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Early tests in on 2 new drugs aimed at preventing migraines

Thursday, April 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Two drugs given to people who suffer migraines reduced the frequency of their headaches in early trials, scientists said. The test results “may potentially represent a new era in preventive therapy for migraine,” Dr. Peter Goadsby, an author on studies of both drugs, said in a statement. One of the researchers called migraine headaches the third most common medical disorder in the world. Both drugs must undergo … 0

Novartis, GSK, Lilly in multibillion-dollar deals that will reduce sales, boost profits

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GENEVA — Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals Tuesday with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally. The Basel, Switzerland-based company said it has agreed to buy GlaxoSmithKline plc’s cancer-drug business for $14.5 billion, … 0

Anxiety from false-positive mammograms is real but temporary, study finds

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A healthy woman has a routine mammogram to check for signs of breast cancer, and the results aren’t normal. Her doctors run further tests, such as additional imaging or a biopsy. Ultimately, she gets a clean bill of health. But what is the emotional cost of the false-positive result? This is the question that researchers try to answer in a study published online … 0

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Harry Santiago, owner of Santiago trees out of Springfield, and his employee Juan Torres, pull up trees in a field off Rocky Hill Rd. in Hadley for Wanczyk Evergreen Nursey.

    CAROL LOLLIS Harry Santiago, owner of Santiago trees out of Springfield, and his employee Juan Torres, pull up trees in a field off Rocky Hill Rd. in Hadley for Wanczyk Evergreen Nursey. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left Nicolas Argueta and Carlos Morales, employees of Nourse Farm, put up a High Tunnel structure which will extend the growing season of berries.

    CAROL LOLLIS left Nicolas Argueta and Carlos Morales, employees of Nourse Farm, put up a High Tunnel structure which will extend the growing season of berries. Purchase photo reprints »

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Chris Davies

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Health Advice

Mailing poop: An alternative to the colonoscopy proving reliable

Monday, March 24, 2014

A new test that requires people to send stool samples in the mail for laboratory analysis is proving nearly as reliable as a colonoscopy in identifying potentially fatal colon cancers. The DNA screening test, invented at the Mayo … 0

CHECK IT OUT:

Monday, March 24, 2014

NUTRITIONIST LAUNCHES ONLINE PROGRAM Craig Fear, a certified nutritional therapist, will offer an eight-week online nutrition program, “Fearless Digestion: Heal Your Gut. Transform Your Life!” beginning April 23 at 8 p.m. Fear will discuss the underlying causes of digestive disorders such as heartburn, gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), … 0

Check it out: Local health events

Monday, March 17, 2014

MENTAL HEALTH AND DISCRIMINATION A question-and-answer session on employment discrimination and mental illness will be held March 24, 7 to 9 p.m., at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Northampton attorney James B. Winston will lead this free program. For more information contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western … 0

The Fatherhood Journey: Listening with heart, good for father’s ears and mouth

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sometimes my ears get tired. It happens before my first sip of morning tea, when my 7 and 4 year-olds, Zoe and Adam, are exuberant about the new day, feuding over first-rights to the breakfast cereal, or both. … 0

Health events

Monday, March 17, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING ADOPTION — The Easthampton Area Parent Support Group, a parent-run group for foster and adoptive parents, kin and guardians, meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the library at the Treehouse Community … 0

Parents eager, but doctors say wait for clinical trials

Monday, March 17, 2014

Nicole Gross was so desperate to find relief for her son’s near-constant, debilitating seizures that she moved him from Naperville, Ill., to Colorado so he could receive medical marijuana. Weeks after Chase Gross, 8, started taking a marijuana … 0

Small study says raw milk no help for lactose intolerance

Monday, March 17, 2014

A pilot study failed to show that drinking raw milk reduces the symptoms of lactose intolerance or malabsorption. The condition is common worldwide, and can lead to bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Coping strategies include not drinking milk, … 0

In Senate, FDA chief takes fire over new painkiller

Thursday, March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debate over a powerful new painkiller ratcheted up Thursday as the head of the Food and Drug Administration defended the drug’s approval and a West Virginia Senator responded with a bill to force it off the market. FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told Senate lawmakers … 0

How to add a workout at the workplace

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ways to add more movement to your workday include taking the stairs, pacing while on the phone and marking walking trails. 1. Walk or bike to work once a week. 2. Don’t park your car in the spot … 0

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