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CAROL LOLLIS
left, Avital Carlis administrative director of the cancer center and Mark Novotny, Vice president Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, talk about the new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson.

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 span, construction crews will use the crane to position 108 steel beams onto the roof of what will become part of the …

Many African-Americans fall into a health ‘coverage gap’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of people of color who do not have health insurance is projected to fall dramatically by 2016, greatly narrowing the historic disparities in coverage between whites and nonwhites. But one minority group is likely to benefit less than others: African-Americans. Fifty-five percent of all African-Americans reside in the 23 states that have not …

Medicare to transform how it pays doctors, hospitals

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration outlined ambitious new goals Monday to transform over the next four years the way that the gargantuan Medicare program pays doctors and hospitals, rewarding providers that achieve better outcomes for patients rather than those that just do more. The move away from so-called fee-for-service medicine is a central, if little recognized, goal of the Affordable Care Act, which …

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS

Steve Holt cuts  cuts a marked tree down in  the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd.  in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled.

    CAROL LOLLIS Steve Holt cuts cuts a marked tree down in the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd. in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MATT BURKHARTT
Students walk between the Southwest Residence Halls on campus at the University of Massachusetts where riots have taken place on Superbowl Sunday in previous years.

    MATT BURKHARTT Students walk between the Southwest Residence Halls on campus at the University of Massachusetts where riots have taken place on Superbowl Sunday in previous years. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Northampton wins $550,000 state grant to fight opiate abuse in Hampshire County

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County has landed a $550,000 grant for a new coalition to combat the epidemic of painkiller addiction that in recent years has taken a tragic toll in western Massachusetts. Northampton announced Wednesday that it had …

Amherst pediatrician Emlen Jones’ sudden death leaves huge void, patients and colleagues say

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Growing up in Amherst, Lisa Gallant fondly remembers visits to the family’s pediatrician, Dr. Emlen Jones. “He always just listened to everything, he would pay attention and he would appreciate what you were saying,” Gallant said. …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, January 12, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com KEEPING HEALTH APPOINTMENTS Decreasing the no-show rate at health care centers, in part through group medical appointments, is an approach being tested at Springfield’s Caring Health Center by researchers there and from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University …

When less Pap is more: Understanding new guidelines

Monday, January 12, 2015

Many women came of age understanding that the yearly annual with Pap test was both a rite of passage and an essential practice of self-care, the gynecological equivalent of a tooth cleaning. So you may be surprised to hear your provider say you’re not due for a Pap …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton to provide heated tub for women in labor

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton aims to have a heated tub available soon in its Childbirth Center so that women can have access to warm water immersion — a form of hydrotherapy — during labor. Hydrotherapy can ease a patient’s nerves and help with pain management before an …

EarthTalk: Eating the right fats may lead to healthier longevity, researchers say

Friday, January 9, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the skinny on fat these days? I saw a major magazine cover image recently that was suggesting fat wasn’t so bad for us after all? — Marcy Bellwether, Taos, NM Going “fat-free” might seem like …

New antibiotic can kill resistant bugs

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Using soil from a grassy field in Maine and a miniaturized diffusion chamber, scientists have cultivated a microbe that could help tame the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. When tricked into growing in a lab, the microbe makes a compound that kills strains of tuberculosis, MRSA and other deadly …

Boy wins $500 for year without soda

Friday, January 2, 2015

LIVINGSTON, Mont. — As people across the United States struggle to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions, an 11-year-old Montana boy is offering lessons in self-discipline and delayed gratification after winning a $500 prize from his parents for …

Anti-alcohol drug put to test with fake bar

Thursday, January 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — The tequila sure looks real, so do the beer taps. Inside the hospital at the National Institutes of Health, researchers are testing a possible new treatment to help heavy drinkers cut back — using a replica …

Study narrows down genetic suspects in autism

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Researchers have narrowed down the list of genes implicated in autism spectrum disorder, and they appear to point toward a part of the brain that has largely been overlooked. Most research into the genetic roots of autism, a highly heritable disorder that affects about 1 in 68 children, …