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CAROL LOLLIS
left, Avital Carlis administrative director of the cancer center and Mark Novotny, Vice president Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, talk about the new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson.

Construction of new cancer center to begin at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The first highly visible sign that a new era in cancer treatment is dawning at Cooley Dickinson Hospital will roll onto the hospital grounds Monday morning in the form of a 200-ton crane. Over a seven-day span, construction crews will use the crane to position 108 steel beams onto the roof of what will become part of the …

Many African-Americans fall into a health ‘coverage gap’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of people of color who do not have health insurance is projected to fall dramatically by 2016, greatly narrowing the historic disparities in coverage between whites and nonwhites. But one minority group is likely to benefit less than others: African-Americans. Fifty-five percent of all African-Americans reside in the 23 states that have not …

Medicare to transform how it pays doctors, hospitals

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration outlined ambitious new goals Monday to transform over the next four years the way that the gargantuan Medicare program pays doctors and hospitals, rewarding providers that achieve better outcomes for patients rather than those that just do more. The move away from so-called fee-for-service medicine is a central, if little recognized, goal of the Affordable Care Act, which …

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS

Steve Holt cuts  cuts a marked tree down in  the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd.  in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled.

    CAROL LOLLIS Steve Holt cuts cuts a marked tree down in the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd. in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MATT BURKHARTT
Students walk between the Southwest Residence Halls on campus at the University of Massachusetts where riots have taken place on Superbowl Sunday in previous years.

    MATT BURKHARTT Students walk between the Southwest Residence Halls on campus at the University of Massachusetts where riots have taken place on Superbowl Sunday in previous years. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Check it out: Area health events and news briefs

Monday, December 8, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com HIP AND KNEE PAIN TALK The common causes of hip and knee pain, along with treatment options, will be discussed by surgeon Daniel Sage, Dec. 18 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The free lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Dakin …

Womens’ Health: Tips for staying well during the holidays

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday season is upon us, a time for warmth and togetherness, good tidings and joy. Or, if you’re like many American women, a time for sniffly noses and sore throats, stress headaches and crushing fatigue. From holiday baking to shopping for gifts, many women take on extra time …

No pity, no opinions, just an empathetic ear from the ‘befriending’ volunteers at Cancer Connection in Northampton

Monday, December 8, 2014

When Sarah Malzone of Northampton was being treated for breast cancer in 2009, she was caring for her toddler daughter, balding and feeling isolated. While she felt lucky to have people in her life who loved and supported …

Athletes should pay extra attention to dental care, expert says

Monday, December 8, 2014

Everyone needs to take care of their teeth, but athletes can have a special burden. The sugary drinks, dry mouths, sweating and falling can each take a toll, some more than others, says Dr. Sharon Colvin, an athlete …

Area Support groups, health programs

Monday, December 8, 2014

SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS AGING GRACEFULLY — A support group focusing on issues of living fully, aging gracefully and befriending death meets alternate Mondays 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the South Deerfield Senior Center. Participants may attend occasionally or regularly. For more information, contact John Berkowitz at 413-325-4533 or …

Health spending growth slows to 3.6%

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — Health spending in the U.S. grew in 2013 at the slowest rate ever recorded, a new government study indicates, marking the extension of a historic slowdown in medical spending that began after the last recession. Total spending on health care increased just 3.6 percent last year …

Lifeline: Irina Ukrainets is hired to help Harriet Vageline of Belchertown with her personal care but their bond goes deep

Monday, December 1, 2014

Saying, “Good morning. I love you. It’s time to get up,” is not part of Irina Ukrainets’ job description. As a personal care assistant her duties include helping Harriet Lee Vageline bathe and dress. Ukrainets washes dishes, vacuums, …

Check it out: Upcoming health events in the Valley

Monday, December 1, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com WEIGHT LOSS: BEYOND DIETING Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, will describe various approaches to weight loss outside of diet and exercise Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The lecture is free and …

Ongoing support groups, health programs in the Valley

Monday, December 1, 2014

PHYSICAL WELL-BEING BLOOD PRESSURE — A walk-in blood pressure clinic for seniors is held on the first Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Free. For more information call 587-1228. CANCER — Cancer Connection, 41 Locust St., Northampton, …

Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, …