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Health

Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, with the following schedules starting this week, with week one: NCTV Channel 12: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, 4 p.m.; …

Check it out: Health events to note in the Valley

Monday, November 17, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com AVOIDING STUFFING YOURSELF ON THANKSGIVING No one wants to be a Thanksgiving Scrooge, but the average holiday dinner can add up to a whopping 3,000 calories and another 1,500 calories from dips, drinks and other appetizers before and after the meal, according to the national Calorie Control Council. That is more than twice the average recommended daily caloric …

Marijuana backers like Maine for legalization

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine. The Pine Tree State has a long history with cannabis — Maine voters approved medical …

  • KEVIN GUTTING

Tony Thornton, an assistant professor in the University of Massachusetts Department of Music and Dance, is artistic director of the Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble .Giving regularly to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund has been a goal of the ensemble since it formed through competitive auditions in summer 2013.

    KEVIN GUTTING Tony Thornton, an assistant professor in the University of Massachusetts Department of Music and Dance, is artistic director of the Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble .Giving regularly to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund has been a goal of the ensemble since it formed through competitive auditions in summer 2013. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Shoppers on Main Street in downtown Northampton on Friday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Shoppers on Main Street in downtown Northampton on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Kerry Brown, who unloads trucks for Wal-Mmart at the Hadley store, went on strike two days this week to join protesters against the company's labor practices.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Kerry Brown, who unloads trucks for Wal-Mmart at the Hadley store, went on strike two days this week to join protesters against the company's labor practices. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

The ethics of ‘death with dignity’: Panel discussion Thursday to address of end-of-life choices

Monday, November 10, 2014

In September the Gazette published a series of articles about Eleanor “Lee” Hawkins, who had decided to end her life at age 90 by not eating and drinking. She died Sept. 2, after two weeks of refusing food …

Check It Out: Health briefs

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com CDH OPEN HOUSES Cooley Dickinson Heath Care is hosting two open houses this week to allow the public to meet staff and tour facilities. The first takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 10 Denniston Place, Northampton, one of the hospital’s …

Mass. town weighs nation’s first tobacco ban

Sunday, November 9, 2014

WESTMINSTER — The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband …

The Schroth Method: Beyond braces for scoliosis patients

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — When Trevor Johnson was 11, his growing spine took a detour from the normal straight path. Instead of stacking neatly one atop the other, his vertebrae began to drift sideways into an S-shape and his rib …

CVS tacks tobacco payment to prescription network

Monday, November 3, 2014

First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that sell smokes. The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain is developing a new tobacco-free pharmacy …

New life for an old treatment: With a spinal cord stimulator, Army vet is finally free of unbearable back pain

Monday, November 3, 2014

Good news: Craig Hoffman separated his shoulder. Wait. Why is that good news? Let’s back up. Three months ago the 49-year-old Lansing, Ka., man couldn’t do much of anything without wincing in pain. His lower back hurt too …

Health Events

Monday, November 3, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ VISION, SPEECH AND HEARING STUTTERING — A support group for people dealing with stuttering meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. For information, contact Carla Bernier or Alex Young by email at …

Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

Friday, October 31, 2014

FORT KENT, Maine — A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation’s biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public …

State report: Murder down, opiate deaths up

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — A new report by state health officials is showing a drop in violent crime, but continued problems with heroin overdose deaths and childhood asthma and obesity. The study by the Massachusetts Health Council, citing the most recent FBI crime report available, said that the state’s murder …

NY, NJ order quarantine for doctors, others

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NEW YORK — Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who …