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Health

Diemand Egg Farm in Wendell cancels annual Easter event because of concerns over bird flu

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WENDELL — The Easter Bunny will skip his annual trip to Diemand Egg Farm, playing it safe amid reported cases of bird flu elsewhere in the country. The farm has held an Easter egg hunt for 10 years, drawing as many as 700 people annually. Reports of avian influenza in the Midwest and Western U.S. have caused enough concern to cancel the popular event, scheduled for Saturday. It’s not to …

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, March 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Diaper Drive continues The Amherst Area Diaper Drive has collected 12,616 diapers, reaching over two-thirds of its 18,000 diaper goal. As the drive, led by the Amherst Survival Center and Family Outreach of Amherst, heads into its final weeks, it has grown with 17 locations for diaper drop-offs. Those locations include stores, religious organizations, businesses, public libraries, and …

The annual Relay for Life cancer fundraiser at Look Park in Florence seeks volunteers

Monday, March 23, 2015

The following is the second in a series of monthly stories about participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County, a fundraiser which takes place June 19 to 20 in Look Park in Florence. Heather Touchette, 18, of Ludlow is a member of the Event Leadership Team for the …

  • 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 »

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left, Pete Rogers, of Amherst, and Michael Matis, of Amherst talk during a weekly luncheon for homeless veterans at the World War II club in Northampton.

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

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 Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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 …

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 …