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VA hospitals compare well on death, readmission rates

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CHICAGO — Veterans’ hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions — heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions. Chances for dying or being readmitted within 30 days of treatment for those conditions varied only slightly for patients hospitalized within the VA system versus at outside hospitals, the 2010-2013 study found. The results …

Federal panel recommends screening adolescents for depression

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or to refer them to specialists who can. The new recommendations, issued Monday by the U.S. …

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Physician to speak on drug effects on teens Dr. Ruth Potee, a physician from Greenfield, will talk about the teen brain — what affects it and how to protect it — Feb. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Easthampton High School auditorium. Board certified in family and addiction medicine, she is being …

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School students perform during "Subject to Change", a dance thesis show for seniors, Tuesday in the PVPA Mainstage Theater. This piece, "I Want to Dance", was choreographed by senior Melinda Hurteau.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School students perform during "Subject to Change", a dance thesis show for seniors, Tuesday in the PVPA Mainstage Theater. This piece, "I Want to Dance", was choreographed by senior Melinda Hurteau. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CHRIS LINDAHL
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito shake hands after signing the Community Compact at Northampton City Hall Thursday.

    CHRIS LINDAHL Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito shake hands after signing the Community Compact at Northampton City Hall Thursday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Good Time Stove Company founder Richard Richardson, left, and his daughter Sara LaBonte, who runs the shop with her father, Thursday in Goshen.

    DAN LITTLE Good Time Stove Company founder Richard Richardson, left, and his daughter Sara LaBonte, who runs the shop with her father, Thursday in Goshen. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

For family of special-needs children, a team of helpers

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — It takes a strict routine and a lot of help to raise a family of special-needs children. Few know this better than Eric and Dennis Volz-Benoit, who have five. Typical days involve feeding tubes, breathing treatments, …

For parents of heroin addicts, ‘what-ifs’ can persist

Monday, December 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Fred Hayden still wonders if closing the door on his daughter one night in 2007 helped put her on the path to heroin addiction. Crystal Hayden’s descent started with a new job at a restaurant …

Community acupuncture: Treatments done in small groups keeps cost down

Monday, December 21, 2015

On Tuesday evenings at the Wellness House, a complementary care practice in Northampton, women with a variety of health problems are finding relief through acupuncture treatments done in a group setting to keep the cost down. “The clinic …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, December 21, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. CDH lauded for breastfeeding support The Mass Department of Public Health awarded Cooley Dickinson’s Childbirth Center its 2015 Breastfeeding Achievement Award in recognition of the center’s commitment to lactation support. For employee Jessica Hebert, who returned from maternity leave …

Yoga sampler: Bikram: Not too hot to handle

Monday, December 21, 2015

Editor’s note: In this monthly series, reporter Amanda Drane tries out different yoga styles. While in the throes of summer’s dog days, it’s difficult to imagine willingly exposing oneself to a 105-degree room with 40 percent humidity. But …

Health Events: Area support groups and health resources

Monday, December 21, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING CANCER — The Holyoke Medical Center Oncology Department holds an ongoing cancer support group on the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The group meets in the Fran Como Conference Room, located …

FDA proposes ban on indoor tanning for minors

Friday, December 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — Anyone under the age of 18 would be barred from using indoor tanning equipment, under a federal proposal to help reduce skin cancer linked to the devices. The Food and Drug Administration also wants to require …

Jonathan Kahane: My cancer, my reach for greater public awareness

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I am a 70-year-old man and I have prostate cancer. I say it loudly and clearly, for everyone to hear. I believe that it is important for me to do that at the outset. Let me briefly give …

Leafy platefuls: Healthy fare — and business ways — have kept the UMass Earthfoods Café humming for 40 years

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

At 7 a.m. on a recent Thursday, University of Massachusetts student Alex Lyon arrived at the long and narrow industrial kitchen in the Student Union on campus to make vegan crumb cake for 200. The senior, majoring in …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. CDH practices add mental health care A psychiatrist and a licensed social worker have joined the Atwood Health Center, the Cooley Dickinson multi-specialty provider practices at 22 Atwood Drive, Northampton. Psychiatrist Peter J. Halperin, MD is the developer and …