Improving EpiPen Access for Children ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIANA DIZOGLIO

Improving EpiPen Access for Children ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIANA DIZOGLIO

By: Senator DiZoglio Hello Valley Patriot Readers, The prevalence of life-threatening allergies among children is on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that food allergies in children increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. It is estimated that currently 1 in 13 children has a food allergy, and more […]

Sheilds Health Care & Lowell General Open Surgery Center for Merrimack Valley

Sheilds Health Care & Lowell General Open Surgery Center for Merrimack Valley

CHELMSFORD – Lowell General Hospital and Shields Health Care, in partnership with leading physicians from the region, announced today the opening of their new ambulatory surgery center in Chelmsford named The Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley. The center is a newly renovated, 14,700 square foot facility featuring four operating rooms, pre-operative space, and a […]

Injuries from Cold Temperatures ~ THE DOCTOR IS IN!

Injuries from Cold Temperatures ~ THE DOCTOR IS IN!

Dr. Piere Ghassibi Our winters are very cold, so let us review the dangers of exposure. We know that less than a thirty- minute exposure to very low temperatures can result in injury by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. This can also happen in skin covered by clothing, especially if wet. Because the […]

Funding for Immediate Pandemic Needs in Our Schools

Funding for Immediate Pandemic Needs in Our Schools

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell In response to the persistent pandemic challenges, the Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed legislation directing $55 million toward our most immediate needs. Thankfully, we have passed the peak in terms of our case rate – but case counts remain high in the Merrimack Valley and effective use of […]

Burns and Wounds ~THE DOCTOR IS IN!

Burns and Wounds ~THE DOCTOR IS IN!

By: Dr. Pierre Ghassibi – Jan. 2022 Greetings all. It is always important to see a health care provider when it comes to the breach of our skin protective function. Let me here review the basic mechanism or principle of healing of small wounds and superficial burns. (Deep and contaminated cases need professional attention) . […]

Student Mental Health Must Be a Legislative Priority

Student Mental Health Must Be a Legislative Priority

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Nov. 2021 It is time to get serious about mental health services for our students. Even for years before the pandemic, we saw a concerning rise in stress, anxiety, and depression among young people. COVID-19 only made things worse. Last year, many Massachusetts emergency rooms saw 4 times […]

Merrimack Valley Hospice Teaches Grievers to Navigate Mealtime Solo

Merrimack Valley Hospice Teaches Grievers to Navigate Mealtime Solo

Lawrence – For those who are grieving, navigating new rhythms of grocery shopping, preparing meals and dining without a beloved partner can cause added daily distress. Recognizing the deep connection between food and mourning, Merrimack Valley Hospice offers “Cooking and Eating for One” classes among its free, virtual support groups offered via the Zoom videoconferencing […]

GLCAC Announces Food & Rental Assistance, Parenting Support Groups & New Live Show

GLCAC Announces Food & Rental Assistance, Parenting Support Groups & New Live Show

The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. is now accepting applications for food and rental assistance programs and is enrolling parents in two support groups. In addition, GLCAC will launch a new monthly show on Facebook Live to feature the services it offers and to answer viewer questions. Sign Up for SNAP at GLCAC The […]

Gladys Araceli Ceron of North Andover Sentenced for Performing Illegal Silicone Injections

Gladys Araceli Ceron of North Andover Sentenced for Performing Illegal Silicone Injections

Defendant injected individuals with silicone oil, which can cause stroke, death or disfigurement 10-9-21 BOSTON – A North Andover woman was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for performing illegal silicone injections in exchange for money. Gladys Araceli Ceron, 73, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to two years in […]

Stop Sweeping the Homeless Out of Sight ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (10/21)

Stop Sweeping the Homeless Out of Sight ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (10/21)

October, 2021 At a time when the Merrimack Valley desperately needs our elected officials at the highest level of government to experience the homeless crisis first hand, Lowell, like so many other communities, sweeps their homeless problem out of sight, or under the rug, as some may say. At issue; Lowell City Councilor Rita Mercier […]