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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 …

  • KEVIN GUTTING
During a presentation by Fort River sixth graders Morgan Brennan, center, and Taylor Masteralexis on the portrayal of women in the media, State Representative Ellen Story, left, expressed disbelief that there really is a woman who underwent plastic surgery to have a body like a Barbie doll.  On Friday, Story and Amherst Town Manager John Musante took part in "miniature lobbying meetings" with sixth graders who put forth proposals on issues like MCAS testing, arts funding, food insecurity and relationships between police departments and communities. The classes are to have a second pair of lobbying sessions with U.S. Representative James McGovern and Fort River assistant principal Diane Chamberlain on Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING During a presentation by Fort River sixth graders Morgan Brennan, center, and Taylor Masteralexis on the portrayal of women in the media, State Representative Ellen Story, left, expressed disbelief that there really is a woman who underwent plastic surgery to have a body like a Barbie doll. On Friday, Story and Amherst Town Manager John Musante took part in "miniature lobbying meetings" with sixth graders who put forth proposals on issues like MCAS testing, arts funding, food insecurity and relationships between police departments and communities. The classes are to have a second pair of lobbying sessions with U.S. Representative James McGovern and Fort River assistant principal Diane Chamberlain on Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • GREG SAULMON
Rick M. McNeil of Easthampton looks for common nighthawks in a meadow at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday evening, May 23, 2015.

    GREG SAULMON Rick M. McNeil of Easthampton looks for common nighthawks in a meadow at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday evening, May 23, 2015. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
U.S. Rep. James McGovern speaks outside the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Amity Street before joining a group on a walking tour of Amherst center Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING U.S. Rep. James McGovern speaks outside the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Amity Street before joining a group on a walking tour of Amherst center Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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 …

Health Events

Monday, April 6, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS NAR-ANON — Nar-Anon, a 12-step group for families and friends who have been affected by someone else’s drug use, meets Sundays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Conference Room B at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, March 30, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com BAYSTATE HOLDS Memorial for childRen Families and friends who have experienced the death of a child over the past year are invited to attend the annual “Service of Remembrance” April 19 held by Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield. The event begins at 1 …

Mass General oncologist describes the complexities of prostate cancer to Cooley Dickinson Hospital audience

Monday, March 30, 2015

Prostate cancer is a disease that the medical profession has had a hard time getting a handle on with unreliable tests, disagreement over danger levels and questions about whether in many cases it even needs to be treated …

Health events: Support groups, workshops, resources

Monday, March 30, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ARTS ANONYNOUS — 12 Step meeting. ARTS — (Artists Recovering Through The Twelve Steps) helps people who are creative or want to be creative overcome creative blockages. Meets Fridays at 6 p.m. at The Bangs …

Quinn on Nutrition: Spring cleaning tips for your kitchen cupboards

Monday, March 30, 2015

Yay! Spring is here. And while there are various theories about how “spring cleaning” came about, I like the biological explanation of why we get the urge to refresh and organize our lives this time of year. According to How Stuff Works, the limited sunlight we are exposed …

Diemand Egg Farm in Wendell cancels annual Easter event because of concerns over bird flu

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WENDELL — The Easter Bunny will skip his annual trip to Diemand Egg Farm, playing it safe amid reported cases of bird flu elsewhere in the country. The farm has held an Easter egg hunt for 10 years, drawing as many as 700 people annually. Reports of avian …

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, March 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Diaper Drive continues The Amherst Area Diaper Drive has collected 12,616 diapers, reaching over two-thirds of its 18,000 diaper goal. As the drive, led by the Amherst Survival Center and Family Outreach of Amherst, heads into its final weeks, it has grown with …