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FILE-  This is a Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo of a volunteer pours beer during a tasting session at the Great British Beer Festival in London. The World Health Organization say we’re eating too much sugar and should slash our intake to just 5 to 10 percent of our overall calories. The guidelines were released Wednesday March 4, 2015, after a year of consultation. The recommendations are focused on added sugars in food and those in honey, syrups and fruit juices. The advice does not apply to naturally occurring sugar in fruits, vegetables and milk. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

UN: World needs to cut down on sugar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LONDON — New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone’s sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day — an amount that could be exceeded with a single can of soda. So, put down that doughnut. And while you’re at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup. The guidelines, released Wednesday, finalize draft advice first released last year and are focused on the added sugars in processed food, as well as those in honey, syrups and fruit juices. …

Vaccination skeptics perplex health officials

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. “I think we’re all kind of frustrated,” said Stephen Morse, a Columbia University infectious disease expert. “As scientists, we’re …

Snow abodes on courthouse lawn in Northampton help raise money for Cancer Connection during annual fundraiser by Monte Belmonte

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An igloo and a quinzhee on the snow-covered lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse seem like an odd place to spend the night, especially for someone who hates camping and the cold, but that’s exactly where Monte Belmonte of WRSI expects to stay Wednesday night. “It really came down to the …

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Lucas Harrington, top, and Ethan Bakuli work on the set of Amherst Regional High School's production of "Hairspray" Sunday at the school. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the ARHS auditorium.

    JERREY ROBERTS Lucas Harrington, top, and Ethan Bakuli work on the set of Amherst Regional High School's production of "Hairspray" Sunday at the school. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the ARHS auditorium. Purchase photo reprints »

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A2Z Science and Learning Store founders Jack and Priscilla Finn, at right, have sold the Northampton business to two former employees, Andre and Devon Boulay, pictured here with their son, Pierce, 18 months.

    KEVIN GUTTING A2Z Science and Learning Store founders Jack and Priscilla Finn, at right, have sold the Northampton business to two former employees, Andre and Devon Boulay, pictured here with their son, Pierce, 18 months. Purchase photo reprints »

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Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn.

    JERREY ROBERTS Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

As predicted, flu vaccine not working for most

Thursday, January 15, 2015

NEW YORK — This year’s flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It’s only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday. The poor …

State grant to increase services available for victims of drunken driving accidents in region

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — Leaders of a program that helps victims of drunken driving accidents and other crimes say a new affiliation with a Northampton-based behavioral health agency will strengthen services for the roughly 400 people they try to help each year. Since its start in 1997, the Community Crisis …

Northampton wins $550,000 state grant to fight opiate abuse in Hampshire County

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County has landed a $550,000 grant for a new coalition to combat the epidemic of painkiller addiction that in recent years has taken a tragic toll in western Massachusetts. Northampton announced Wednesday that it had …

Amherst pediatrician Emlen Jones’ sudden death leaves huge void, patients and colleagues say

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Growing up in Amherst, Lisa Gallant fondly remembers visits to the family’s pediatrician, Dr. Emlen Jones. “He always just listened to everything, he would pay attention and he would appreciate what you were saying,” Gallant said. …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, January 12, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com KEEPING HEALTH APPOINTMENTS Decreasing the no-show rate at health care centers, in part through group medical appointments, is an approach being tested at Springfield’s Caring Health Center by researchers there and from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University …

When less Pap is more: Understanding new guidelines

Monday, January 12, 2015

Many women came of age understanding that the yearly annual with Pap test was both a rite of passage and an essential practice of self-care, the gynecological equivalent of a tooth cleaning. So you may be surprised to hear your provider say you’re not due for a Pap …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton to provide heated tub for women in labor

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton aims to have a heated tub available soon in its Childbirth Center so that women can have access to warm water immersion — a form of hydrotherapy — during labor. Hydrotherapy can ease a patient’s nerves and help with pain management before an …

EarthTalk: Eating the right fats may lead to healthier longevity, researchers say

Friday, January 9, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the skinny on fat these days? I saw a major magazine cover image recently that was suggesting fat wasn’t so bad for us after all? — Marcy Bellwether, Taos, NM Going “fat-free” might seem like …

New antibiotic can kill resistant bugs

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Using soil from a grassy field in Maine and a miniaturized diffusion chamber, scientists have cultivated a microbe that could help tame the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. When tricked into growing in a lab, the microbe makes a compound that kills strains of tuberculosis, MRSA and other deadly …

Boy wins $500 for year without soda

Friday, January 2, 2015

LIVINGSTON, Mont. — As people across the United States struggle to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions, an 11-year-old Montana boy is offering lessons in self-discipline and delayed gratification after winning a $500 prize from his parents for …