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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 …

  • MICKY BEDELL
Joan O'Brien, 56, walks her dog Sally down East Street in Northampton on Wednesday, March 25.

    MICKY BEDELL
Joan O'Brien, 56, walks her dog Sally down East Street in Northampton on Wednesday, March 25. Purchase photo reprints »

  • 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
Peter Rogers, left, and Michael Matis, both of Amherst, talk during a weekly luncheon for veterans at the World War II Club in Northampton.

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

Health Advice

Anti-vaccine mothers air views amid backlash

Sunday, February 22, 2015

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse. These three mothers — all of them educated, middle-class professionals — are among the …

Medical tool implicated in ‘superbug’ outbreak

Thursday, February 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A “superbug” outbreak suspected in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients is raising disturbing questions about the design of a hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than half a million people in the …

The Death Cafe: Gatherings over tea and cake focus on death in order to enhance life

Monday, February 16, 2015

At a recent gathering in a second-story studio in downtown Northampton, Daniel Lombardo of Westhampton read a story about twin fetuses discussing life after birth. One thinks there will be life after delivery, related Lombardo, while the other …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, February 16, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Diaper drive underway A community coalition led by the Amherst Survival Center and Family Outreach of Amherst is conducting a Diaper Drive through April 6. The goal is to collect donations of (or the funds to buy) 18,000 disposable diapers and 54,000 diaper …

Brain stents show promise for strokes

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear a blood clot in the brain, greatly lowering the risk a patient will end …

Chronic fatigue gets a new name hello SEID

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — Doctors are getting a new way to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome — and influential government advisers say it’s time to replace that hated name, too, to show it’s a real and debilitating disease. The Institute of …

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 …