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Health

Many African-Americans fall into a health ‘coverage gap’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of people of color who do not have health insurance is projected to fall dramatically by 2016, greatly narrowing the historic disparities in coverage between whites and nonwhites. But one minority group is likely to benefit less than others: African-Americans. Fifty-five percent of all African-Americans reside in the 23 states that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility under the ACA. By …

Medicare to transform how it pays doctors, hospitals

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration outlined ambitious new goals Monday to transform over the next four years the way that the gargantuan Medicare program pays doctors and hospitals, rewarding providers that achieve better outcomes for patients rather than those that just do more. The move away from so-called fee-for-service medicine is a central, if little recognized, goal of the Affordable Care Act, which …

Despite its weak record in stopping the flu this season, doctors still say, Get the shot

Monday, January 26, 2015

While federal health officials say this year’s flu vaccine is less effective than in previous years, local doctors and nurses encourage people to get vaccinated anyway. “The flu shot and good hygiene are still your best frontline at preventing the flu,” said Cooperative Public Health Service Nurse Lisa White at the Franklin Regional …

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Haymarket Cafe, one of few downtown Northampton businesses open Tuesday due to the snowstorm, was a popular haven.

    JERREY ROBERTS Haymarket Cafe, one of few downtown Northampton businesses open Tuesday due to the snowstorm, was a popular haven. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MATT BURKHARTT
Lisa Leong of Williamsburg shovels the sidewalk in front of her home on North Main Street Tuesday January 27. Daytime accumulation of snow is estimated at 3 to 7 inches.

    MATT BURKHARTT Lisa Leong of Williamsburg shovels the sidewalk in front of her home on North Main Street Tuesday January 27. Daytime accumulation of snow is estimated at 3 to 7 inches. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Christopher Montanez, left, 6, Joe Beaulieu and Miriam Rosas, all of Chicopee, talk Tuesday morning about their overnight stay at the Red Cross emergency shelter at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

    KEVIN GUTTING Christopher Montanez, left, 6, Joe Beaulieu and Miriam Rosas, all of Chicopee, talk Tuesday morning about their overnight stay at the Red Cross emergency shelter at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Womens’ Health: Tips for staying well during the holidays

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday season is upon us, a time for warmth and togetherness, good tidings and joy. Or, if you’re like many American women, a time for sniffly noses and sore throats, stress headaches and crushing fatigue. From holiday baking to shopping for gifts, many women take on extra time …

No pity, no opinions, just an empathetic ear from the ‘befriending’ volunteers at Cancer Connection in Northampton

Monday, December 8, 2014

When Sarah Malzone of Northampton was being treated for breast cancer in 2009, she was caring for her toddler daughter, balding and feeling isolated. While she felt lucky to have people in her life who loved and supported …

Athletes should pay extra attention to dental care, expert says

Monday, December 8, 2014

Everyone needs to take care of their teeth, but athletes can have a special burden. The sugary drinks, dry mouths, sweating and falling can each take a toll, some more than others, says Dr. Sharon Colvin, an athlete …

Area Support groups, health programs

Monday, December 8, 2014

SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS AGING GRACEFULLY — A support group focusing on issues of living fully, aging gracefully and befriending death meets alternate Mondays 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the South Deerfield Senior Center. Participants may attend occasionally or regularly. For more information, contact John Berkowitz at 413-325-4533 or …

Health spending growth slows to 3.6%

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — Health spending in the U.S. grew in 2013 at the slowest rate ever recorded, a new government study indicates, marking the extension of a historic slowdown in medical spending that began after the last recession. Total spending on health care increased just 3.6 percent last year …

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 …