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Health

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, May 18, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Benefits for seniors Northampton Senior Services and Senior Center has received a three-year grant for a pilot program to assist elders in acquiring benefits that will help them remain independent. The program, called Benefits Counseling, relies on community members to work one-on-one with seniors to help them enroll in programs like no-interest loans and grants for home repair, weatherization, energy efficiency upgrades, SNAP and other …

Health Events: Support groups, resources

Monday, May 18, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ FOOD ISSUES OVEREATER’S ANONYMOUS — Every Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Pelham Library. Accessible. Beginners, Step, writing and reflection. WEIGHT LOSS — TOPS, an organization with the goal of supporting people in the struggle of weight loss, meets Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Easthampton Community Center, 12 Clark St. …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, May 11, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS EXPRESSION THROUGH MOVEMENT — Open to female-identified survivors of sexual assault who are Five College Students or residents of Hampshire County. Survivors of sexual violence sometimes feel physically numb. This group employs movement to tap into the power of muscle memory to embody an emotion that may be difficult for …

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Eeli Sointu-Block, right, 3, of Northampton, along with Asher Wood, 2 1/2, of Northampton and Ruby Wilhelm-Klarich, left, 3, of Williamsburg take part in the annual Rob Belknap Cycle Rally at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill on Wednesday in Northampton.

    KEVIN GUTTING Eeli Sointu-Block, right, 3, of Northampton, along with Asher Wood, 2 1/2, of Northampton and Ruby Wilhelm-Klarich, left, 3, of Williamsburg take part in the annual Rob Belknap Cycle Rally at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill on Wednesday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Kelly Palm, left, her son, Hunter, 12, and her mother, Jody O'Brien, talk about their visit to China Monday at the Palm's home in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Kelly Palm, left, her son, Hunter, 12, and her mother, Jody O'Brien, talk about their visit to China Monday at the Palm's home in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

The destructive power of painkillers: UMass event shines a light on epidemic addiction

Monday, April 20, 2015

Addressing about 100 students and community members, University of Massachusetts Health Services physician Maria Gallo asked how many knew somebody who had taken a prescription drug for recreation. About 70 hands went up. It might not have been …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital mum about departure of Jeanne Ryan, vice president and hospice director

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jeanne M. Ryan, who was hired in 2007 to lead Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice — and recently promoted to vice president of post-acute care in addition to the hospice post, no longer works at the hospital. Cooley Dickinson spokeswoman Julia Sorensen, chief marketing and communications …

Stranger danger: Study raises worries about ordering breast milk online

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When a blood clot in her brain prevented Jesi Paschen from nursing her second daughter, she turned to what she believed was the next best thing: breast milk from another mother. The 27-year-old mom wanted newborn Radlee, now …

Quinn on Nutrition: Eggs may be back in dietary favor

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Can we really put eggs back in our shopping carts without fearing that we’ll drop dead with a heart attack? Perhaps, according to a report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that will be used to draft the …

Oddly named ‘exploding head syndrome’ disrupts college students’ sleep

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nearly one in five college students may suffer from “exploding head syndrome,” a psychological condition in which people are abruptly awakened from sleep by imaginary loud noises or blasts. That’s according to Washington State University researchers who have …

Women’s Health: Here’s the skinny on dense breasts

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You knew breasts came in all sizes, shapes, and colors. But did you know they also come in varying degrees of density? If you haven’t heard of dense breasts, you’re not alone. In January when a Massachusetts law went into effect that required mammography providers to inform women …

State to ease pot shop licensing

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts health officials are streamlining the way the state issues licenses under its Medical Marijuana Dispensary program to prevent delays in treatment for those who qualify for it. Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel on Wednesday said the licensing system has been “a confusing, overly …

Migraine studies yield fresh approaches to ward off pain

Monday, April 6, 2015

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you’ve got plenty of company. More than 10 percent of the population is hurting right along with you, including 18 percent of women. Migraines are most common from the ages of 25 …

Cesarean bonding: More hospitals allowing close contact with babies after C-sections

Monday, April 6, 2015

Minutes after taking her first breath outside the womb, Kathryn “Katie” Marie Wilusz cuddled on her mom’s bare chest, gazing in the direction of her voice. Dad sat close by, dressed in scrubs, as she wrapped a tiny …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, April 6, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com CDH now offers tub for labor A new hydrotherapy tub, providing comfort for laboring women, is now available in Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Childbirth Center in Northampton. Gabriel Kennedy Costa, the first to use it March 25 during the birth of her son, Theodore …