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Jeff Donato, a jazz guitarist and personal trainer, had none of the characteristics that might predispose him to a brain aneurysm, but he survived slim odds after a blood vessel suddenly ballooned and burst. Following a lengthy recovery, he is back to his life-long weightlifting regimen and is reteaching himself jazz guitar.

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Blindsided by aneurysms, patients hail support program

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ten days after signing the lease on Resurrection Fitness, in Carnegie, Pa., Jeff Donato was found lying in a pool of blood. At a local hospital, doctors ordered a rush CT scan and, as they were wheeling him into surgery, they told his wife that he had had a ruptured brain aneurysm. A blood vessel in the left side of … 0

Health notes: Broccoli, measuring medicine

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fight air pollution with broccoli If you live in a region with lots of air pollution, you might not always breathe easy. So it might help to sit back, relax and enjoy a helping or two of broccoli. Better yet, have a stiff cup of broccoli-sprout tea. It might not be the advice you expect to protect yourself from pollution. But a study … 0

Strokes increasing among adolescents, young adults

Monday, July 21, 2014

After a fun night out with her girlfriends late last year, Bianca Cooper arrived home with a “killer” headache. That wasn’t all that unusual, but she soon started to lose feeling on her left side and was unable to walk. She knew something wasn’t right. She called her girlfriend. “I think I’m having … 0

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Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

  • UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning. photo by J. Anthony Roberts Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Briefs

Friday, May 30, 2014

Amherst SUMMER NUTRITION: Families whose school-age children lose access to school nutrition during the summer will have the gap filled with a new program being launched at the Amherst Survival Center. “Kids Summer Boost” is the name of the program in July and August for families with children … 0

Analysis: 30% of world is fat

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LONDON — Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis. Researchers found more than 2 billion … 0

Annual Treehouse Foundation conference on foster care Friday at Holyoke Community College

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Treehouse Foundation will hold its fifth annual Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America conference at Holyoke Community College from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with speakers from around the country. The conference in the Kittredge Center, which is open to the public, will bring together people involved … 0

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Forum Thursday on future care at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — A community health organization will host Thursday night a discussion about the future care at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Organized by the Community Health Care Initiative, the forum will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Middle School. Baystate Health officials will present … 0

The Dignity Project: Daughter reflects on parents’ decision to ‘check out’

Monday, May 26, 2014

After my parents decided to end their dying on the short side of 90, I spoke up because I was incredibly moved and awed by what they had done. While sad for me, I was happy for them … 0

Treatment considered for menopausal women who can’t focus

Thursday, May 22, 2014

After C. Neill Epperson, a psychiatrist who directs the Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness, listened to many patients complain about their brains as they approached and entered menopause, she had an idea. Women would tell her that … 0

Mindset powerful health tool, study shows

Thursday, May 22, 2014

You’ve likely heard of the placebo effect, an outcome that cannot be attributed to a specific treatment or therapy but rather is caused by a patient’s mindset alone. As it turns out, the force behind the placebo effect … 0

Anger management: Uncontrolled emotion can damage health, relationships

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Anger is a natural and normal reaction to life’s unavoidable irritations, but uncontrolled, it can escalate and end up damaging one’s health and relationships. “Generally (anger) is unhealthy coping,” said Jill Calderon, a doctoral student in counseling psychology … 0

Temper-taming tips

Thursday, May 22, 2014

∎ Think before you speak. In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to say something you’ll later regret. Take a few moments to collect your thoughts before saying anything - and allow others involved in the situation to do the same. Once you’re calm, express your anger. … 0