Health

Should boys get the HPV vaccine?

Q: My teenage daughter got the HPV shot. Should my son get it as well?A: The vaccine against HPV infection was initially created for females under the age of 26 to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Human papilloma virus, or HPV, has been shown to be the cause of virtually all cervical cancer cases in women. …

Come prepared to a psychiatric evaluation

There are several paths to facilitate wellness for those with mental illness. Seeing a psychiatrist for medication is often part of the process toward improved health and well being. You do better when you're prepared for the visit.Have you ever had …

Ask the Doctors: Coping skills combat stress of infertility

Q: My husband and I are trying to have a baby, but we're having problems conceiving. Could my stress be to blame? A: First, let's consider a couple of statistics, specifically as they relate to women. The federal Centers for Disease Control and …
Food

Chicken and vegetable stir-fry is simple, flavorful

After the holidays, our appetites can go in a couple of different directions. On the one hand, after a steady diet of stuffed birds and figgy puddings, we seek something lighter, something that feels clean and simple. On the other hand, it's cold …

Fresh linguine with shrimp and peas will wow guests

This is a dazzler of a pasta dish. When you combine fresh pasta with big shrimp you are quickly telling your guests that they are in for a treat.But it's not just the guests who will be happy. The whole dish comes together in about 20 minutes. …

What foods will be big in the Berkshires in 2017?

2017 will be the year of healthy eating in the Berkshires, or at least, that's what many local chefs and food purveyors believe."The biggest thing I really see in food trends right now is people thinking health conscious and wanting vegan or …
Outdoors
Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Annual bird counts inventory birds in Berkshire County

In my Dec. 25 column, I was hoping for birds from the far north to invade our area, though thus far I have heard nothing of the usual erratic species that surprise us in large numbers some years and are all but absent others. I anxiously waited …

Stargazer: Sirius - a stunning celestial sparkler

Stargazer: Well, that's a star of a different color!

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Wire may deter birds from roosting on awning

Make 'going green' one of your New Year resolutions

Entertainment
Mind your Manners: What should you do when someone passes away? Call, write and show up

One of the most difficult, yet profound steps one can take when someone passes away, is to pay their respects to the family of the deceased.Recently, I experienced the passing of my mother. My heart overflowed with gratitude by all the cards, calls, …

Give your appliances some TLC in 2017

You Asked: Why blast those train horns at night?

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