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Task force in Franklin County continues to address problems of opioid addiction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The area Opioid Task Force met Tuesday for a look at the big picture of addiction in Franklin County and to hear reports from subcommittees on housing, law enforcement and health care. The meeting at Greenfield Community College drew some 100 people, with representatives from the Department of Public Health, local health and legal professionals, recovery advocates and the Greenfield school superintendent. “I can see from the introductions …

Retired Army Col. John Collins new director of VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Retired Army Col. John P. Collins, former chief of military health care in Europe, is the new director of the VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Collins’ appointment this week. He will begin his new position at the medical center in Leeds on Monday. …

Former NBA player Chris Herren to speak in Greenfield about his struggle with addiction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Chris Herren made it from the coastal city of Fall River to his home team, the Boston Celtics. His path was paved with stints in rehab as he struggled with escalating abuse of substances ranging from alcohol to cocaine, crystal meth and heroin. From the early promise chronicled in “Fall River Dreams” by Bill Reynolds, a look at Herren’s high school …

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Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street.

    KEVIN GUTTING Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street. Purchase photo reprints »

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Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators. Purchase photo reprints »

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Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania.

    KEVIN GUTTING Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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 …

Mass. hospitals report more medical errors

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The number of medical errors reported by Massachusetts acute-care hospitals has jumped 70 percent since the state expanded the type of incidents hospitals are required to report. Hospitals reported 753 serious medical errors and other patient injuries last year to the state Public Health Department. …

Doctors face dilemma on Ebola drug

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — Doctors treating a Sierra Leone physician with Ebola defended their decision not to give him an experimental drug, saying Wednesday they feared it was too risky. Calling it “an impossible dilemma,” Doctors Without Borders explained …

UN says untested Ebola drugs OK to use in outbreak

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MADRID — The World Health Organization declared it’s ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, although the tiny supply of one experimental treatment has been depleted and it could be …

Charlotte Meryman: Letting Henry go, After brother’s difficult life, his loving sister finds way to help bring him peace

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — By the time he died last year, at 58, my brother Henry had been bedridden for more than two months. He could move his arms and hands, but only slightly, and he could turn his head …

Norma Akamatsu: Husband’s illness sparks a ‘living eulogy’

Monday, August 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON ­— In 1997 my husband, Ron, was diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer, multiple myeloma. He did well enough for over a year with a mix of chemotherapy and high-dose steroids. But in August 1998, his health … 4

Student filmmakers find themselves in the vaccine/autism fray

Monday, August 11, 2014

Every school day, students at Carlsbad High tune in their classroom televisions to a news show produced by its award-winning broadcast journalism program. Airing from a well-appointed studio on campus, the report covers topics ranging from final exams …

Seeking to cut ‘bad handoffs’ in child patient care

Monday, August 11, 2014

With all handoffs, fumbles can happen. When those mishaps occur in a hospital and involve young patients, the consequences can be especially dire. According to new national research lead by a critical care doctor at Akron Children’s Hospital, establishing standardized ways to transfer patient care during shift changes …

Healthy note: Eye color may affect pain tolerance

Monday, August 11, 2014

Eye color may affect pain tolerance New research has shown that women with dark brown and hazel eyes respond differently to pain than those with light blue and green eyes. During the 2014 annual meeting of the American …

Check it out: New surgeon, choking emergencies, smoking cessation, yoga

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cooley Dickinson HOSPITAL WELCOMES SURGEON General surgeon Eric Stanelle has joined Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Surgical Care and the Cooley Dickinson medical staff. Stanelle earned a doctorate of medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He completed general surgical residency programs at University of California San …