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  • Government Panel: More People Should Be on Statins February 24, 2017 - HYANNIS – Statins, drugs used to lower cholesterol, are one of the most widely prescribed medications in the United States. Now, new guidelines by an expert panel will expand the number of people who are on them even further. Are statins right for you? If you’re 40 to 75 and you smoke or have high […]
  • Is Your Blood Pressure Lower in One Arm? February 23, 2017 - HYANNIS – The next time you visit your primary care physician, you may want to ask the nurse to take your blood pressure in both arms. While small differences in blood pressure between the left and right arm are normal, large differences in your systolic number can signal trouble. A Massachusetts based study of 3,390 […]
  • Is Your Blood Pressure Lower in One Arm? February 22, 2017 - HYANNIS – The next time you visit your primary care physician, you may want to ask the nurse to take your blood pressure in both arms. While small differences in blood pressure between the left and right arm are normal, large differences in your systolic number can signal trouble. A Massachusetts based study of 3,390 […]
  • Be Prepared – So You Can Enjoy Your Trip February 21, 2017 - HYANNIS – While that trip to Disneyworld is finally coming to fruition and the kids are excited to go, there are some things to consider that will keep them comfortable and safe. “The main thing to remember when traveling with children is being prepared,” said Marie Kayton, MD, a pediatrician with Falmouth Hospital. “Make sure […]
  • Is Your Snoring Driving Your Sleeping Partner Away? February 20, 2017 - HYANNIS  – Sleep apnea, a chronic condition that results in brief periods when breathing stops during sleep, leaves the patient exhausted and can affect everything from their health to their domestic relations. CPAP, a breathing assistance device often prescribed for people with sleep apnea, can be a lifesaver, but a large number of patients give […]
  • A ‘Staycation’ For Seniors at Adult Day Program February 17, 2017 - HYANNIS – After Alice suffered a mild stroke and later broke both hips in falls, her daughter wanted to make sure her 93-year-old mother had care when she wasn’t home. The Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod (VNA) Adult Day Health Center in Sandwich offered a perfect solution – complete medical oversight and days full […]
  • How to Avoid the Norovirus This Winter February 16, 2017 - HYANNIS – Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about norovirus. Ugh. Cruise ship passengers hit with vomiting and diarrhea. Outbreaks traced to restaurants – remember last year’s closings of some members of the Chipotle chain? The bug also derailed serving of raw oysters at last fall’s OysterFest in Wellfleet. No doubt someone you know recently had the “stomach […]
  • How to Help Your Teen Avoid the Trap of Dating Abuse February 15, 2017 - HYANNIS – While February is traditionally a month many of us associate with love, it is also a month set aside by the federal government to remind us of the darker side of romance –  Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The statistics, from LoveIsRespect.org (a project of the federal National Domestic Violence Hotline), are disturbing […]
  • Who Should Consider Breast Reconstruction? February 14, 2017 - HYANNIS – The choice about whether to have breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is a very personal one, and age does not necessarily have to figure into the decision. A lot of older women think reconstruction is not for them, but doctors like plastic surgeon Michael Loffredo, MD, at Cape & Islands Plastic Surgery say […]
  • Cape Surgeon Shares Stories About Medical Miracles February 13, 2017 - HYANNIS – Even after decades of training and practice, physicians sometimes encounter things that are just plain hard to explain. A new book, “Miracles We Have Seen: America’s Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can’t Forget,” includes chapters with the headings “Spectacular Serendipity,” “Impossible Cures” and “Breathtaking Resuscitations.” “Many of my colleagues would agree that, despite […]
  • This Can Spread Faster Than Gossip in Your Office February 10, 2017 - HYANNIS – Someone at work has the flu. He puts his hand over his nose and mouth when he sneezes. A few minutes later, he goes to the break room, creating a trail of germ magnets as he touches the door knob and the handle on the coffee machine. You don’t have to be next […]
  • Myth or Fact? Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes February 9, 2017 - HYANNIS – Even though diabetes is a common disease, there is a lot of misinformation about it. No one knows this better than endocrinologist Mary Crowell, MD at the Endocrine Center of Cape Cod at Cape Cod Hospital. She spends about half of her time with patients with diabetes and over the past 13 years […]
  • Cape Cod is Attracting a New Kind of Tourist February 8, 2017 - HYANNIS – When you live in Massachusetts, it is easy to forget how lucky we are to live close to some of the best doctors and hospitals in the world. There is a long history of people from other countries coming to our region for medical attention. Recently, 53-year-old Shanzhen Zhang traveled from Beijing specifically […]
  • These Prescriptions Are For Vegetables – Not Pills February 6, 2017 - HYANNIS – Francie Randolph is an artist with two degrees from Harvard University. Gus Schumacher is a former Under Secretary of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton. Kumara Sidhartha, MD is medical director of Emerald Physicians, part of Cape Cod Healthcare. Through happenstance they discovered each other, and together they are forging an alliance to bring […]
  • Feeding Cape Codders One Garden At a Time February 3, 2017 - HYANNIS – An agricultural fair, a children’s garden, farmers in the school, a coalition of farmers markets, historic harvest gardens and a collaboration called FLAVORx to study how a prescription of fresh fruits and vegetables can battle chronic conditions ranging from high blood pressure to diabetes. Welcome to Sustainable CAPE. Francie Randolph never imagined that […]