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Boston doctors agree to $4.5M settlement

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — Two Massachusetts General Hospital doctors have agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle a malpractice lawsuit brought by the family of a Plymouth woman who died at the hospital. Physicians failed to take measures that might have prevented the death of Geraldine Moran, 62, in 2005, said Benjamin Novotny, a lawyer for her three children. Moran was taken to MGH after falling off a 6-foot ladder. Doctors … 0

Tufts Medical, Lowell General seek merger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LOWELL (ap) — Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Lowell General Hospital have reached a tentative deal on a merger officials say will make both institutions stronger while lowering medical costs. Both are among the last remaining independent hospitals in the state and had been looking for partnership opportunities. Under terms of a tentative agreement announced Monday, each nonprofit hospital would continue to … 0

Judge blocks painkiller ban

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction after the maker of the drug, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban ordered by Gov. Deval Patrick last month is unconstitutional. Zobel said in issuing the injunction that Massachusetts appears to have overstepped its … 0

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Dave Roitman led a group of Activists with  Represent.Us in a chant during a protest Tuesday evening  on Main street Northampton calling for "No Taxation Without Representation."

    CAROL LOLLIS Dave Roitman led a group of Activists with Represent.Us in a chant during a protest Tuesday evening on Main street Northampton calling for "No Taxation Without Representation." Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Holly Ghazey of Northampton helps her grandson, Robby Bates, 3, of Hatfield, wash two dolls at the Sunnyside Child Care Center table of the Brain Building Festival at Jackson Street School in Northampton Saturday. The yearly event is hosted by the Northampton public schools as part of the Week of the Young Child celebrations.

    KEVIN GUTTING Holly Ghazey of Northampton helps her grandson, Robby Bates, 3, of Hatfield, wash two dolls at the Sunnyside Child Care Center table of the Brain Building Festival at Jackson Street School in Northampton Saturday. The yearly event is hosted by the Northampton public schools as part of the Week of the Young Child celebrations. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Donovan Riley, right, of Amherst Regional, shoots against Jack Shea, of Northampton, Monday in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Donovan Riley, right, of Amherst Regional, shoots against Jack Shea, of Northampton, Monday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Health events

Monday, March 10, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS CODEPENDENCY: A Codependency Anonymous meeting for men. Participants work toward recovery and developing and maintaining healthy relationships. Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank community room, 325 King St., Northampton. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — Safe … 0

Concussion? Some schools using computer tests to identify injury

Monday, March 10, 2014

It was go-time. The Clayton Greyhounds and the Ladue Rams were in the regional soccer playoffs, and the neighboring high school rivals were competing hard for bragging rights. Clayton High School sophomore Sam Schneider was playing striker, a … 1

THE FACTS

Monday, March 10, 2014

∎ 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur each year. ∎ Immediate symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, mental fogginess and sensitivity to light. ∎ Less than 10 percent of sport-related concussions involve loss of consciousness. ∎Up to half of all concussions are not reported. ∎ 47 percent of … 0

Healthy note: Glues promise to cut the need for stitches

Monday, March 10, 2014

Glues promise to cut the need for stitches Over the years, chemists have figured out how to make glues that stick to practically every material known to humans. Nowadays, that includes every material known to make up humans. … 0

Pure enough? Not for those with orthorexia, an obsessive quest for a ‘clean’ diet

Monday, March 3, 2014

One awful day, D.C. Copeland recalls, her perspective on her “pure” diet had become so distorted that she found herself crying in the produce section of a grocery store because she could not decide whether the kale or … 0

Check it out

Monday, March 3, 2014

PATTEN JOINS SOUTH HADLEY PRACTICE Hampshire County Internal Medicine’s newest nurse practitioner, Laurette Patten, offers primary care health care and expert advice. She joins internal medicine clinicians Patrick Boyce, M.D., and Jenna Jolly, nurse practitioner, at 84 Willimansett St., South Hadley. Patten’s interests include women’s health; chronic illnesses … 0

Health Note: Yoga for cancer patients

Monday, March 3, 2014

Yoga helps cancer survivors lessen fatigue, inflammation Practicing yoga for at least three hours a week for three months reduced the fatigue and inflammation in breast cancer survivors, compared with survivors who did no yoga, researchers reported. And … 0

Mindful meditation at school makes kids go ‘ommm’

Monday, March 3, 2014

Erica Eihl speaks in a voice that her kindergartners can hear only if they are as quiet as the church mice in children’s storybooks. And with a couple of squirrelly exceptions, they stay that quiet for 15 or … 0

Proposed food labels revise portion sizes, highlight calories

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Ice cream lovers beware: The government knows you’re unlikely to stop after half a cup. New nutrition labels proposed Thursday for many popular foods, including ice cream, aim to more accurately reflect what people actually eat. … 0

Video: Forum examines approaches to end of life, dying

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — WHMP radio host Bob Flaherty opened a community forum Tuesday at JFK Middle School with a difficult question: “Is there such a thing as a good death?” For the next two hours, an expert panel and … 0