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  • Listen Up! Here Are Some Tips on Swimmer’s Ear August 18, 2017 - HYANNIS – There’s nothing like a quick dip to beat the heat, but your summer memories will be a lot sunnier if you can avoid swimmer’s ear. “We see it all the time on the Cape in the summer,” said otolaryngologist Craig Jones, MD. The good news is that it’s easily diagnosed and treated. Technically known as […]
  • Concert Fundraiser Will Feature ‘Stage of Legends’ August 17, 2017 - HYANNIS – Turn on a classic rock station and in a few hours you might hear Grand Funk Railroad, Foghat, the Johnny Winter Band and the Rick Derringer Band, as well as local heroes Aerosmith, the Cars, the J. Geils Band and Boston. Some of the musicians from those iconic bands will share the stage […]
  • ‘Couch to 5K’ Program Is An Easy Path to Fitness August 16, 2017 - HYANNIS – Thinking about stepping into a new fitness regimen? You might want to check out Cape Cod Healthcare’s Couch to 5K Training Program. The fitness program is designed to take you from a sedentary lifestyle to a fitness level sufficient to participate in a community 5K (5 kilometers or 3.1 miles) running or walking event. […]
  • Need Someone to Talk to Before Heart Surgery? August 14, 2017 - HYANNIS – When Tim Crane, 78, of Brewster faced open heart surgery a little more than 13 years ago, he couldn’t have foreseen that it would set him on a journey of helping others going through the same experience. Crane is the visiting program coordinator of the Mended Hearts, a national organization of volunteers who provide […]
  • How to Pack a Safe Summer Picnic August 11, 2017 - Fried chicken? Yes! Baked beans? Got ‘em. Macaroni salad? Check. Bacteria? Wait a minute! A tasty picnic lunch on a sunny summer day is meant for fun, not food poisoning. Before you pack your cooler, lemonade and beach blanket, check out these easy food safety tips from, Courtney Shea, MMHC, RD, LDN, Cape Cod Hospital’s […]
  • Prediabetes Doesn’t Have to Become Type 2 Diabetes August 10, 2017 - HYANNIS – The combination of genetics, being overweight, unhealthy eating and a sedentary lifestyle is creating what many doctors are describing as an epidemic of diabetes in this country. If the word ‘epidemic’ seems like an exaggeration, consider these recent statistics from the American Diabetes Association: In 2015, 30.3 million Americans had diabetes (up from 25.8 […]
  • For the Run of it: Falmouth Road Race a Summer Showcase August 3, 2017 - HYANNIS – The 45th running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race is Sunday, Aug. 20 and nearly 13,000 will gather in Woods Hole for the seven-mile jaunt to Falmouth Heights. The race is one of the highlights of summer on Cape Cod, with many of the world’s best distance runners mixing with many more recreational joggers […]
  • How to Cope With the Sorrow of Miscarriage August 2, 2017 - HYANNIS – When a person loses a friend or family member, there is usually no hesitation to tell others about the death. But somehow talking about a miscarriage can be difficult. As a result, many women don’t know very much about miscarriages until it happens to them, which leaves them unprepared for the physical and […]
  • Sustaining Breastfeeding Together: A Guide for Families August 1, 2017 - HYANNIS – For a mother and child, bonding often begins with breastfeeding. Yet every woman’s breastfeeding experience is different – and oftentimes can be challenging, especially at first. Looking to both educate mothers and celebrate breastfeeding, Cape Cod Healthcare is holding two events in honor of “World Breastfeeding Week” this week. World Breastfeeding Week is an […]
  • Ticks: Know the Danger and Have a Good Defense July 31, 2017 - HYANNIS – Even when as small as poppy seeds, ticks pack a punch. Worldwide, they are the No. 2 living organism that spreads disease to humans, said Patrick Cahill, MD, infectious disease specialist with Cape Cod Healthcare. (Mosquitoes still take first place.) By now, most Cape Codders are familiar with the risks of the corkscrew-shaped bacteria […]
  • What Are The Top Questions Pharmacists Get? July 28, 2017 - HYANNIS – My 90-year-old mother called me the other day to rave about the “new” telephone system at her local pharmacy. She discovered she could call her pharmacy, give the computer-generated operator the number of her prescription and it would be refilled by 10 am. She was amazed the system could tell her the exact […]
  • When the Burden of Alzheimer Caregiving is Too Much July 27, 2017 - HYANNIS – Symptoms of dementia can be confusing and complex; not only for those diagnosed, but for their family and friends as well. Which is why the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod (AFSC) and Cape Cod Healthcare recently teamed up to offer free monthly support groups to those diagnosed with dementia-related illnesses (Alzheimer’s disease, lewy body dementia, […]
  • When Bone Fractures Lead to Curving of the Spine July 26, 2017 - HYANNIS – There’s osteoporosis. And then there’s kyphosis. While osteoporosis can be prevented or treated early, by the time someone is diagnosed with kyphosis, much of the damage truly has been done. Kyphosis is the condition you see when an elderly person is hunched over, almost staring at the ground as he or she walks. […]
  • Cape Doctor Introduces ‘Game-Changing’ Surgery July 25, 2017 - HYANNIS – For people with Eustachian tube dysfunction, diving, flying and even day-to-day life can be painful. But a new surgery, approved by the FDA last September, can offer relief – and the surgery is now available on Cape Cod. “For the patients who have gone through the surgery, it’s been very helpful,” said otolaryngologist Craig Jones, […]
  • Would You Give a Newborn a Joint? July 24, 2017 - HYANNIS – Pot, weed, cannabis, are just three of the hundreds of names used to describe marijuana. But no matter what you call it, there are potential health risks for your newborn, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). If a pregnant woman uses marijuana, it can cause impairments in the growth and development […]

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