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Merging of two medical practices in Amherst leaves patients looking for new doctors, mourning loss of ‘personal touch’

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — A recent merger of a small medical practice in Amherst with a larger provider in town and a popular doctor’s retirement have left some patients scrambling to find new primary care physicians for their families. The decision by Cooley Dickinson Medical Group to combine the Amherst Family Practice, started by now-retired Dr. Anne Weaver in 2002, with Amherst Internal Medicine at 170 University Drive, is also causing some patients to express concern about a health care system that appears to put the bottom line before patient care. The new practice has been renamed Amherst Medical Associates. Amherst resident Sally Malsch believes the new …

Carter says cancer has spread to brain

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ATLANTA — With a broad smile and an upbeat attitude, former President Jimmy Carter told the world Thursday that he has cancer in his brain, and feels “perfectly at ease with whatever comes.” Carter said doctors had removed melanoma from his liver, but found four small tumors in his brain. Later Thursday, he …

Shutesbury native joins elite Centers for Disease Control team

Sunday, August 16, 2015

SHUTESBURY — During her education in Shutesbury and Amherst schools and eventually at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Alaine Knipes learned that she loved French and biology. Now, she uses her skills in both fields as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer — an elite group known as “disease detectives” — for the federal …

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Jeffrey  Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jeffrey Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field. Purchase photo reprints »

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Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right. Purchase photo reprints »

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Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies,  Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence.

    DAN LITTLE Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies, Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

US birth rate finally rises, thanks to older moms

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The nation’s birth rate rose 1 percent last year as parents in the U.S. welcomed nearly 4 million babies into the world, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That increase may not sound like much, but it’s the first time the …

State launches opioid awareness campaign

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is launching a public awareness campaign aimed at educating parents about the warning signs of opioid abuse. Gov. Charlie Baker says the campaign begins Wednesday and will run throughout the summer on television and online. The state has also launched a new website: www.mass.gov/StopAddiction. …

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, …