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Talking About Anxiety Can Help Improve Health and Well-being

Mental duress. Emotional distress. Anxiety. Depression. Panic. No matter how our emotional state of mind is described, it contributes significantly….

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Keeping Kids Healthy Includes Making Better Choices at Restaurants

Beginning this spring, large restaurant chains nationwide will be required to post calorie counts on their menus. But how will….

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Continuum of Care – Senior Living Evolves to Encompass Every Stage of Aging

Beth Vettori has sat with plenty of families stressed out from balancing their own lives with caring for an aging….

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Functional Assets – Rehab Centers Help Seniors Limit Their Limitations

Only a few generations ago, many people who had strokes did not survive, while seniors who had respiratory problems, broke….

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Aging in Place – Home Care Has Become a Critical Key to Living Independently

Home care is a far cry from, say, plumbing, Suzanne McElroy says. Sure, both careers require specialized skills, but not….

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Sight Restoration – Help, Hope Available for Vision Problems Caused by Aging

Several months ago during a routine eye exam, Louise Pugliano was told that she had cataracts in both eyes. The….

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The Write Stuff – An Estate Plan Is Only Four Documents Away

It should come as no surprise that the general population of the U.S. is aging. According to the Administration for….

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Cloudy Picture – Testosterone-therapy Trials in Older Men Bring Mixed Results

In older men with low testosterone, one year of testosterone treatment improved bone density and corrected anemia of both known….

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Know If You Are at Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes

American Diabetes Assoc. Alert Day, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day ‘wake-up call’ asking the….

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CAREER PULSE – March 2017

Roose Named VP of Mercy Behavioral Health Care SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Robert Roose has been named vice president of Mercy….

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Financial Best Practices – A Primer on Mid-level Providers and Ancillary Revenues

There are many financial challenges in owning and managing a medical practice. Expenses continue to rise while revenues decrease, requiring….

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Organizations Should Institute Diversity and Cultural Competence

Healthcare organizations should consider hiring a diverse workforce that reflects the changing demographics of the community it serves in order….

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Healthcare in the U.S.: a Right or a Privilege?

The U.S. is about to embark on a great challenge: how to modify the current system of providing healthcare coverage….

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Shedding Light on an Epidemic – Caritas Ball Will Raise Money, Awareness Concerning Opioids

As he talked about the opioid epidemic engulfing the region and the nation, Dr. Robert Roose drew parallels to some….

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Recognizing Excellence, Innovation – HCN, BusinessWest to Launch Healthcare Heroes Program

Over the past decade or so, those two words have become a national brand — a brand that symbolizes many….

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Care Continuum – Why Population Health Has Become the New Treatment Model

“Ten years ago, we focused on the patient up until they left, and the mindset was, ‘they’re not my problem….

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A Culture of Safety – Hospitals Have Transformed the Way They Prevent Medical Errors

Almost two decades after its publication, the report still startles those who read it. It’s called “To Err is Human,”….

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Room to Heal – Modern Hospital Design Emphasizes Privacy, Peace of Mind

It’s called ‘ICU psychosis.’ That’s a broad term for a cluster of symptoms of delirium — ranging from agitation and….

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Cutting Concerns – Baystate’s Chair of Surgery Ponders a Rapidly Evolving Field

Dr. Nicolas Jabbour left Belgium in 1987 for what he thought woukd be a short stint in the Big Apple…..

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Help Wanted – EEOC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Anti-harassment Guidance

In response to an increase in claims of workplace harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency responsible….

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Working Out a Plan – Study Puts Exercise to the Test in People at Risk for Alzheimer’s

Can exercise slow or prevent cognitive decline in older people who are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease? A new….

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ASK THE DOCTOR

Q: I don’t have a primary-care physician and have been skittish ever since I’ve been a child about going to….

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ON THE CALENDAR – February 2017

Discussion on Estate, Planning, Long-term Care Feb. 16: North Adams Commons invites the public to a discussion of long-term care….

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CAREER PULSE – February 2017

Fazzi Associates Announces Leadership Transition NORTHAMPTON — Dr. Robert Fazzi, founder and managing partner of Fazzi Associates, announced that Tim….

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Financial Best Practices – Physicians Groups Must Review and Monitor Operating Expenses

There are many financial struggles in owning and managing a medical practice. Expenses continue to rise while revenues decrease, yet….

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Taking Steps to Restore the Doctor-patient Relationship

The contours of the physician-burnout crisis are becoming clearer. In early September, Dr. Christine Sinsky and colleagues reported on the….

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Meeting the Need for Homeless Services

With the temperatures dropping into single digits, you can’t help but talk about how cold it is. It was again….

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On the Home Front – Holyoke Facility Serves as a Unique Safety Net for Veterans

Bennett Walsh was searching for some words he thought he could sum up the purpose, or mission, of the Soldiers’….

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Course of Action – Colleges Respond to Growing Demand for Healthcare Professionals

Many students work hard to earn a college degree, then find there are no jobs that match their credentials. But….

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Close to Home – Elms, WNEU College of Pharmacy Forge Admissions Agreement

Students at Elms College tend to have local roots and want to remain in Western Mass. after graduation, Janet Williams….

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Pipeline Progress – Western Mass. Nursing Collaborative Marks 10 Years, Looks Ahead

Ten years after its inception, the Western Mass. Nursing Collaborative has achieved its initial goals of bringing together partners from….

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Make Sure You’re Covered – Know Your Rights When an Insurance Company Reserves Its Rights

Many employers with employment-practices liability insurance (EPLI) and directors and officers liability insurance (D&O) policies know too well that they….

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Avoiding Hypothermia – NIH Cautions Older Adults to Stay Safe This Winter

During the winter, it is important for everyone, especially older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, to be aware….

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Anatomy of a Killer – Some Hard Truths, and Advice, About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States and kills more….

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ON THE CALENDAR – JAN 2017

Landmark at Monastery Heights Open House Jan. 16: Is it time to have a conversation with your loved one about….

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CAREER PULSE -JAN 2017

Community Services Institute Announces Two Appointments SPRINGFIELD — Community Services Institute (CSI) has named Dr. Susan Rogers director of clinical operations….

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Financial Best Practices – Take Steps to Improve Your Procedures for Collections

Expenses continue to rise, and revenues are decreasing, yet everyone is working just as hard. Healthcare reform is a constantly….

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The Importance of Choosing Your Care

Healthcare is undergoing rapid change today, affecting hospitals, physicians, and patients in many ways. These changes — from what is….

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Physician Practices Should Establish Effective Scheduling Protocols

Establishing effective scheduling protocols to efficiently manage patient panels is a difficult task for physician practices because it requires balancing….

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What’s the Big Idea? – TechSpring Succeeds in Connecting Technology with Healthcare

Eric Harry says genomics is one of those “sexy” areas of healthcare, and scientists are certainly engaged in exciting work….

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