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Baystate offers babysitting course

GREATER SPRINGFIELD –  Are you already a babysitter looking to further your skills, or considering becoming a babysitter to earn extra money?Baystate Medical Center will host a Babysitters Academy in November and January to prepare area youth for their babysitting responsibilities. The ...
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Local dentist, army of supporters march for cancer research

SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Amy G. St. Germain, a dentist in East Longmeadow for the past 18 years knows firsthand about the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. Two years ago this month St. Germain visited her doctor and within days she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This began her long journey...
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Baystate Medical Center launches Family Cancer Risk Program

SPRINGFIELD – Breast cancer survivor Diane Santos, before undergoing surgery, opted for genetic testing to see if she carried the BRCA gene, which greatly increases the risk of female breast cancer.Her mother and sister both died of breast cancer, but it was never known if they, too, carried...
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Brennan becomes one of state’s top hospice directors

SPRINGFIELD –  Dr. Maura Brennan, medical director, Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, is among the inaugural national group of qualified hospice physicians – including only two in Western Massachusetts – to take and pass the first examination to earn the credential of Hospice Med...
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Local cancer walk raises $50,000

WESTFIELD – More than 500 Pioneer Valley residents rallied together Sunday at Stanley Park for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walk, raising $50,000.While significant progress in the fight against the disease has been made, more needs to be done. ...
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Physician's Focus: HPV common, but preventable

Rebecca Perkins, M.D.

It’s a scary thought. Too many adolescents are needlessly at risk of cancer when there’s a safe, effective vaccine available to prevent the disease. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common, sexually transmitted infection that, with the exception of the seasonal flu and pneumonia, h...
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