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Health

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, March 30, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com BAYSTATE HOLDS Memorial for childRen Families and friends who have experienced the death of a child over the past year are invited to attend the annual “Service of Remembrance” April 19 held by Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield. The event begins at 1 p.m. at Baystate Medical Center’s Chestnut Conference Center, 759 Chestnut St. Those who have experienced such losses prior to 2014 are also …

Mass General oncologist describes the complexities of prostate cancer to Cooley Dickinson Hospital audience

Monday, March 30, 2015

Prostate cancer is a disease that the medical profession has had a hard time getting a handle on with unreliable tests, disagreement over danger levels and questions about whether in many cases it even needs to be treated at all. That was the message delivered by oncologist Richard J. Lee in a recent …

Health events: Support groups, workshops, resources

Monday, March 30, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ARTS ANONYNOUS — 12 Step meeting. ARTS — (Artists Recovering Through The Twelve Steps) helps people who are creative or want to be creative overcome creative blockages. Meets Fridays at 6 p.m. at The Bangs Community Center, Amherst Senior Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst . Call 658-4616 or visit www.artsanonymous.org …

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Pete Rogers, of Amherst, and Michael Matis, of Amherst talk during a weekly luncheon for homeless veterans at the World War II club in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Pete Rogers, of Amherst, and Michael Matis, of Amherst talk during a weekly luncheon for homeless veterans at the World War II club in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
 Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

New coalition to fight opioid addiction in Hampshire County may offer Narcan at Walgreens

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Narcan, the nasal spray that can reverse an opiate overdose, may soon be available to addicts or their loved ones at Walgreens pharmacies in Northampton and Greenfield as part of the efforts of coalitions fighting heroin …

Women’s Health: How being mindful eases stress, enhances life

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

As our lives get increasingly busy and demanding, women, especially, suffer from more anxiety and depression. In a recent study of Canadian women, those conditions were among the most frequently reported health problems. A 2004 study by Spanish researcher Pilar Matud, which looked at 3,000 men and women, …

Liberia releases last Ebola patient

Thursday, March 5, 2015

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free. “I am one of the happiest human beings today on …

UN: World needs to cut down on sugar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LONDON — New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone’s sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to …

Vaccination skeptics perplex health officials

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. “I think we’re all …

Snow abodes on courthouse lawn in Northampton help raise money for Cancer Connection during annual fundraiser by Monte Belmonte

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An igloo and a quinzhee on the snow-covered lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse seem like an odd place to spend the night, especially for someone who hates camping and the cold, but that’s exactly where …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, February 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst is seeking volunteers to make weekend visits to the hospice at 1165 North Pleasant St. The volunteers will help with welcoming guests, providing support for residents, family and friends, preparing meals, gardening and running …