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Pittsfield 4-Year-Old Attacked By Fox
Britney O'Keefe stepped outside of her back door on Robbins Avenue Monday and just had a bad feeling. Her four-old followed her out and she turned to bring him back inside. Then all of a sudden a...
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Pittsfield 4-Year-Old Attacked By Fox
Britney O'Keefe stepped outside of her back door on Robbins Avenue Monday and just had a bad feeling. Her four-old followed her out and she turned to bring him back inside. Then all of a sudden a fox was in mid-air lunging at the toddler. She grabbed her son and quickly threw him into the house but the fox kept charging. She slammed the door on the animal and she expected it to run away. It stood up after falling and kept coming, mouth open, jaw exposing teeth.
New Regional Coordinator for Healthier Living Workshops and Tobacco Treatment Tapped
Vermont Blueprint for Health offers many helpful workshops for patients that are struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, emphysema or COPD.
Adams to Pursue Medical Marijuana Bylaw
Weed is weighing heavy on the minds of some town officials. Although the Selectmen unanimously voted Wednesday to request the Planning Board to draft a medical marijuana zoning bylaw, some members were hesitant to start the process. Selectman Joseph Nowak was not among them. He has been urging his colleagues to pursue a bylaw that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary.
Panel Discussion, Film Screening Sheds Light On Heroin Epidemic
Throughout Berkshire County 105 people went to the hospital after overdosing. That's on pace for more than 300 in a year. Last year there were 158, a sharp increase from the average of 40 to 60 in 2011 through 2013. There was 36 deaths in 2015 from overdose and so from in Pittsfield alone there have been nine. A total of 36 out of 800 babies born this year have been exposed to opioids while in utero.
Brien Center's Adult Day Health Program Provides Dignity, Respite
Three days a week, Jusino arrives at the center at 8:30 a.m. and enjoys coffee, tea and breakfast and companionship with other clients. That begins an active day that includes table activities, exercise, lunch, reading (the center has an audio book player) and special events like last week's "Christmas in July" party.
Congressman Neal Hosts Heroin Documentary, Panel Discussion
The showing in the Koussevitzky Arts Center is free and open to the public. The event begins at 5 p.m. with brief remarks; a panel discussion about current efforts to reduce the drug problem in Berkshire County will follow the 77-minute film. It is expected to conclude by 7:45 p.m.
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CHP to Assume Management of BMC’s Dental Clinic
This collaboration between CHP and BHS will help provide improved access to essential healthcare services in the Berkshire community. CHP will assume the operation of the Dental Clinic, located at 510 North St., by Oct. 14, 2016.
Pittsfield Accepts Grant For Food, Art Project in Morningside
A $75,000 grant is aimed to pave the way for more art, healthy eating, and helping start food businesses. The City Council accepted the grant from The Kresge Foundation Tuesday night which will craft plans to help entrepreneurs start food-based businesses, create murals and other public art projects, and promote community gardening and healthy eating. The grant hires a part-time manager to craft the project in the hope is for future grants to implement it.
CPR, AED Training Offered at Reduced Cost
Each one-hour long class covers Heartsaver Adult & Child CPR and AED use and will include a brief Q&A session. Each participant receives the following an official American Heart Association Adult & Child CPR/AED card and confidence in knowing a life-saving skill.
Fairview Named 'One of 50 Top CAH Hospitals To Know'
Becker's Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs, with up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems
Adams Selectmen Endorse Resolution Calling for Detox Center
The Selectmen unanimously endorsed a resolution written by the North County Cares Coalition asking state officials and Berkshire Health Systems to open a facility for detoxification and substance abuse recovery in North Adams. Selectman Joseph Nowak invited North County Cares Coalition members Richard Dassatti and James Lipa to Wednesday’s meeting after he saw the same resolution pass in at the North Adams City Council last Tuesday.
BMC Opens Center For Long-term Addiction Treatment
The new center at Berkshire Medical Center is a "step down" level of care for those who just went through detoxification. Instead of being waitlisted at out-patient services or released back home, those struggling with addiction can now stay up to 30 days in the new unit to continue fighting the disease.
Adams Residents Concerned Over Specialty Minerals Noise
Residents surrounding Specialty Minerals are concerned with the facility’s noise levels. Hasting Street resident Allan Lemoine brought the issue to the Board of Health on Wednesday.
BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
Graduates of the 10-month program are eligible to sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).
Great Barrington K-9 Unit Receives Health Care Grant
The grant is part of Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc.'s health care reimbursement pilot program, where a total of $10,000 will be awarded to a number of self-funded K-9 units for medical reimbursements.
Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media Recipients Named
The Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, curated by essayist and author Joshua Wolf Shenk, recognizes and encourages writers, journalists and media experts who have produced sophisticated and accessible work on mental health issues.
SVMC Health Blog: How to Use Sunscreen
Sunscreen is a valuable tool, but millions of people are over-relying on their incorrect use of sunscreen to protect themselves and their family members.
Retired Physician Joins CHP Board
As medical director for the Bureau of Primary Health Care, she led the National Health Service Corps in working to bring medical, dental and nursing staff to underserved communities.
BFAIR Names New Director of Program Operations for Day Services
In her new role, she will be responsible for the supervision of the Day Habilitation Program, Homecare Services, Vocational Services and other ancillary services.
North Adams Council Backs Resolution Calling for Detox Center
The City Council on Tuesday approved 7-1 a citizens' petition calling on Berkshire Health Systems to open inpatient beds for detoxification and substance abuse recovery. The vote came after more than an hour of discussion and debate and numerous comments from the public, including assertions that the council was dithering over what the community wanted.


 
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