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FILE-  This is a Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo of a volunteer pours beer during a tasting session at the Great British Beer Festival in London. The World Health Organization say we’re eating too much sugar and should slash our intake to just 5 to 10 percent of our overall calories. The guidelines were released Wednesday March 4, 2015, after a year of consultation. The recommendations are focused on added sugars in food and those in honey, syrups and fruit juices. The advice does not apply to naturally occurring sugar in fruits, vegetables and milk. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

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 12 teaspoons per day — an amount that could be exceeded with a single can of soda. So, put down that doughnut. And while you’re at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup. The guidelines, released Wednesday, finalize draft advice first released last year and are focused on the added sugars in processed food, as well as those in honey, syrups and fruit juices. …

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 kind of frustrated,” said Stephen Morse, a Columbia University infectious disease expert. “As scientists, we’re …

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 Monte Belmonte of WRSI expects to stay Wednesday night. “It really came down to the …

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Lucas Harrington, top, and Ethan Bakuli work on the set of Amherst Regional High School's production of "Hairspray" Sunday at the school. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the ARHS auditorium.

    JERREY ROBERTS Lucas Harrington, top, and Ethan Bakuli work on the set of Amherst Regional High School's production of "Hairspray" Sunday at the school. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the ARHS auditorium. Purchase photo reprints »

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A2Z Science and Learning Store founders Jack and Priscilla Finn, at right, have sold the Northampton business to two former employees, Andre and Devon Boulay, pictured here with their son, Pierce, 18 months.

    KEVIN GUTTING A2Z Science and Learning Store founders Jack and Priscilla Finn, at right, have sold the Northampton business to two former employees, Andre and Devon Boulay, pictured here with their son, Pierce, 18 months. Purchase photo reprints »

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Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn.

    JERREY ROBERTS Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Check it out: Area health briefs

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com MEASLES VACCINE URGED For Dr. J. Michael Klatte, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, there should be no debate about the measles vaccination. “When it comes to measles ... you must vaccinate,” he said in a prepared statement …

Health events: Area support groups,workshops, resources

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF EMPTY ARMS — A support group for parents who have lost babies before, during or shortly after birth meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. A core …

Juicing: Trend to drink fruits and veggies growing though benefits questioned

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A year ago, trendistas were snuggling up to juice bars all over Los Angeles to cleanse, reset, detox and glow a little. Today, things are only busier in the world of juice — and I don’t mean Minute …

Going for the cleanse, despite naysayers

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

“Mom, this is a horrible idea.” So my college-student son declared when he learned I had started a three-day juice cleanse, 72 hours of a juice diet. Six bottles each day, plus water and herbal tea. No solid food. A cleanse in January? You and everyone else who …

Women’s Health: Women’s heart troubles really do differ from men’s

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Men and women differ not only in the obvious ways, but are also different when faced with heart disease. First, some basics. The heart has four systems to circulate blood through the body. In this aspect, men and women are the same. 1) The pumping system (mainly the …

Health-care records make fertile field for cyber crime

Monday, February 9, 2015

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands. Names, birthdates and — more importantly — Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false …

Supplements industry raps DNA tests

Sunday, February 8, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — DNA barcoding has exposed some infamous cases of food fraud, like cheap catfish sold as pricey grouper and expensive “sheep’s milk” cheese that was really made from cow’s milk. But can it tell if a …

Experts say measles outbreak unlikely in Massachusetts

Friday, February 6, 2015

Medical providers and public health experts are not concerned that the anti-vaccination movement will cause a local measles outbreak, reporting that it is just a small number of parents who express skepticism over vaccinating their children. “I feel …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, February 2, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Snowblower DANGER When heading out to clear that messy white stuff from your driveway, watch your fingers. Of the 28,000 people hurt while removing snow and ice in 2013, more than 6,000 were injured while using snowblowers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product …

Construction of new cancer center to begin at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The first highly visible sign that a new era in cancer treatment is dawning at Cooley Dickinson Hospital will roll onto the hospital grounds Monday morning in the form of a 200-ton crane. Over a seven-day …