Health

CRP level may determine if you need statin

Q: A news report recently said that statins are under-used. I'm 50 with normal cholesterol. Should I take one just in case?A: Statins, which are a type of cholesterol-lowering medication, have consistently shown benefit in reducing the risk of heart …

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. …

A 'check engine' light for your health

WASHINGTON — A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease.Geneticist Michael Snyder never …
Food

Easy conversation, delicious food at Cricket Creek Farm potluck

Sometimes, everyone brings beets to a potluck. But when you're seated at a table covered with a brightly patterned orange tablecloth, handmade pottery, and a bottle of wine, it doesn't matter. It's still a warm, friendly, and unpretentious meal. …

Vietnam inspires a healthy chicken salad

Call it a resolution or just a last-minute attempt to button your pants, but come January, many of us strive to put the cookies behind us and make thoughtful food choices. But one sure-fire way to find yourself off track on a healthier eating plan …

'Oxford Companion to Cheese' leaves few holes in story of ancient food

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Cheese is far more than something slapped on a sandwich or sprinkled on top of a pizza, according to a new reference book edited by a Vermont professor.The more than 850 entries in "The Oxford Companion to Cheese," from …
Berkshire Lifestyles
Book review: Depravity on display in 'Homesick for Another World'

Ottessa Moshfegh's story collection, "Homesick for Another World," couldn't come at a better time.Notions of class and power are in an unpredictable flux. A new elite rises, flipping the deck into the air. Nobody knows where the cards will land.So …

Evan Smoak returns in Hurwitz's 'The Nowhere Man'

Book review: Jochl overcomes fear by taking flight

Scene
The Mount In Winter

LENOX — On a cold snowy evening in winter the home (modeled after a 17th century English country house in Lincolnshire) of the famous author, artist and humanitarian Edith Wharton opened its …

A Berkshires New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a momentous time when all people come together to celebrate the present year and reflect upon days gone by: days of happiness and joy, accomplishment and success, love’s abundance, but also sadness and pain, discouragement and failure, heartbreak. The new year gives each one of us the opportunity to begin again, and as the sun’s golden rays stretch out upon our majestic Berkshire mountains, we visualize brilliant horizons before us and dream of new days to come.

Hey, that’s a great ugly sweater!

PITTSFIELD — A kaleidoscope of color combined with creativity, individuality, whimsicality and purposeful gaudiness — all executed with panache — described the atmosphere at the …

Insights
After the inauguration, what happens next?

After all the pomp and circumstance is cleaned up after inauguration weekend, many are wondering: What next?After President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the United States' 45th president on Friday, his supporters, detractors, Congress, the …

Time to cut the cord on old electronics

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

Outdoors
Stargazer: Moon, Mars and Venus to put on celestial show

If you're like me, you've been marveling at the brilliant star now appearing in the western sky at dusk. You may also have noticed that it seems to be closing in on another fainter star just above it.Well, if they were truly stars, I'd be worried. …

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Where have all the evening grosbeaks gone?

Q: When I was growing up, there were hoards of evening grosbeaks at our feeders. In today's Eagle (Jan. 15), the bird count doesn't even list the species. If you haven't already done so, perhaps an article could be written about their demise in the …

A Winter Necessity: Add rosemary to your New Year's resolutions

A gardener's resolutions, as the new year begins, are modest ones. The world won't end if a lawn isn't mowed on schedule, though it will grow better if it is. There is no crime in growing too many tomato seedlings, even if the time could be spent …

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