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FILE - In this March 7, 2015 file photo, a health worker, right, cleans a man's arm before injecting him with a Ebola vaccine  in Conakry, Guinea. An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday, July 31, 2015. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa since the world’s biggest outbreak began last year.  (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah, File)

Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa

Friday, July 31, 2015

LONDON — An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa since the …

US health care, then and now

Thursday, July 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance. “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine,” Johnson said at the bill signing. “No longer will illness crush and …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, July 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Hilltown health series The Hilltown Community Health Center is offering a free six-week series, “My Life, My Health” focusing on ways to manage on-going health conditions. Taught by certified trainers Diane Meehan and Janet Dimock, the workshops are designed to help those with high blood pressure, arthritis, heart problems, stroke, COPD, cancer and diabetes among …

  • GREG SAULMON
Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group.

    GREG SAULMON Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
 
Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud.

    KEVIN GUTTING Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the  North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather.

    CAROL LOLLIS Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

‘Food is medicine’: Diagnosis produced lifestyle change and a switch to ‘veganic’ growing

Monday, July 13, 2015

Before the diagnosis, and long before any thoughts about “veganic farming,” Janet McKee was devoting physical and mental energy to a frenzied corporate career. That lifestyle caught up with her when she learned she had ulcerative colitis — …

Health Events

Monday, July 13, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS CAREGIVERS — A caregivers support group meets Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the East Wing 2 Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The group helps family and friends understand issues related to …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton awards nursing scholarships

Monday, July 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Each year, nursing scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors who wish to encourage excellence in health care and continuing education. The Cooley Dickinson Development Team announced the recipients of the 2015 Nursing Scholarship Awards last month at an awards luncheon. The funds are …

Amherst has 50 lock boxes to hold house keys available for seniors

Saturday, July 11, 2015

AMHERST — The Center for Extended Care and the Arbors of Amherst recently donated $1,000 to the Amherst TRIAD/Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Council’s Safe Entry Program to allow Amherst seniors to have a lock box installed outside their home at no cost. Affiliated with the Safe Entry …

Pioneer Valley doctors: Blood clot risk up but small with birth control pills

Friday, July 10, 2015

While a state medical examiner recently reported that a University of Massachusetts student died last fall from blood clots in her lung’s arteries possibly caused by birth control pills, two local doctors say the risk for most women …

Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Medicare said Wednesday it plans to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care, the same idea that sparked accusations of “death panels” and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama’s health care law six years ago. The policy change, to take effect Jan. 1, …

Heroin use, addiction surging in US

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Heroin use surged over the past decade, and the wave of addiction and overdose is closely related to the nation’s ongoing prescription drug epidemic, federal health officials said Tuesday. A new report says that 2.6 out of every 1,000 U.S. residents 12 and older used heroin in the …

All the right moves: How a Smith College athlete Claire Edwards’ connections in the gym led to a career in dentistry

Monday, July 6, 2015

As a track and field athlete at Smith College in Northampton, Claire Edwards knew how important it was to be in the right place at the right time. If she wanted a strong finish to a race, she …

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 …

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 …