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FILE - In this July 30, 1965 file photo, President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law while former President Harry S. Truman, right, observes during a ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo. At rear are Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and former first lady Bess Truman. When Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law Americans 65 and older were the age group least likely to have health insurance.  (AP Photo)

US health care, then and now

Thursday, July 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance. “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine,” Johnson said at the bill signing. “No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so …

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 …

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 …

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Holly Perry, left, and Jim Seltzer of Easthampton take their dogs, Holmes, a five-month-old blue pointer mix standing at the bow, and Luddy, right, a seven-month-old terrier mix, on a cruise around Elwell Island in the Connecticut River at Northampton on Wednesday. It was the first time aboard a kayak for the pups, who were fitted out with their own personal flotation devices. It was a successful maiden voyage and they seemed to take to the crafts - save for a few concerned vocalizations heard from Holmes.

    KEVIN GUTTING Holly Perry, left, and Jim Seltzer of Easthampton take their dogs, Holmes, a five-month-old blue pointer mix standing at the bow, and Luddy, right, a seven-month-old terrier mix, on a cruise around Elwell Island in the Connecticut River at Northampton on Wednesday. It was the first time aboard a kayak for the pups, who were fitted out with their own personal flotation devices. It was a successful maiden voyage and they seemed to take to the crafts - save for a few concerned vocalizations heard from Holmes. Purchase photo reprints »

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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 »

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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 »

Health Advice

Dancing with Parkinson’s: How rhythmic movements help relieve symptoms

Monday, June 29, 2015

To at least half of the 10 people gathered for Fritha Pengelly’s dance class at Thornes Marketplace in Northampton on a recent Tuesday afternoon, just getting there was a challenge. Some of them have trouble controlling their limbs. …

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 …