Health

Do you need extra vitamins?

The immensely profitable vitamin industry depends on consumers believing that more is better. Although supplements are beneficial for people with nutrient deficiencies, there's little utility in pills, injections and intravenous drips if you already …

Ask the Doctors: Understanding the risk factors for macular degeneration

Q: I was recently diagnosed with wet macular degeneration and am now receiving periodic injections for the disease. What causes it? Are there any risk factors, such as drugs or diet?A: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of …

Ask the Doctors: Meloxicam effective when used on limited basis

Q: I've suffered joint pain for years. Being prescribed 15 milligrams of meloxicam has been wonderful. What are your thoughts on meloxicam use? A: Meloxicam (Mobic) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that, like all such drugs, …
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Cohousing puts the emphasis on the neighborhood

When Joanna Vander Plaats moved with her two young daughters to Grand Rapids, Mich., nearly eight years ago, she wanted to find a friendly and welcoming neighborhood.The family's move from Kalamazoo, a home they'd always known, was nerve-wracking. …

Support pollination and plant a buzzworthy garden

With major backing brought about by brand name companies like Burt's Bees and Cheerios, and even policy proposals developed under past President Barack Obama's administration, collective pleas to protect pollinators have been propelled into the …

For Mother's Day, turn a simple vase into a work of art

Marbled paper coverings for fancy books and journals have been around for centuries. The paper features colors swirling around each other unevenly to make a unique pattern. But it's not just paper that can be turned into something beautiful through …
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The Scene: Fashion lovers flock to BerkChique

GREAT BARRINGTON — We women wish to be fashion fabulous. It’s our unique way to express ourselves and flaunt our truest colors from the inside out. We glow with confidence and self-assurance in clothing and accessories that emulate our spirit and give us wings to fly. So it’s only natural that when we see the word “sale” on clothing, you better believe we’ll flock like geese in search of the perfect bag, shoe, dress or jewelry to match our distinctive and flowering personalities.

The Scene: High Mud Comedy Fest brings laughs just at the right time

NORTH ADAMS — The definition of mud is what dirt (mixture of soils) turns to after a heavy rain, which seems to characterize the well-seasoned mix of local and national comedians in their candid and "not suited to those under the age of 16" performances in the High Mud Comedy Fest at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art throughout the weekend.

Scene: Stars come out for Williamstown Theatre Festival's Spring Gala

NEW YORK CITY — The Williamstown Theatre Festival honored one of its own during its annual Gala at TAO Downtown NYC on March 13.    In addition to being feted by Festival …

Music, dance and comedy help launch summer's official opening

Welcome to Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of the summer cultural and entertainment season in the Berkshires!There are plenty of happenings planned, both indoors and outside, so feel free to jump in. Here's just a sample of things to …

Pittsfield native to debut latest album at The Hall

PITTSFIELD — City native and award-winning musician Matt Cusson will debut his latest album in The Hall at Hotel on North tonight, and he suggests you come for the music, but stay for the stories.The self-produced, 14-track recording, titled …

IS183 gala, live music, comedy on in the Berkshires

Happy third Thursday of May, everyone!In addition to Pittsfield's Third Thursdays festival kick-off taking place tonight, here's a look at what else is in store:ONGOING- This week's jazz schedule at Castle Street Cafe in Great Barrington includes …

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