Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Sunny
82°
Sunny
Hi 83° | Lo 58°

Health

CAROL LOLLIS
Maya Constantine, 3,  and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning.

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 and Maya Constantine. “There’s times when I have been frustrated,” Boas said. “But I don’t want them to hit, so I feel …

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 the bill striking California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations on a 24-14 vote. Mississippi and …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pleases send notices to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Supersitters Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton is offering a class for kids, ages 12 and up, to learn baby-sitting basics. It will take place July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The session will cover infant care — including handling, feeding and diapering — as well as fire safety, first aid, when and whom to call for …

  • DAN LITTLE
South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
John Bledsoe, who is the deacon of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in South Hadley, prepares for Holy Communion with Father Thomas Shea, Sunday. Both are retiring.

    JERREY ROBERTS John Bledsoe, who is the deacon of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in South Hadley, prepares for Holy Communion with Father Thomas Shea, Sunday. Both are retiring. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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 …

‘Minute Clinic’: Pharmacy provides quick care to supplement doctors’ hours

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sitting on a folding chair in a small room at the back of CVS/ Pharmacy in Northampton, Christopher Meoli of Northborough had the sleeve of his T-shirt rolled up waiting for the needle family nurse practitioner Connie Turner …

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, May 11, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Women vets clinic open All women veterans are invited to attend the ribbon cutting Thursday at 1 p.m. to officially open the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System Women’s Health Clinic, 421 Main St., Leeds. The new clinic provides care for women in …

The first gynecological exam: What you should know

Monday, May 11, 2015

(Note: This column first ran five years ago. It has been updated by the author.) A young woman can be filled with anxiety and fear during her first gynecological examination. These fears are typically based on embarrassment or inaccurate information about what the exam feels like and what …

Liberia celebrates end of Ebola

Sunday, May 10, 2015

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Drumbeats echoed across Liberia’s capital on Sunday as Christian leaders heeded the president’s call to celebrate the eradication of Ebola in the country following a horrific outbreak that claimed more than 4,700 lives in …

Study: Measles vaccine may have other benefits

Thursday, May 7, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years. It’s long been known that contracting measles …

Death of SurveyMonkey chief executive David Goldberg prompts safety reminders about treadmills

Thursday, May 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though treadmill-related injuries are few and far between despite the recent death of a high-tech executive while exercising in Mexico, fitness experts advise their clients to be vigilant when using the popular cardio machine. “It’s one …

New England Health Center in Sunderland receives poor government inspection reports

Thursday, May 7, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A Sunderland nursing home has received some poor government inspection reports since it was purchased by an out-of-state company three years ago. The federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, which oversee both the federal Medicare program and quality standards in nursing homes, has given the …

‘Invisible Chains’: Amherst psychologist’s new book sheds light on emotional abuse

Monday, May 4, 2015

In her recently published book, Amherst psychologist Lisa Aronson Fontes writes of a couple, Mandy and Tom, who were married after a whirlwind courtship featuring gifts of flowers and cards. But following their wedding Tom began complaining about …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, May 4, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Coping with kids The Gateway Family Center and Center for Women & Community in Huntington is hosting a free workshop on children’s behavior Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. “Teaching Boundaries to Children and Other Strategies to Prevent Abuse,” will cover addressing …