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Health

US HIV cases dropped 33 percent over the last decade

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cases of diagnosed HIV in United States dropped 33 percent over the last decade, declining for nearly all demographic groups except young men who have sex with males ages 13 to 24 years, according to health officials. In a research letter published Tuesday in JAMA, epidemiologists and HIV experts said that newly available data from all U.S. states made it possible to examine national trends for the last decade. While … 0

State tops in new Kids Count report

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — Children in Massachusetts are better off than in any other state in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday. Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories, according to the 25th annual Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Yet despite the high overall ranking, the state cannot afford to … 0

Blindsided by aneurysms, patients hail support program

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ten days after signing the lease on Resurrection Fitness, in Carnegie, Pa., Jeff Donato was found lying in a pool of blood. At a local hospital, doctors ordered a rush CT scan and, as they were wheeling him into surgery, they told his wife that he had had a ruptured brain aneurysm. A … 0

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Tattoo health risks: Why you should think before you ink

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Thirteen needles are simultaneously zinging in and out of Adam Metzger’s shoulder. The 27-year-old is unruffled. He stares unblinkingly out the storefront window of Taboo Tattoo, a studio in the Bishop Arts District. To his right, Cody Biggs … 0

Franklin County Opioid Task Force tells state public health commissioner its work against abuse a statewide model

Saturday, May 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — Members of the Franklin County Opioid Task Force told the state’s public health commissioner this week that more support would allow the county’s work in fighting opioid abuse to expand and serve as a statewide model. Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett — who met … 0

Briefs

Friday, May 30, 2014

Amherst SUMMER NUTRITION: Families whose school-age children lose access to school nutrition during the summer will have the gap filled with a new program being launched at the Amherst Survival Center. “Kids Summer Boost” is the name of the program in July and August for families with children … 0

Analysis: 30% of world is fat

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LONDON — Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis. Researchers found more than 2 billion … 0

Annual Treehouse Foundation conference on foster care Friday at Holyoke Community College

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Treehouse Foundation will hold its fifth annual Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America conference at Holyoke Community College from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with speakers from around the country. The conference in the Kittredge Center, which is open to the public, will bring together people involved … 0

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Forum Thursday on future care at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — A community health organization will host Thursday night a discussion about the future care at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Organized by the Community Health Care Initiative, the forum will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Middle School. Baystate Health officials will present … 0

The Dignity Project: Daughter reflects on parents’ decision to ‘check out’

Monday, May 26, 2014

After my parents decided to end their dying on the short side of 90, I spoke up because I was incredibly moved and awed by what they had done. While sad for me, I was happy for them … 0

Treatment considered for menopausal women who can’t focus

Thursday, May 22, 2014

After C. Neill Epperson, a psychiatrist who directs the Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness, listened to many patients complain about their brains as they approached and entered menopause, she had an idea. Women would tell her that … 0

Mindset powerful health tool, study shows

Thursday, May 22, 2014

You’ve likely heard of the placebo effect, an outcome that cannot be attributed to a specific treatment or therapy but rather is caused by a patient’s mindset alone. As it turns out, the force behind the placebo effect … 0