. Purchase photo reprints »

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Margaux Galvin, 7, front right, Saskia Baskin, 8, front left, both of Northampton, and others, practice on the balance beam Tuesday during a class at the Hampshire Regional YMCA.

    JERREY ROBERTS Margaux Galvin, 7, front right, Saskia Baskin, 8, front left, both of Northampton, and others, practice on the balance beam Tuesday during a class at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Health events: Support groups and resources

Monday, January 25, 2016

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF EMPTY ARMS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT — A circle of support for families grieving the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth, or in the early days or months of life meets the fourth Wednesday of each month …

The number of marijuana dispensaries begins to grow

Monday, January 25, 2016

Who knows what’ll happen with legalization on the ballot in November, but in the meantime, the state seems to finally have a handle on the whole medical marijuana thing. Previous caps that limited potential dispensaries to one per …

The goodness of green tea: Its health powers may be hyped, but it still has strong selling points, advocates say

Monday, January 25, 2016

It’s easy to find stories trumpeting the health benefits of antioxidant-rich green tea. Seems simple enough. To keep the cells healthy, go to the grocery store, head to the tea aisle, grab something marked “green tea” and drink …

Flint lead problem could be eased by recoating old pipes

Friday, January 22, 2016

Flint’s mayor has floated a shockingly high price tag to fix the Michigan city’s lead-contamination problem: $1.5 billion to replace damaged pipes. Gov. Rick Snyder put the figure at $700 million. In the meantime, officials and water experts …

Northampton native Julie Costello returns as CEO of Hampshire Regional YMCA

Friday, January 22, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Julie Costello remembers scurrying down the road to the Hampshire Regional YMCA with her three siblings as a young girl, swimming in the pool and watching her brothers play basketball. Four decades or so later, she’s …

Baystate Noble Hospital alerts 293 colonoscopy patients to ‘small risk’ of infection due to improper disinfection

Friday, January 22, 2016

A lapse in disinfection procedures means that 293 patients who had colonoscopies at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, including 13 Hampshire County residents, may have been exposed to blood-borne pathogens that could put them at risk of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, hospital officials said Friday. The …

Raising legal tobacco-buying age to 21 a new strategy in fighting addiction

Thursday, January 21, 2016

CHICAGO — Teens and young adults are likely to stop smoking — or never start — if they have to ask those 21 and older to buy cigarettes for them. That’s the premise of research that supports a new plan put forth by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel last …

Resolve to try yoga: Here’s some advice

Monday, January 18, 2016

Editor’s note: In this monthly series, reporter Amanda Drane explores different yoga styles. A staggering 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail, and yogis can tell you why. These surface-level resolutions — get a gym membership, lose 10 …

At home, online workout helps one fan plot her fitness course

Monday, January 18, 2016

The best part about working out in the comfort of your own home: you can do it in your underwear. You can even do it naked, for that matter. Just don’t forget to close the blinds. I never do yoga on the screen, and I’m sure it’s always …

Seven-minute apps: The way to go or a waste of time?

Monday, January 18, 2016

The “recommended” apps on Google Playstore and iTunes are jammed with seven-minute workouts right now. We checked out three of the most popular seven-minute apps to see if they’re seven minutes in health heaven or a waste of time. 7-Minute Core Perigee Recommended? for workout newbies This app …