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California measles outbreak expands to 78 cases; more likely

Friday, January 23, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The measles outbreak centered in California continues to expand, with officials now confirming 78 cases of the illness in seven states and Mexico. The California Department of Public Health said there are now 68 cases in the state — 48 that have been directly linked to being at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure last month. Some people also visited one or both of the parks while …

Heart surgeon killed at Boston hospital is laid to rest

Friday, January 23, 2015

WELLESLEY — The widow of a cardiac surgeon gunned down at a Boston hospital told hundreds at his funeral Friday he was well liked by patients and it was difficult to believe his death came at the hands of a patient’s son. The service for Dr. Michael Davidson was held at Temple Beth Elohim in suburban Wellesley, where he lived with his wife …

Overcoming the odds: Jim Egan of Easthampton has his life back after unlikely kidney transplant

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — James “Jim” Egan III of Loudville Road had been hoping for a kidney transplant since an extremely rare autoimmune disease killed his kidney function over four years ago. But his doctors told him that due to several blood transfusions he had been given years before, the chance of finding a matching …

Health Advice

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, …

Check it out: Health events to note in the Valley

Monday, November 17, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com AVOIDING STUFFING YOURSELF ON THANKSGIVING No one wants to be a Thanksgiving Scrooge, but the average holiday dinner can add up to a whopping 3,000 calories and another 1,500 calories from dips, drinks and other appetizers before and after the meal, according to …

Marijuana backers like Maine for legalization

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine. …

9 out of 10 problem drinkers aren’t alcoholics, study says

Friday, November 21, 2014

You might think that people who throw back five or more drinks in a single outing or who down 15 or more drinks in a week are likely to be alcoholics. But a new study finds that the overwhelming majority of them are not. Only one out of …

Key players in medical marijuana industry air implications in community forum

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Panelists at a forum on medical marijuana Wednesday discussed the various complexities of using pot medically, from the legality of growing it to finding the right dosage and knowing when it is and isn’t safe to …

Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTMINSTER — A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular …

The scourge of substance abuse: South Hadley community members huddle to plan attack on drugs, alcohol

Monday, November 17, 2014

Drug and alcohol abuse not only ruins individual lives but can also undermine the whole community. That was a key message delivered during an afternoon of small- and large-group discussions at a retreat last week organized by the …