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Tufts Medical, Lowell General seek merger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LOWELL (ap) — Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Lowell General Hospital have reached a tentative deal on a merger officials say will make both institutions stronger while lowering medical costs. Both are among the last remaining independent hospitals in the state and had been looking for partnership opportunities. Under terms of a tentative agreement announced Monday, each nonprofit hospital would continue to operate independently under a new parent organization, … 0

Judge blocks painkiller ban

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction after the maker of the drug, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban ordered by Gov. Deval Patrick last month is unconstitutional. Zobel said in issuing the injunction that Massachusetts appears to have overstepped its … 0

Forecasters map potential storms

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — Starting this year, national hurricane forecasters will issue maps showing where there’s potential for storm-driven seawater to charge miles inland to flood streets, knock down homes and kill people. The new online map will appear on the center’s website when a watch is announced for a hurricane and for some tropical storms. It is being showcased this week at the … 0

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Dave Roitman led a group of Activists with  Represent.Us in a chant during a protest Tuesday evening  on Main street Northampton calling for "No Taxation Without Representation."

    CAROL LOLLIS Dave Roitman led a group of Activists with Represent.Us in a chant during a protest Tuesday evening on Main street Northampton calling for "No Taxation Without Representation." Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Holly Ghazey of Northampton helps her grandson, Robby Bates, 3, of Hatfield, wash two dolls at the Sunnyside Child Care Center table of the Brain Building Festival at Jackson Street School in Northampton Saturday. The yearly event is hosted by the Northampton public schools as part of the Week of the Young Child celebrations.

    KEVIN GUTTING Holly Ghazey of Northampton helps her grandson, Robby Bates, 3, of Hatfield, wash two dolls at the Sunnyside Child Care Center table of the Brain Building Festival at Jackson Street School in Northampton Saturday. The yearly event is hosted by the Northampton public schools as part of the Week of the Young Child celebrations. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Donovan Riley, right, of Amherst Regional, shoots against Jack Shea, of Northampton, Monday in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Donovan Riley, right, of Amherst Regional, shoots against Jack Shea, of Northampton, Monday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Mailing poop: An alternative to the colonoscopy proving reliable

Monday, March 24, 2014

A new test that requires people to send stool samples in the mail for laboratory analysis is proving nearly as reliable as a colonoscopy in identifying potentially fatal colon cancers. The DNA screening test, invented at the Mayo … 0

CHECK IT OUT:

Monday, March 24, 2014

NUTRITIONIST LAUNCHES ONLINE PROGRAM Craig Fear, a certified nutritional therapist, will offer an eight-week online nutrition program, “Fearless Digestion: Heal Your Gut. Transform Your Life!” beginning April 23 at 8 p.m. Fear will discuss the underlying causes of digestive disorders such as heartburn, gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), … 0

Check it out: Local health events

Monday, March 17, 2014

MENTAL HEALTH AND DISCRIMINATION A question-and-answer session on employment discrimination and mental illness will be held March 24, 7 to 9 p.m., at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Northampton attorney James B. Winston will lead this free program. For more information contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western … 0

The Fatherhood Journey: Listening with heart, good for father’s ears and mouth

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sometimes my ears get tired. It happens before my first sip of morning tea, when my 7 and 4 year-olds, Zoe and Adam, are exuberant about the new day, feuding over first-rights to the breakfast cereal, or both. … 0

Health events

Monday, March 17, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING ADOPTION — The Easthampton Area Parent Support Group, a parent-run group for foster and adoptive parents, kin and guardians, meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the library at the Treehouse Community … 0

Parents eager, but doctors say wait for clinical trials

Monday, March 17, 2014

Nicole Gross was so desperate to find relief for her son’s near-constant, debilitating seizures that she moved him from Naperville, Ill., to Colorado so he could receive medical marijuana. Weeks after Chase Gross, 8, started taking a marijuana … 0

Small study says raw milk no help for lactose intolerance

Monday, March 17, 2014

A pilot study failed to show that drinking raw milk reduces the symptoms of lactose intolerance or malabsorption. The condition is common worldwide, and can lead to bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Coping strategies include not drinking milk, … 0

In Senate, FDA chief takes fire over new painkiller

Thursday, March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debate over a powerful new painkiller ratcheted up Thursday as the head of the Food and Drug Administration defended the drug’s approval and a West Virginia Senator responded with a bill to force it off the market. FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told Senate lawmakers … 0

How to add a workout at the workplace

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ways to add more movement to your workday include taking the stairs, pacing while on the phone and marking walking trails. 1. Walk or bike to work once a week. 2. Don’t park your car in the spot … 0

Health events

Monday, March 10, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS CODEPENDENCY: A Codependency Anonymous meeting for men. Participants work toward recovery and developing and maintaining healthy relationships. Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank community room, 325 King St., Northampton. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — Safe … 0