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Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, April 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Legal advice for elders Northampton Attorney Michael Hooker will be at the Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Road Chesterfield, Thursday at 5 p.m. to present a free workshop on how to protect assets like real estate, property and financials through wills, trusts, powers of attorney, Medicaid (MassHealth), estate planning and more. The presentation, arranged by Hilltown Community Health Centers, will be followed by a question and …

It’s tick time: They’re back in force, so step up the body checks

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring has sprung, baseball season’s first pitch has been thrown, April’s rains have been falling, and the ticks are back. Even if you can’t see them. Just ask Michael Noonan of Florence. On a Thursday, a couple of weeks ago, Noonan, 62, noticed a red spot the size of a half dollar on …

Relay for Life has long counted Cooley Dickison as a key supporter

Monday, April 27, 2015

The following is the third in a series of monthly stories about participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County, which takes place June 19 to 20 in Look Park in Florence. The staff at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton sees the hospital as part of a larger community, …

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University of Massachusetts Amherst senior Andrew Sousa explains his team project, "Otto", to Tracy Whelen during the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Senior Design Project Day held in Marcus Hall on Friday. Otto is designed as a "personal cameraman" by using an autonomous quadcopter (drone) that will follow and videotape via the GPS signal from the user's smart phone.

    KEVIN GUTTING University of Massachusetts Amherst senior Andrew Sousa explains his team project, "Otto", to Tracy Whelen during the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Senior Design Project Day held in Marcus Hall on Friday. Otto is designed as a "personal cameraman" by using an autonomous quadcopter (drone) that will follow and videotape via the GPS signal from the user's smart phone. Purchase photo reprints »

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Annalyse Arnold, left, 16, leads four-year-old Kaleigh Fallon, dressed as Belle, down the runway during the "When I Grow Up" fashion show by Little Bear Learn and Care daycare center at Blue Guitar Space, Thursday in Easthampton.The fashion show encouraged anti-bullying efforts and developing social emotional skills at a young age, as well as celebrating diversity and individuality.

    DAN LITTLE Annalyse Arnold, left, 16, leads four-year-old Kaleigh Fallon, dressed as Belle, down the runway during the "When I Grow Up" fashion show by Little Bear Learn and Care daycare center at Blue Guitar Space, Thursday in Easthampton.The fashion show encouraged anti-bullying efforts and developing social emotional skills at a young age, as well as celebrating diversity and individuality. Purchase photo reprints »

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Richard Hayden of Marois Construction guides a stone section from the front steps of the Hampshire County Courthouse as it's removed for renovation Thursday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Richard Hayden of Marois Construction guides a stone section from the front steps of the Hampshire County Courthouse as it's removed for renovation Thursday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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. …

Health events: Workshops, support groups, resources

Monday, March 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING GENTLE MOVEMENT —and Yoga classes for Parkinson’s Disease with Donna Brooks. Improves coordination, dexterity, strength, balance, motor control and rapidity. Fun filled classes: Wednesdays: 9:30 to 10:30 emphasizes Yoga and relaxation. 11 a.m. to noon emphasizes …

Pushing through pain: New back treatments keep patients on the move

Monday, March 23, 2015

After he had battled lower back pain for three months with hot showers, analgesic heat rubs and heating pads, it finally happened. Chris Roth awoke one morning barely able to move. This was a huge problem for Roth. …

Governor’s task force hears that long-term treatment needed to battle opioids

Thursday, March 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and other members of the governor’s Opioid Crisis Working Group heard three hours of testimony Thursday on the western Massachusetts stop of their listening tour. The group by …

Aid workers flown home for Ebola monitoring

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NEW YORK — Four more American aid workers arrived back in the United States on Tuesday from West Africa to be monitored for Ebola, health officials said. The latest arrivals bring to 15 the number of aid workers …

‘The Way to Go’: Amherst author Marietta Pritchard's book illuminates a gentle end through Hospice of the Fisher Home stories

Monday, March 16, 2015

Recently, on a gloriously sunny, spring-like morning, author Marietta Pritchard, stood in the kitchen of the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst, fixing herself a cup of tea, talking about how she would like to die. “I’ve …

US health workers exit Sierra Leone over Ebola

Sunday, March 15, 2015

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Ten health care workers with a Boston-based nonprofit organization responding to Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak are to be evacuated to the United States after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease. …

New coalition to fight opioid addiction in Hampshire County may offer Narcan at Walgreens

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Narcan, the nasal spray that can reverse an opiate overdose, may soon be available to addicts or their loved ones at Walgreens pharmacies in Northampton and Greenfield as part of the efforts of coalitions fighting heroin …

Women’s Health: How being mindful eases stress, enhances life

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

As our lives get increasingly busy and demanding, women, especially, suffer from more anxiety and depression. In a recent study of Canadian women, those conditions were among the most frequently reported health problems. A 2004 study by Spanish researcher Pilar Matud, which looked at 3,000 men and women, …

Liberia releases last Ebola patient

Thursday, March 5, 2015

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free. “I am one of the happiest human beings today on …