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Study: Hour of physical activity a day helps kids think better

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here’s another reason to get your kids off the couch and make them run around instead: It will help them think better. In a paper published in Pediatrics, researchers report that kids 7 to 9 years old who attended a daily, after-school fitness program showed an increased ability to pay attention, avoid distraction and switch between tasks at the end of a nine-month period, compared with a control group that …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton reports no enterovirus D-68 cases

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While at least three hospitals in Massachusetts, including Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, have reported treating children with a viral respiratory illness that has spread throughout the country, Cooley Dickinson Hospital said the virus has not been confirmed in any of its young patients. At Baystate Children’s Hospital, eight patients who …

Nurses sue over vaccine mandate

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The nurses’ union at one of Boston’s major teaching hospitals has sued to block a policy that would require nurses to get flu shots. The Massachusetts Nurses Association’s lawsuit against Brigham and Women’s Hospital filed this week in Suffolk Superior Court comes as state public health officials are leaning on hospitals to improve flu vaccination rates among health care workers. …

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Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick.

    KEVIN GUTTING Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick. Purchase photo reprints »

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Tim Luce, principal at Maple school in Easthampton who recently retired,  says hello to students in Susan Syer's second grade class during a visit.

    CAROL LOLLIS Tim Luce, principal at Maple school in Easthampton who recently retired, says hello to students in Susan Syer's second grade class during a visit. Purchase photo reprints »

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University of Massachusetts football team cheerleaders head down MinuteFan Way to lead the UMass Minuteman Marching Band into McGuirk Stadium for the homecoming match against Bowling Green on Saturday.

    KEVIN GUTTING University of Massachusetts football team cheerleaders head down MinuteFan Way to lead the UMass Minuteman Marching Band into McGuirk Stadium for the homecoming match against Bowling Green on Saturday.

Health Advice

Hospice offers video service to keep memories alive

Monday, August 25, 2014

Faith Broadnax yanked out her breathing tube. If the “skinny white woman” with the camera - as the headstrong 80-year-old referred to hospice volunteer Maria McKenna - insisted on shooting video of her singing a hymn, she wasn’t …

Vegan vs. cavemen Cardiologists square off on nutrition

Monday, August 25, 2014

Dr. Kim Williams thought he followed a heart-healthy diet: He avoided red meat and fried foods. He ate his chicken breast without the skin. Then in 2003, the Chicago cardiologist realized his level of LDL, the so-called “bad” …

Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths

Friday, August 22, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria — Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa’s largest cities. The …

Cost to raise a child rises to more than $245,000

Monday, August 18, 2014

The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born in 2013 to age 18 rose to $245,340, up 1.8 percent from the previous year, according to a government report released Monday. Housing comprised the largest expense …

Peek into brain shows how kids learn math skills

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. The …

Health note: Better chance for a cure? Cervical cancer study of promising drug

Monday, August 18, 2014

Better chance for a cure? Cervical cancer study of promising drug A national clinical trial is underway with the goal of improving survival rates for cervical cancer patients worldwide. Dr. Charles Kunos, medical director of radiation oncology at …

Treating depression

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The biggest danger with depression, said Karin Jeffers, chief executive officer of Clinical & Support Options in Northampton, is when people underestimate the impact it can have on the person suffering. People often “think it’s not their place to get involved,” she said, “when in fact … 1

Lessons of stigmas, stereotypes in Williams’ death

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jamie Masada, the owner of the fabled Los Angeles-based comedy club the Laugh Factory, vividly remembers a warm exchange with comic Richard Jeni of the two sharing words of encouragement and gentle ribbing. “The next day I heard … 1

Check it out: bereavement support, Parkinson’s disease dance program

Monday, August 18, 2014

LGBT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT An eight-week LGBT Bereavement Support Group, for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender adults who have experienced the death of a life partner or spouse, will be held Thursdays from Oct. 2 through Nov. 20. Participants explore reactions to loss, learn about the grieving process and …

Health events

Monday, August 18, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ VISION, SPEECH AND HEARING STUTTERING — A support group for people dealing with stuttering meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. For information, contact Carla Bernier or Alex Young by email at …