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Saint Francis to merge with Trinity Health

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford-based Saint Francis Care has announced plans to merge with Trinity Health and form a nonprofit regional health system in New England. Trinity is a national system of Roman Catholic health care institutions that already includes the Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, Massachusetts. The new regional system would include Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Mercy Medical Center in Springfield and several other smaller hospitals. …

Sierra Leone bans Christmas celebrations in effort to stop Ebola virus

Friday, December 12, 2014

Authorities in Sierra Leone have banned public Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola, according to local news reports. Paolo Conteh, who heads the country’s Ebola response, said troops would be deployed to prevent any street parties, and residents should spend the holidays at home, Sierra Leone’s Awoko newspaper reported Friday. “He sternly warned that there …

NY doctor opens office in Greenfield to certify patients for medical marijuana use

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — One doctor has set up shop on Federal Street to certify patients for medical marijuana just as the state has provisionally approved a dispensary downtown. Dr. Kwesi Ntiforo has opened DocsConsult Medical at 106 Federal St. in addition to his work as a part-time overnight hospitalist at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. …

Opioid Task Force asks local government leaders to focus attention on abuse

Friday, November 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small-town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble Thursday night presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to members …

Forum at Northampton Senior Center examines ethics behind end-of-life decisions

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bob and Patricia Lynch are thinking a lot about death these days. The South Hadley couple has spent the last several years discussing what they want to happen after they die, what their funerals will be like and where their ashes will be kept after they …

The ethics of ‘death with dignity’: Panel discussion Thursday to address of end-of-life choices

Monday, November 10, 2014

In September the Gazette published a series of articles about Eleanor “Lee” Hawkins, who had decided to end her life at age 90 by not eating and drinking. She died Sept. 2, after two weeks of refusing food …

Check It Out: Health briefs

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com CDH OPEN HOUSES Cooley Dickinson Heath Care is hosting two open houses this week to allow the public to meet staff and tour facilities. The first takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 10 Denniston Place, Northampton, one of the hospital’s …

Mass. town weighs nation’s first tobacco ban

Sunday, November 9, 2014

WESTMINSTER — The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband …

The Schroth Method: Beyond braces for scoliosis patients

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — When Trevor Johnson was 11, his growing spine took a detour from the normal straight path. Instead of stacking neatly one atop the other, his vertebrae began to drift sideways into an S-shape and his rib …

CVS tacks tobacco payment to prescription network

Monday, November 3, 2014

First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that sell smokes. The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain is developing a new tobacco-free pharmacy …

New life for an old treatment: With a spinal cord stimulator, Army vet is finally free of unbearable back pain

Monday, November 3, 2014

Good news: Craig Hoffman separated his shoulder. Wait. Why is that good news? Let’s back up. Three months ago the 49-year-old Lansing, Ka., man couldn’t do much of anything without wincing in pain. His lower back hurt too …

Health Events

Monday, November 3, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ VISION, SPEECH AND HEARING STUTTERING — A support group for people dealing with stuttering meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. For information, contact Carla Bernier or Alex Young by email at …

Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

Friday, October 31, 2014

FORT KENT, Maine — A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation’s biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public …