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Study: Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2000 advised parents to keep peanuts far, far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them. But a new study suggests that advice did more harm than good. A long-awaited clinical trial found that small children who avoided peanuts for the …

More use IUDs, implants for birth control

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IUDs and implants are safe, reliable, long-acting and reversible forms of birth control. Now there’s a new attribute to add to this list: increasingly popular. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that American women are embracing these contraceptive devices. In the last decade, their use has increased nearly fivefold, with 7.2 percent of women ages 15 …

Uninsured rate hit new low in 2014

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama’s health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the share of adults without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in …

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Jim Palermo talks about his attempts at trying to get information about the  test results from the Program For International Student Assessments.

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Leo Aloisi maintains sap lines on his property, Hanging Mountain Farm, in Westhampton.

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Dan Dacri of Northampton was not phased by the frigid temperatures or mounds of snow as he trimmed some wood to length for a job in downtown on Old South Street  in Northampton Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Dan Dacri of Northampton was not phased by the frigid temperatures or mounds of snow as he trimmed some wood to length for a job in downtown on Old South Street in Northampton Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Amherst pediatrician Emlen Jones’ sudden death leaves huge void, patients and colleagues say

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Growing up in Amherst, Lisa Gallant fondly remembers visits to the family’s pediatrician, Dr. Emlen Jones. “He always just listened to everything, he would pay attention and he would appreciate what you were saying,” Gallant said. …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, January 12, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com KEEPING HEALTH APPOINTMENTS Decreasing the no-show rate at health care centers, in part through group medical appointments, is an approach being tested at Springfield’s Caring Health Center by researchers there and from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University …

When less Pap is more: Understanding new guidelines

Monday, January 12, 2015

Many women came of age understanding that the yearly annual with Pap test was both a rite of passage and an essential practice of self-care, the gynecological equivalent of a tooth cleaning. So you may be surprised to hear your provider say you’re not due for a Pap …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton to provide heated tub for women in labor

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton aims to have a heated tub available soon in its Childbirth Center so that women can have access to warm water immersion — a form of hydrotherapy — during labor. Hydrotherapy can ease a patient’s nerves and help with pain management before an …

EarthTalk: Eating the right fats may lead to healthier longevity, researchers say

Friday, January 9, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the skinny on fat these days? I saw a major magazine cover image recently that was suggesting fat wasn’t so bad for us after all? — Marcy Bellwether, Taos, NM Going “fat-free” might seem like …

New antibiotic can kill resistant bugs

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Using soil from a grassy field in Maine and a miniaturized diffusion chamber, scientists have cultivated a microbe that could help tame the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. When tricked into growing in a lab, the microbe makes a compound that kills strains of tuberculosis, MRSA and other deadly …

Boy wins $500 for year without soda

Friday, January 2, 2015

LIVINGSTON, Mont. — As people across the United States struggle to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions, an 11-year-old Montana boy is offering lessons in self-discipline and delayed gratification after winning a $500 prize from his parents for …

Anti-alcohol drug put to test with fake bar

Thursday, January 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — The tequila sure looks real, so do the beer taps. Inside the hospital at the National Institutes of Health, researchers are testing a possible new treatment to help heavy drinkers cut back — using a replica …

Study narrows down genetic suspects in autism

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Researchers have narrowed down the list of genes implicated in autism spectrum disorder, and they appear to point toward a part of the brain that has largely been overlooked. Most research into the genetic roots of autism, a highly heritable disorder that affects about 1 in 68 children, …

Stories that endure: Good fight against tobacco far from over in Valley

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Northampton continued this year to provide leadership in the war on smoking by enacting tougher regulations designed to protect nonsmokers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, and to make it more difficult for young people to obtain tobacco products. In the first revision to the city’s tobacco …