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Health

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, July 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Hilltown health series The Hilltown Community Health Center is offering a free six-week series, “My Life, My Health” focusing on ways to manage on-going health conditions. Taught by certified trainers Diane Meehan and Janet Dimock, the workshops are designed to help those with high blood pressure, arthritis, heart problems, stroke, COPD, cancer and diabetes among other conditions. They will touch on issues …

One in four people prescribed opioids progressed to longer-term prescriptions

Monday, July 27, 2015

Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first time progressed to long-term prescriptions. The answer: 1 in 4. People with histories of tobacco …

Brain circuits awry: Magnet currents heart of new treatment for depression

Monday, July 27, 2015

Depression lifted from Nick O’Madden’s life like a set of foggy glasses being wiped clean. Earlier this summer, O’Madden, 31, felt he was living in a distracted haze, sprinkled with nighttime panic attacks. Now, after undergoing an emerging high-tech treatment involving magnetic currents, he said he’s literally seeing the world in a new …

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and  Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to  Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center.

    JERREY ROBERTS Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Concert-goers gather Saturday on the Westhampton Town Common for a show by Katherine First and the Kitchen Party. It was an installment of the Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series.

    JERREY ROBERTS Concert-goers gather Saturday on the Westhampton Town Common for a show by Katherine First and the Kitchen Party. It was an installment of the Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Amherst agrees to lease part of Bangs Community Center for health services

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AMHERST — People without health insurance could have medical and dental care available in downtown Amherst beginning in early 2017. Hilltown Community Health Center recently signed a five-year lease with Amherst officials to use a section of the lower level of the Bangs Community Center to house what …

The Mediterranean way: The Easthampton Council on Aging offers men a path to healthy living

Monday, June 15, 2015

Inside the old post office that serves as the Easthampton Council on Aging and Enrichment Center on a recent afternoon, 15 men sat listening to dietitian Bill Bradley talk about his trip to the Greek island of Crete. …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, June 15, 2015

Please send notices to Debra Scherban at dscherban@gazettenet.com. Gluten free support Theresa Grisanti, an Eden Energy Medicine certified practitioner, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Celiac and Gluten Free Support Group of Western Massachusetts Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Sylvester’s Restaurant, 111 Pleasant St., Northampton. Grisanti …

Relay for Life: Cancer survivor seeks to give others hope

Monday, June 15, 2015

The following is the last in a series of monthly stories about participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County, a fundraiser which takes place Friday and Saturday in Look Park in Florence. Several …

Health Events

Monday, June 15, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ALATEEN — Meeting for teens whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Meets first and second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton, entrance …

State agency OKs mandate on ICU nurse staffing

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON (ap) — A state agency has approved new regulations on nurse staffing in hospital intensive care units. The Boston Globe reports the Health Policy Commission voted Wednesday to require hospitals to limit patient assignments so each nurse is responsible for no more than two patients. The rules …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, June 8, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Hip and knee pain Orthopedic surgeon Daniel Sage will give a talk on relieving arthritic hip and knee pain Monday at 6 p.m. in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital on Locust Street, Northampton. Sage will discuss commons types of arthritis …

Trail running 101: How to take accelerated hikes without getting hurt

Monday, June 8, 2015

Wellness Director Jennifer Allen watched as six of us, three men and three women, bounded across the large exercise room at the Hampshire Regional YMCA one recent Tuesday evening. We were skipping like a group of children, but, …

Health Events: Support groups, resources

Monday, June 8, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING EPILEPSY — A support group for people with epilepsy and for parents and caregivers of children with epilepsy meets on the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Community Room of …

Women’s Health: When pregnancy and postpartum hurts

Monday, June 8, 2015

I recently ran into a patient with her smiling 6-month-old daughter, and she recalled the experience of early parenthood: “We were shuffling through feeding and changing and soothing and burping like zombies, not sure if we were coming or going. It all seems like some crazy fever dream …