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  • Time to Shed Those Winter Pounds? March 23, 2017 - HYANNIS – During winter, we tend to spend more time indoors and reach for comfort foods at meals. As the days grow longer and we see the first signs of spring, it’s a good time to think about greening up our diet. March is National Nutrition Month®. Organized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, […]
  • “This Study Will Change The Way I Prescribe It.” March 22, 2017 - HYANNIS – Investigators at Cleveland Clinic recently concluded that after studying the safety of the pain reliever celecoxib (Celebrex) for more than 10 years, it poses no more risk to heart health than ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). It also causes fewer stomach and kidney issues than ibuprofen, one of the most popular […]
  • Too High-Risk For Lung Cancer Surgery? Maybe Not March 21, 2017 - HYANNIS  – A recent headline from the Annals of Thoracic Surgery announced that high-risk patients with lung cancer might be candidates for surgery after all. But, to thoracic surgeon Jeffrey Spillane MD, this isn’t groundbreaking news. “This study is not earth-shaking. It has been known for a while that limited resection has a role in […]
  • Switch Your Mouse Hand to Save Your Wrist March 20, 2017 - HYANNIS – Grab your mouse. No, not with that hand – with the other hand. Feels funny, doesn’t it? But if you switch mouse hands back and forth over the day, you might save yourself from an overuse injury. “It’s worth giving it a try, especially if you’re already prone to wrist problems,” said Sharon […]
  • An Unexpected Arrival Made Better by a Caring Team March 17, 2017 - HYANNIS – Brian and Courtney Kelly of Bourne thought  April 30, 2016 was going to be like any other day, and were following their usual routine and getting ready for work. Their first child was due in May and preparations for the baby’s arrival were almost complete. Courtney was looking for a new job as […]
  • An “Attractive Alternative” For AFib Patients March 15, 2017 - HYANNIS – A new heart device available on Cape Cod may allow some patients with a persistent and dangerous type of heart arrhythmia to give up blood thinners, without increasing their risk of stroke. The “Watchman” device works like a small umbrella and is about the size of a quarter. Doctors insert it in the […]
  • Do This Before Hitting the Links or Jumping on the Bike March 14, 2017 - HYANNIS – We may be dealing with a winter storm, but spring isn’t that far away. We’re all getting anxious to play with fellow weekend warriors when the weather warms. Maybe you’re a golfer and looking forward to joining your buddies on the links. Perhaps tennis is your game and you’ve been invited to join […]
  • Oh, Baby, It’s Time to Eat March 13, 2017 - HYANNIS – Until a baby can sit up and hold its head up – usually around 6 months of age – breast milk or formula should satisfy all of its nutritional needs, according to Sonia Chaudhry, MD. “Both provide protein, carbohydrates and fat – fat is essential for brain development” said Chaudhry, a pediatric hospitalist […]
  • New Guidelines, But That Pap Test is Still Important March 10, 2017 - HYANNIS – In June, when the United States Preventive Services Task Force presented a recommendation that said there is not enough evidence to determine the benefits or harm of an annual pelvic exam for women, a newspaper headline proclaimed the end of the “dreaded” exam. But gynecologists are saying, “not so fast.” “I think it’s […]
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables turned his life around March 8, 2017 - HYANNIS – The 10-week FLAVORx study measuring the impact of a whole food, plant-based diet on health, has now concluded and medical director Kumara Sidhartha, MD, MPH of Emerald Physicians is immersed in analyzing and documenting the statistical results. But for at least one participant, the results are already crystal clear. “It has been inspirational […]
  • Is Dealing With Cancer Different When Younger? March 7, 2017 - HYANNIS – In their younger days Helen Shone and Angie Mullaney never thought they would share more than mutual friends and a casual relationship on Facebook. But pregnancy and illness has brought them closer together and created what each expects will be a life-long bond. The women delivered their first babies in 2014, and were […]
  • Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Put a Q-Tip in Your Ear March 6, 2017 - HYANNIS – A friend’s mother told him when he was a kid that he should never put anything in his ear that was smaller than his elbow. That sounds kind of funny, but it’s actually good advice, said otolaryngologist Craig Jones, MD. And yet, people continue to put Q-tips into their ears, sometimes deep into […]
  • Do This Before Hitting the Links or Jumping on the Bike March 3, 2017 - HYANNIS – It’s nearly March and there is a hint of spring in the air. We’re all getting anxious to play with fellow weekend warriors when the weather warms. Maybe you’re a golfer and looking forward to joining your buddies on the links. Perhaps tennis is your game and you’ve been invited to join a […]
  • Mad About More Snow to Shovel? Be Careful! March 2, 2017 - HYANNIS – In the movie, Little Fockers, family patriarch Jack Byrnes get into a knock-down, drag-out fight with his son-in-law Greg Focker and then immediately falls to the ground clutching his chest. Actor Robert De Niro played the moment with all the melodrama of a classic Hollywood version of a heart attack. But could this […]
  • Are You Avoiding This Important Health Screening? March 1, 2017 - HYANNIS – After age 50, prostate cancer becomes a worry for most men, but screening and treatments have improved, according to Hyannis urologist Evangelos Geraniotis, MD. Treatment depends on the stage of the cancer and how aggressively it is growing, he said. “Even for advanced cancer, new medications are now available that offer treatment options […]