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VA hospitals compare well on death, readmission rates

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CHICAGO — Veterans’ hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions — heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions. Chances for dying or being readmitted within 30 days of treatment for those conditions varied only slightly for patients hospitalized within the VA system versus at outside hospitals, the 2010-2013 study found. The results …

Federal panel recommends screening adolescents for depression

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or to refer them to specialists who can. The new recommendations, issued Monday by the U.S. …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, February 8, 2016

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Physician to speak on drug effects on teens Dr. Ruth Potee, a physician from Greenfield, will talk about the teen brain — what affects it and how to protect it — Feb. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Easthampton High School auditorium. Board certified in family and addiction medicine, she is being …

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Margaux Galvin, 7, front right, Saskia Baskin, 8, front left, both of Northampton, and others, practice on the balance beam Tuesday during a class at the Hampshire Regional YMCA.

    JERREY ROBERTS Margaux Galvin, 7, front right, Saskia Baskin, 8, front left, both of Northampton, and others, practice on the balance beam Tuesday during a class at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. Purchase photo reprints »

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University of Massachusetts student Preston Rowan, 20, competes in the Rail Jam event put on by the UMass Ski and Board Club Friday night in front of the Southwest Residential Area at UMass.

    DAN LITTLE University of Massachusetts student Preston Rowan, 20, competes in the Rail Jam event put on by the UMass Ski and Board Club Friday night in front of the Southwest Residential Area at UMass. Purchase photo reprints »

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Lowell Whitney, of Hadley, sleds with his children, Carter, 10, and Maya, 7, at Hospital Hill in Northampton, Monday.

    JERREY ROBERTS Lowell Whitney, of Hadley, sleds with his children, Carter, 10, and Maya, 7, at Hospital Hill in Northampton, Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

The right space: The home gym doesn’t have to be fancy to draw you in, says movement science professor Diana Schwartz

Monday, January 18, 2016

When the arctic winds blow in for the season, it’s easy to stay indoors. It’s being active that gets more difficult, unless you embrace cold-weather sports. If you’d rather stick to the great indoors and its cushy warmth, …

In brief

Monday, January 18, 2016

It’s mostly about food for shedding pounds One of the misconceptions about active people, especially long-distance runners and cyclists, is that they don’t have to worry about how much they eat. They’ll stay slim and trim automatically. But …

Trying to catch your breath? How to tell there’s trouble

Monday, January 18, 2016

Few sensations are as frightening as not being able to get enough air. Although healthy people occasionally may experience shortness of breath, especially in extreme temperatures, after running up a flight of stairs or when in high altitude, persistent shortness of breath could be a sign of a …

Need a push? Area health clubs have lots to offer

Monday, January 18, 2016

If getting fit is on your mind, the Valley is a good place to be. Not only are there plenty of health clubs, there are plenty of varieties of exercise available at other kinds of fitness centers, from …

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan sponsors conference on schools’ role in substance abuse prevention

Friday, January 15, 2016

HADLEY — “You are the front lines in prevention. You can make a difference in kids’ lives.” That’s the charge Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan gave Friday morning to a packed room of school nurses, guidance councilors and other education professionals at the Hadley Farms Meeting House …

Task force recommends mammograms after 50

Monday, January 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50. It said 40-somethings should make their own choice after weighing the pros and cons. When to start routine mammograms …

Women's Health: Investments not resolutions: Healthy hopes for women in 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

While many of us make New Year’s resolutions, few of us keep them long enough to achieve them. Studies show that one-quarter of resolution-makers fail completely and only about 8 percent succeed. Given this meager success rate, perhaps it’s time to shake things up and rethink the vocabulary …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, January 11, 2016

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Volunteers needed for food drive South Hadley is celebrating Martin Luther King’s Day of Service by holding its sixth annual community food drive Monday and is seeking volunteers to help out. The drive provides 40 percent of the food …

Health Event: Support groups, resources and more

Monday, January 11, 2016

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHOPS DEMENTIA AND CAREGIVING‐ — A support group for caregivers of loved ones with dementia meets every other Thursday from 1:30‐to 3 p.m. at the Amherst Senior Center. Emotional support, resource information, speakers.Contact Helen MacMellon, LCSW, …

Getting the bugs out: Hospitals are on guard against drug-resistant germs

Monday, January 11, 2016

It’s already no fun to go to the hospital to be poked, prodded, and otherwise explored. But these days, a procedure as minor as endoscopy — in which something suspiciously like a garden hose heads down the throat, …