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  • Is An Aspirin a Day Right For Everyone? January 20, 2017 - HYANNIS – Aspirin has been around since 1899, when Bayer patented its first product, and most people now don’t think twice about popping a couple when they are not feeling well. In the early 1970’s, researchers discovered that a low dose of aspirin could possibly prevent a second heart attack in at-risk patients and a […]
  • Avoiding the Complications of Diabetes January 19, 2017 - HYANNIS – Diabetes is costly, both in terms of dollars spent on medical care and the toll it takes on human life. The American Diabetes Association estimates that diabetes and pre-diabetes costs Americans $322 billion per year. That represents one in every five dollars spent on medical care in general and one of every three […]
  • Cold, Flu or Allergy? What Do You Have? January 18, 2017 - HYANNIS – Suffering from coughing, a runny nose and congestion? Could be a cold. Or maybe the flu. Or maybe it’s allergies. Winter ailments share some common features, which can make it hard to know what you have and how to treat it. “It’s easy for patients to be confused among the three,” said Paul […]
  • Health For Le$$: Eat Well Without Breaking the Bank January 17, 2017 - HYANNIS – I head off to the supermarket full of resolve. Then, standing in the produce aisle, I hold a half-pint of organic blueberries costing $4.99 and my image of a healthier body dissolves into a screen shot of my bank account. Is there any way to eat wisely and meet my budget at the […]
  • Pediatricians Recommend New HPV Vaccine for 11-Year-Olds January 16, 2017 - HYANNIS – Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the U.S. – and it’s not just for girls. Experts now recommend that all preteens get an improved HPV vaccine called 9vHPV. Children with a history of sexual abuse should get vaccinated at age 9. The immunization schedule is recommended by […]
  • Calm Down And De-stress before surgery January 13, 2017 - HYANNIS – It’s a bustling Monday morning at the Falmouth Hospital Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU), where staff is preparing patients for surgery. Frank Cobis of Rockland is getting ready for hip replacement surgery, and he lies in his bed in the middle of a whirlwind of activity. His wife, Christine, sits anxiously nearby. Nurses are […]
  • This Is As Bad For Your Health As Obesity January 12, 2017 - HYANNIS – With more older Americans living alone, experts are beginning to understand some of the psychological and physical effects of a solitary lifestyle. And the news isn’t good. Researchers have concluded that the risks of loneliness and social isolation are comparable to or worse than the risks of obesity on a person’s health. Last […]
  • Visionary Physician Remembered at Falmouth Hospital January 11, 2017 - HYANNIS – Dr. E. Langdon Burwell, an innovator and forward thinking physician, was remembered for his commitment to Falmouth Hospital during the recent dedication of two conference rooms in his name. The conference rooms, which were formerly known as Faxon I and II, were renamed in November and are now known together as the Burwell Education […]
  • Sick of That Stuffed Up Nose? Try This Simple Remedy. January 10, 2017 - HYANNIS – About 29.4 million adult Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic sinusitis causes nasal congestion, nasal discharge, sneezing and itching that can have a moderate to severe impact on quality of life. But, relief might be easier than you think. A new study of close […]
  • Winter Weather Is Here; So What’s Your Hurry? January 9, 2017 - HYANNIS – For those of us in New England, it can be amusing to watch Weather Channel footage of drivers in southern states slipping and sliding when there’s a mere dusting of snow. We get a little cocky. We’ve got this covered, we tell ourselves. And yet, every winter storm on Cape Cod brings news […]
  • How That iPad May Be Hurting Your Child’s Grades January 6, 2017 - HYANNIS – Most parents know their children need a lot of sleep. It’s why we put toddlers down for naps and enforce bedtimes for older kids. But, in today’s media saturated culture, electronic devices are intruding in every aspect of children’s lives. They are also costing them much-needed sleep. A large review and meta-analysis of […]
  • Don’t Let The Super Bowl Flu Tackle You January 5, 2017 - HYANNIS – The good news is that the Patriots are playing well enough that they could make it to the Super Bowl again. The bad news is that if they do make it to the Super Bowl, you could end up with the flu. Flu deaths rise in cities where the hometown football team makes […]
  • Sometimes, it’s Stress That Can Break Your Heart January 5, 2017 - HYANNIS – Stress-related heart and vascular conditions were in the news this week, with the death from a stroke of long-time Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds, just one day after her daughter, actress and author Carrie Fisher, had died of cardiac arrest. In 2015, we explored this issue with a group of cardiac rehabilitation patients and Cape […]
  • Finding The Courage to Work Out After Heart Surgery January 3, 2017 - HYANNIS – Every bit helps, when trying to get in shape after a heart attack. Which is why, through a partnership between Cape Cod Healthcare and KoKo FitClub, 70 cardiovascular patients will be outfitted with a FitBit physical activity tracker. The wrist device is designed to help users become more active, eat a more well-rounded […]
  • The Ups And Downs of Controlling Blood Pressure January 2, 2017 - HYANNIS – Blood pressure has long been called “the silent killer” because it typically has no symptoms until after it has done significant damage to the heart and arteries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one-third of the adults living in the United States have high blood pressure. Only half of them […]