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Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, July 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Hilltown health series The Hilltown Community Health Center is offering a free six-week series, “My Life, My Health” focusing on ways to manage on-going health conditions. Taught by certified trainers Diane Meehan and Janet Dimock, the workshops are designed to help those with high blood pressure, arthritis, heart problems, stroke, COPD, cancer and diabetes among other conditions. They will touch on issues …

One in four people prescribed opioids progressed to longer-term prescriptions

Monday, July 27, 2015

Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first time progressed to long-term prescriptions. The answer: 1 in 4. People with histories of tobacco …

Brain circuits awry: Magnet currents heart of new treatment for depression

Monday, July 27, 2015

Depression lifted from Nick O’Madden’s life like a set of foggy glasses being wiped clean. Earlier this summer, O’Madden, 31, felt he was living in a distracted haze, sprinkled with nighttime panic attacks. Now, after undergoing an emerging high-tech treatment involving magnetic currents, he said he’s literally seeing the world in a new …

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and  Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to  Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Health Events

Monday, June 29, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF LGBT BEREAVEMENT GROUP — The Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst offers a bereavement support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender adults who have experienced the death of a life partner or spouse. For more …

Resources

Monday, June 29, 2015

Massachusetts Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association www.apdama.org www.apdama.org/wcms/resources www.apdama.org/wcms/support-groups (800) 651-8466 Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups of Western Mass. • PDSG - WM PO Box 3 Hadley, MA 01035 584-2192 or email ruthie.pdsg@gmail.com • First Wednesday each month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jewish Community Center 1160 …

Quinn on Nutrition: No one best diet for diabetes patients, just ‘patterns’ of healthy eating

Monday, June 29, 2015

What’s the best diet for people with diabetes? It’s not an easy one-size-fits all, we were told at the scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Boston recently. In fact, many of the experts at this meeting said the answer may not be in one specific diet. …

For more on Tzivia Gover

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

For more information about Tzivia Gover, go to www.thirdhousemoon.com or tziviagover.com. To listen to a podcast of a recent interview with Gover on “Unfiltered,” a show on radio station WHMP hosted by Rene Kane, Joan Holliday and Dr. Mary Kane, go to whmp.com. …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, June 22, 2015

Please send notices to Debra Scherban at dscherban@gazettenet.com. Walking Rendezvous Northampton wellness coach Barry Bouthilette is organizing a Walking Rendezvous at Look Park in Florence June 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include a walk around the park, music by the SilverTone5, entertainment for children, …

Exploring dreamland: Therapist Tzivia Gover helps make sense of the sleeping mind’s messages

Monday, June 22, 2015

You’ve had the dream. You know the one. You walk into school, or get up before an audience to give a presentation ... and realize you aren’t wearing a stitch of clothing. (Or in a modified version I …

Health Events

Monday, June 15, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS SEPARATION AND DIVORCE — A support group for those dealing with separation or divorce meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call 584-0339. SMART RECOVERY — A program for …

Michael Hutton-Woodland of Amherst new director of REACH program for developmentally delayed children

Monday, June 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sometimes rolling a baby onto its stomach can make a big difference. Sometimes practice rolling a ball or grasping a pencil is all the help a baby needs to catch up developmentally to its peers. “When …

US birth rate finally rises, thanks to older moms

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The nation’s birth rate rose 1 percent last year as parents in the U.S. welcomed nearly 4 million babies into the world, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That increase may not sound like much, but it’s the first time the …

State launches opioid awareness campaign

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is launching a public awareness campaign aimed at educating parents about the warning signs of opioid abuse. Gov. Charlie Baker says the campaign begins Wednesday and will run throughout the summer on television and online. The state has also launched a new website: www.mass.gov/StopAddiction. …