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thumbnail_cchn_logo_finalCape Cod Health News is Cape Cod’s go-to source for timely, informative and credible health news. Engaging stories provide the latest health news, with expert advice and commentary from local doctors and other providers.

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  • Make Nature Walks Your Workout July 13, 2018 - HYANNIS – Instead of hitting the gym or working out at home this summer, what about walking scenic trails of Cape Cod National Seashore on a regular basis? If you’re a Cape resident, you might be given a “prescription” by your doctor to do just that, under a collaboration between Cape Cod Healthcare and the […]
  • What To Do If You Or A Loved One Are Suicidal July 12, 2018 - HYANNIS – Suicide rates are sharply on the rise in the United States according to a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report was further accentuated by the deaths of designer Kate Spade and chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain by suicide the same week. Their deaths put a […]
  • How to Make Surgical Scars Less Visible July 11, 2018 - HYANNIS – Surgery saves lives. It also causes scars. Most of us are so focused on getting in and out of the operating room we don’t think ahead about incision care. Healing those cuts becomes a big issue the minute we leave the operating room. The first step is to make sure you have clear […]
  • Could These Drugs Be a Cure For Lung Cancer? July 10, 2018 - HYANNIS – You may have noticed an uptick in the advertising of two new immunotherapy drugs, Optivo® (nivolumab) and Keytruda® (pembrolizumab), which are changing the conversation about treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. That’s because for the first time in years, these drugs are showing promise in extending life in patients with this notoriously […]
  • Reading to Toddlers Has a Happy Ending July 9, 2018 - HYANNIS – Reading aloud to young children has a long-term payoff, resulting in fewer attention problems and fewer disruptive behaviors, such as hyperactivity and aggression, according to a new study. Published recently in Pediatrics, the study done by researchers at New York University School of Medicine confirmed what one local pediatrician has long believed. “Early […]
  • Most of These Occur in the Home July 6, 2018 - HYANNIS – Every year, thousands of children sustain eye injuries from recreational and sports activities because they don’t wear protective equipment. Many suffer permanent visual impairment. According to a recent study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children’s eye injuries from non-powder guns such as pellet, BB, or paint ball rose almost 169 percent […]
  • Don’t Mix This With the Sun July 5, 2018 - HYANNIS – You know the routine to protect yourself before going out in the sun: Sunscreen? Check. Sunglasses, hat and skin-covering clothing? Check. Limited time in the sun? Check. Read your medication labels? What? Many common prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs can make you more susceptible to sunburn or, less commonly, cause an allergic skin reaction to […]
  • Don’t Let This Suppress Your Protective Genes July 5, 2018 - HYANNIS – The best way to promote good health is to eat a whole food, plant-based diet, according to internal medicine physician Miguel Prieto, MD, with Emerald Physicians in Bourne. “There was a study that was published in JAMA recently that noticed that vegan diets tend to be better than even the American Heart Association-recommended […]
  • Cholesterol is Just One Part of the Problem July 4, 2018 - HYANNIS – What’s your number? Chances are you know if your cholesterol is high (over 240 mg/dL) or in the safe range, but Megan Titas, MD, a cardiologist with The Cardiovascular Specialists in Falmouth, cautions that cholesterol is more than just a number. “Yes, high cholesterol is one of the risk factors for coronary disease, vascular […]
  • A Team Approach to Caring For Moms and Babies July 3, 2018 - HYANNIS – What do you do for a mother who has trouble with breast milk pumping? Or a 35-week-old baby struggling with hypoglycemia? What about when a patient is requesting more medication than she needs to manage post-partum discomfort? These are the types of questions and situations that the team at Cape Cod Hospital Family […]
  • This Drug Made a Difference For Some Breast Cancer Patients July 2, 2018 - HYANNIS – When people hear the word breast cancer, they think it is one disease. In reality, breast cancer has many different forms and each of them responds differently to treatment. In the past, even doctors didn’t understand all of the nuances, and therefore couldn’t accurately predict who would remain cancer-free and who would see their […]
  • Inspired By Excellence June 22, 2018 - CHATHAM – Chatham residents David and Gail Oppenheim have long been champions of quality healthcare on the Lower Cape. Their support of Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) began in 2003, when they joined the late Ray Fontaine of Harwich in giving a significant gift in support of the renovation and expansion of the former Harwich Medical […]
  • There’s a Reason Women Live Longer June 21, 2018 - HYANNIS – June is Men’s Health Month.  The goal of this month is to bring to the forefront awareness of preventable health problems and those that benefit from early detection.  A study done by the CDC revealed women to be 100 percent more likely than men to seek preventive healthcare.  For all types of non-pregnancy-related visits for people […]
  • Can Stress Busters Help Reduce Seizures? June 15, 2018 - HYANNIS – Medications control seizures for about 70-80 percent of people with epilepsy. The other 20 percent have to live with the uncertainty of not knowing when the next seizure will strike. Now, a promising new study looked at whether stress-reduction techniques could help reduce the frequency of seizures. “The study showed that using stress-reducing […]
  • Paying it Forward in Underserved Communities June 14, 2018 - HYANNIS – Ever since Olivia Klenert, RN, was a nursing student at UMass Dartmouth, she has dreamed of traveling to other countries to improve healthcare in areas where services were lacking. When her best friend, Meaghan Koudelka, began working for the Peace Corps in Morocco, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to realize her dream. […]