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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. Preventive Services Task Force, bring depression screening …

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 …

Exercise in aging effortlessly: Northampton senior citizens try tai chi

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tai chi practitioners may not look like they’re up to much except moving slowly into various poses, but try this martial art, and you may find something quite different than you expect. Yes, the moves are subtle — flapping slowly like a crane, or sometimes just shifting weight back and forth — but …

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 …

The right space: The home gym doesn’t have to be fancy to draw you in, says movement science professor Diana Schwartz

Monday, January 18, 2016

When the arctic winds blow in for the season, it’s easy to stay indoors. It’s being active that gets more difficult, unless you embrace cold-weather sports. If you’d rather stick to the great indoors and its cushy warmth, …