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Merging of two medical practices in Amherst leaves patients looking for new doctors, mourning loss of ‘personal touch’

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — A recent merger of a small medical practice in Amherst with a larger provider in town and a popular doctor’s retirement have left some patients scrambling to find new primary care physicians for their families. The decision by Cooley Dickinson Medical Group to combine the Amherst Family Practice, started by now-retired Dr. Anne Weaver in 2002, with Amherst Internal Medicine at 170 University Drive, is also causing some patients to express concern about a health care system that appears to put the bottom line before patient care. The new practice has been renamed Amherst Medical Associates. Amherst resident Sally Malsch believes the new …

Carter says cancer has spread to brain

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ATLANTA — With a broad smile and an upbeat attitude, former President Jimmy Carter told the world Thursday that he has cancer in his brain, and feels “perfectly at ease with whatever comes.” Carter said doctors had removed melanoma from his liver, but found four small tumors in his brain. Later Thursday, he …

Shutesbury native joins elite Centers for Disease Control team

Sunday, August 16, 2015

SHUTESBURY — During her education in Shutesbury and Amherst schools and eventually at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Alaine Knipes learned that she loved French and biology. Now, she uses her skills in both fields as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer — an elite group known as “disease detectives” — for the federal …

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A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month.

    JERREY ROBERTS A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month. Purchase photo reprints »

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Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse.

    JERREY ROBERTS Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

‘Food is medicine’: Diagnosis produced lifestyle change and a switch to ‘veganic’ growing

Monday, July 13, 2015

Before the diagnosis, and long before any thoughts about “veganic farming,” Janet McKee was devoting physical and mental energy to a frenzied corporate career. That lifestyle caught up with her when she learned she had ulcerative colitis — …

Health Events

Monday, July 13, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS CAREGIVERS — A caregivers support group meets Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the East Wing 2 Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The group helps family and friends understand issues related to …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton awards nursing scholarships

Monday, July 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Each year, nursing scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors who wish to encourage excellence in health care and continuing education. The Cooley Dickinson Development Team announced the recipients of the 2015 Nursing Scholarship Awards last month at an awards luncheon. The funds are …

Amherst has 50 lock boxes to hold house keys available for seniors

Saturday, July 11, 2015

AMHERST — The Center for Extended Care and the Arbors of Amherst recently donated $1,000 to the Amherst TRIAD/Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Council’s Safe Entry Program to allow Amherst seniors to have a lock box installed outside their home at no cost. Affiliated with the Safe Entry …

Pioneer Valley doctors: Blood clot risk up but small with birth control pills

Friday, July 10, 2015

While a state medical examiner recently reported that a University of Massachusetts student died last fall from blood clots in her lung’s arteries possibly caused by birth control pills, two local doctors say the risk for most women …

Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Medicare said Wednesday it plans to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care, the same idea that sparked accusations of “death panels” and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama’s health care law six years ago. The policy change, to take effect Jan. 1, …

Heroin use, addiction surging in US

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Heroin use surged over the past decade, and the wave of addiction and overdose is closely related to the nation’s ongoing prescription drug epidemic, federal health officials said Tuesday. A new report says that 2.6 out of every 1,000 U.S. residents 12 and older used heroin in the …

All the right moves: How a Smith College athlete Claire Edwards’ connections in the gym led to a career in dentistry

Monday, July 6, 2015

As a track and field athlete at Smith College in Northampton, Claire Edwards knew how important it was to be in the right place at the right time. If she wanted a strong finish to a race, she …

Despite court ruling, Valley parents, experts disagree with spanking as an option for discipline

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting at the child-friendly Cup and Top Café with her 3-year-old twin daughters, Jenny Boas acknowledged that parenting isn’t always easy. But, the Florence resident said, she has never used physical discipline on her girls, Ella …

Calif. Legislature passes strict school vaccine bill

Monday, June 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland. The Senate reaffirmed …