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Jaime Caron of Northampton to run reopened central region Department of Children and Families office in Worcester

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jaime Caron, a Northampton resident and longtime Department of Children and Families employee, has been selected to lead a central regional office the agency is reestablishing in January. Budget cuts led the child welfare agency to close the central office in 2009 and merge it with the western Massachusetts regional office, which then became responsible for more than half of the agency’s geography and cases. The reinstated central …

Team of Pioneer Valley medical professionals will travel to Uganda in January

Monday, November 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On a trip to Uganda in 2011, Dr. Ann Markes instructed local midwives and medical professionals to write a song about treating infant dehydration and diarrhea. She expected the group to create a short tune about the process of making the rehydrating fluid to treat the condition. Instead, they created a …

Cancer Q&A: How to approach telling others that you have cancer

Monday, November 30, 2015

Telling friends and family you have cancer can be as stressful as hearing the diagnosis from your doctor. You are carrying a big weight on your shoulders, but telling people about your diagnosis can ease that burden. Also, this is a time when you are going to need the comfort and support of friends and family. How do you tell your partner, your …

Food for Good conference at UMass addresses issue of hunger in Massachusetts

Friday, October 30, 2015

AMHERST — Even in what is considered a well-to-do state like Massachusetts, one in three households are considered food insecure, with adults and sometimes children not knowing where they will get their next meal. The easiest way to address this hunger epidemic may be to ensure that workers …

Health Events

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS — The Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center class meets Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in the birthing center conference room. The classes run for seven consecutive weeks and …

Hep C: What are the symptoms?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Many people with hepatitis C don’t know they have the infection. Symptoms typically don’t appear until later in the course of chronic infection. Signs of chronic infection include:  Bleeding easily  Bruising easily  Itchy skin  Fluid accumulation in your abdomen  Swelling in the legs …

Quinn on Nutrition: The skinny on fats

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Remember the headlines a few years ago that announced “butter is back”? Hold on to your churn, grandma. According to the latest research from Harvard School of Public Health, it’s a bit more complicated than that. These scientists looked at health outcomes for more than 84,000 women and …

Check it out: Health briefs

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Sex after cancer A discussion of how sex and intimacy are affected by cancer will be held Nov. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust Street, Northampton. The event, …

Hep C: Why doctors say all baby boomers should be tested

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Like many hepatitis C patients, Anthony Lo Russo, 64, lived with the virus for years before he knew he had it. Even after a routine blood test flagged it in 1995, he eschewed hep C drugs because of …

Moderate year for Lyme disease in northern New England

Friday, October 23, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Northern New England is apparently enjoying a moderate season for Lyme disease, partly because of the summer’s dry weather, but health officials warned Friday that disease-carrying ticks are still crawling around out there. Lyme disease in Maine reached a record last year of nearly 1,400 …

Hampshire County expected to see decrease in opioid overdose deaths in 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As opioid overdose deaths continued to climb statewide last year and remain high in 2015, the trend in Hampshire County has moved in the opposite direction, local and state data suggest. Hampshire County was one of …

Quinn on Nutrition: Healthful cooked pumpkin too often loaded with sugar

Monday, October 19, 2015

It was an amazing display of pumpkins at this roadside junction. Brightly colored pumpkins of every shape and size flirted with us to take them home. So we filled our carts (make it two carts) and hauled them home — some for decoration and others for eating. And …

area health events

Monday, October 19, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS TRANSPARENTS — Support group for parents and family of transgender, gender-nonconforming or questioning children, teenagers and adults meets the first Thursday of each month in Holyoke. Contact us at PVTransParents1@gmail.com. WIDOWER’S COUNSELING — A group …