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  • Is There a Link Between Vaping and Lung Disease? September 16, 2019 - HYANNIS – A recent nationwide spate of severe lung disease has the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, and health officials in several states, investigating if vaping is the cause. According to the CDC, as of Aug. 27, 2019, 215 suspected cases in 25 states, and one death, have been reported. No conclusive evidence of […]
  • How Long Should You Wait Between Babies? September 13, 2019 - HYANNIS – That’s a real cute baby you have there. When are you going to have another? More than a few parents have been asked that question or asked it of themselves. If you’re wondering if there’s such a thing as too soon, medically speaking, there is. “There is definitely very secure evidence for a […]
  • Is Your Life Situation Affecting Your Health? September 12, 2019 - HYANNIS – You may have heard the term ‘population health’ coming up in discussions around healthcare. Population health is exactly what it sounds like – keeping the entire population of a region healthy. Doctors figure prominently in the formula, working as part of a team to keep the community healthy in a cost-effective way. Oftentimes, […]
  • The Best Way to Unstick a Tick September 10, 2019 - HYANNIS – Forget about fire, ice, goo or any other old tales you’ve heard about removing a tick that’s bitten you. There’s a simple way to get the job done, according to Larry Dapsis, an entomologist and the Tick Project coordinator for Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. “The preferred method is using pointy tweezers, not big […]
  • Parents Have Homework, Too, When School Starts September 8, 2019 - HYANNIS – Paperwork for the school nurse can be an arduous task but it will help to keep your child healthy and safe throughout the school year. Just over 18,100 Cape Cod children are returning to school according to the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE). And whether they are in elementary or high school, it’s […]
  • Artificial Sweeteners: Not Such a Sweet Thing September 5, 2019 - HYANNIS – Most people who use artificial sweeteners instead of sugar do it for weight control or because they have diabetes. But new research shows that could be counter-productive. A study presented at the Endocrine Society meeting in 2018, indicated that consumption of low-calorie sweeteners could actually predispose people to prediabetes and diabetes. “Our stem […]
  • Cape Alzheimer’s Patients Now Have Better Access to Clinical Trials September 4, 2019 - HYANNIS – One of the goals of the new Memory Care Center at Neurologists of Cape Cod in Hyannis is for every patient on the Cape over the age of 65 to be screened for dementia, just as they are routinely screened for hypertension, cholesterol and glucose levels. Early detection allows for better treatment options […]
  • Is Heart Failure a Death Sentence? September 3, 2019 - HYANNIS – Last year, Orleans resident Paul Peloquin’s health was failing. Over a six-week period, the 72-year-old experienced worsening shortness of breath and swelling from fluid retention in his extremities and lungs. Unable to walk across the room, he went to the Emergency Center at Cape Cod Hospital for help. Peloquin was diagnosed with congestive […]
  • Green Up and Keep Your Brain Younger August 30, 2019 - HYANNIS – Spinach won’t make your muscles bulge like Popeye’s biceps, but it is one of the leafy green vegetables that were linked to brain health in a multi-year study. Eating a daily serving of green, leafy vegetables was associated with a greatly reduced rate of brain aging, according to the study, which was published […]
  • Help Your Child Overcome This Common Fear August 27, 2019 - HYANNIS – Are doctor’s visits the stuff of nightmares? For young children, they may be. Parents said their child was afraid of going to the doctor at some or most visits (26 percent) or once in a while (24 percent), according to a recent national poll. A small number of parents said these feelings caused […]
  • Is Grilling a Healthy Way to Cook? August 20, 2019 - HYANNIS – I don’t eat much meat but I love my gas grill. I love that it cooks things quickly. I love that I can cook enough at once for several meals. I love that it cleans up in a flash, literally. And I love that on a summer’s night, I can stand in the […]
  • Back-to-School Checklist: 6 Tips to Get in the Groove August 19, 2019 - HYANNIS – The first day of a new school year is full of promise, and you can help make the transition from summer vacation back to the classroom easier with these tips from a pediatrician who has raised three children of his own. “Sleep is the top priority,” said Kenneth P. Colmer, MD, of Bass […]
  • Falmouth Road Race: A Test Case for Heat Treatment August 16, 2019 - HYANNIS – The number one concern for the medical team at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race is being prepared for traditionally hot, humid weather, and on alert for exertional heat illnesses (EHI), especially life-threatening heat stroke, said race medical director John Jardine, MD. Studies conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) at the University […]
  • Many Teething Remedies Are Risky August 15, 2019 - HYANNIS – When your baby is crying in the middle of the night from teething pain, “it can be very hard to stay rational,” said Gregory W. Parkinson, MD, of Falmouth Pediatric Associates. “You’re worried and sleep-deprived – that combination can make you want to reach for something and not think about how it’s been […]
  • Ask Questions and Save Money on Your Prescriptions August 14, 2019 - HYANNIS – You may be able to save on your prescription drugs, but you have to be proactive and ask your pharmacist. In March, researchers reported to the Journal of the American Medical Society (JAMA) the extent of overpayment by people for their medicines. The researchers analyzed 9.5 million claims and discovered that in 2.2 […]


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