Current Issues (March 2014)
The Heroin Epidemic – This Is a Regional and National Crisis in Many Parts
“In every corner of our state, heroin and opiate drug addiction threatens us. It threatens the safety that has always….
Let’s Do More to Prevent HPV
The medical world is awash in alphabet soup, made more familiar by news reporting and the many direct-to-consumer television commercials….
Crohn’s and Colitis Incurable, but Treatable
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are digestive disorders and types of inflammatory bowel disease. The two conditions reach all populations,….
Cracking the Code – Genetically Modified Foods Are Ubiquitous — but Are They Safe?
There’s a question Dr. Richard Wood likes to pose to students. “I will say, ‘how many of you know somebody….
Touchy Subject – Rise in STDs Among Seniors Prompts Calls for Education, Compassion
‘Do you have protection for safe sex?’ That’s certainly not an uncommon question to ask these days, given the dangers….
Something to Chew On Educational Program Aims to Tackle Malnutrition in Seniors
Are area seniors getting enough to eat? Studies say probably not — and it’s an issue that has captured the….
Painful Loss – Breakdown of Cartilage Between Joints Leads to Osteoarthritis
More than 27 million Americans suffer from stiff joints and/or pain caused by osteoarthritis, or OA. It is the most….
It’s That Time of Year Again Careful Review, Renegotiation of Your Child’s IEP Is Critical
At this time of year, parents with children who have individualized education programs, commonly known as IEPs, should start thinking….
Staying Power Cognitive Training for Older People Shows Long-lasting Effects
A cognitive training program for older Americans, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), shows benefits in cognitive reasoning….
Something to Watch For Parents Must Monitor What Their Children See and Hear
Does violence beget violence? That’s the age-old question. There have been numerous research studies over the years that have concluded….
Calkins Joins BMC Cardiology Services PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Thea Calkins, a board-certified,….
Know the Rules for Reporting Reimbursements, Deductions
A taxpayer who is reimbursed for expenses paid or incurred in connection with his services as an employee doesn’t include….
Mass General Cancer Center Planned at Cooley Dickinson
NORTHAMPTON — Starting this summer, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center will bring expanded, cutting-edge oncology….
PET-CT Service at Mercy Gains Reaccreditation
Photo Caption The team at Western Massachusetts PET-CT Imaging say the practice is currently the only full-time, in-house provider of….
BMLH to Host ‘Look Good … Feel Better’ Program
WARE — The Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and the American Cancer Society will present “Look….
Bay Path Graduate Students Volunteer in Haiti
LONGMEADOW — When American college student Britney Gengel lost her life in the 2010 earthquake that devastated the impoverished island….
Health Policy Commission Issues Grants to Community Hospitals
BOSTON — At its first board meeting of 2014, the Health Policy Commission (HPC) awarded approximately $10 million to 28….
Baystate Franklin Medical Center to Host Sports Clinic
GREENFIELD — Baystate Rehabilitation Care at Baystate Franklin Medical Center will sponsor a free sports clinic, called “Time to Spring….
Homewatch CareGivers Opens New Office in Franklin County
GREENFIELD — Homewatch CareGivers of West Springfield has opened a new office at 278 Main St. in Greenfield. The owners,….
Program Helps Young Dancers Recover from Injury
WARE — Dance is a great outlet for creativity and physical exercise that can also build character and self-confidence, said….
BFMC Offers Writing Workshop for Cancer Patients
GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department will offer a free writing workshop, “Spirit of the Written Word,” for….
Fairview Feted for Patient Experience
GREAT BARRINGTON — Fairview Hospital has been recognized with a 2013 Outstanding Patient Experience Award by Healthgrades, a leading online….
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