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Health

Check it out: Area health briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com End of life care Members of area faith communities will gather at the First Baptist Church of Amherst Saturday to discuss how clergy, lay caregivers and hospice and palliative care services work together at the end of an individual’s life. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is co-sponsored by the Baptist church and …

Researchers scan healthy brains for dementia signs

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer’s, but the suspects are its two hallmarks — the gunky amyloid in those brain plaques or …

Cooley Dickinson continues staffing changes, eliminating two administrative positions, adding another

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital is eliminating two more high-level positions as it continues to review and restructure its operations, the Gazette learned this week. The hospital also added a new director’s-level position in March. The hospital plans to eliminate the post of administrative director of clinical services and a position in its …

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Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took  down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive.

    JERREY ROBERTS Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive. Purchase photo reprints »

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William Murillo, 4, left, and his brother Richard Murillo, 5, play a fishing game during rainy weather Wednesday night at the annual Amherst Rotary Club Community Fair on the Town Common. They were with their mother, Maria Murillo, of Belchertown. The fair runs through Sunday.

    JERREY ROBERTS William Murillo, 4, left, and his brother Richard Murillo, 5, play a fishing game during rainy weather Wednesday night at the annual Amherst Rotary Club Community Fair on the Town Common. They were with their mother, Maria Murillo, of Belchertown. The fair runs through Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Workers disassemble the Grecourt Gates at Smith College in Northampton on Tuesday. The gates, installed at the corner of West and Elm streets in 1924, will undergo a refurbishing and be reinstalled in the fall semester.

    KEVIN GUTTING Workers disassemble the Grecourt Gates at Smith College in Northampton on Tuesday. The gates, installed at the corner of West and Elm streets in 1924, will undergo a refurbishing and be reinstalled in the fall semester. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Hawaii to set legal smoking age at age 21

Friday, April 24, 2015

HONOLULU — A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor. It’s unclear whether Gov. David Ige will sign …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, April 20, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Getting back in shape Ease into spring sports. That’s the recommendation of Dr. Julio Martinez-Silvestrini, sports medicine specialist and medical director at Baystate Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Springfield. “Getting yourself back in shape to play sports isn’t something that happens overnight,” he …

Health Events:Local support groups, resourses

Monday, April 20, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING BREAST-FEEDING — The LaLeche League of Northampton meets on the first Friday of the month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Cradle on the third floor of Thornes Marketplace, Northampton. Call 586-5627 or contact Rosemary McNaughton at …

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 …