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Achalasia is painful throat condition

Keith Roach, M.D.

DEAR DR. ROACH: My adult son recently has been diagnosed with achalasia, after many months of being misdiagnosed. He has suffered unbelievable pain and difficulty eating or drinking. At first he thought he was having a heart attack. Fortunately, that was ruled out. He is going to a prominent gastroe...
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Red Cross seeks Hometown Heroes

SPRINGFIELD – Each year the American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts hosts the Hometown Heroes Breakfast to honor local individuals and groups that have shown courage, kindness and unselfish character when a friend, family member or stranger faced a life threatening situation, or who have had an ...
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Don’t forget the rules of healthy eating during the holiday season

Food has become a centerpiece of American life, filling holiday celebrations, family milestones and gatherings of friends or co-workers – regardless of the holiday or the season. What we sometimes forget, however, is the enormous effect food and beverages has on our health and well-being. Th...
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Upcoming area blood drives announced

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to give one last gift this holiday season and discover the true meaning of giving by donating blood.Busy holiday schedules and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can often mean fewer donors giving blood. But for pat...
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Renaissance Manor on Cabot receives Tier One recognition

HOLYOKE – Renaissance Manor on Cabot, a member of the Revera Inc. family is pleased to announce that the center has achieved the Tier One Recognition level as part of the American Health Care Association’s Quality Initiative Recognition Program (QIRP) for achieving the following Quality Initiative g...
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Taking precautions prevents carbon monoxide poisoning

WESTBOROUGH – With winter weather upon us and furnaces expected to work longer to keep homes warm, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts encourages customers to stay safe by recognizing the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.“During this busy and cold holiday season, many of us overlook furnace insp...
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