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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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  • Rethinking the Aspirin a Day Advisory January 17, 2019- HYANNIS – Millions of healthy elderly Americans take a low-dose aspirin tablet every day in the hopes of preventing future cardiovascular disease and stroke. It seems harmless enough, but is it really safe? A recent series of studies concluded that the habit may be causing more harm than good, for most people. The news came […]
  • Keep Moving – Your Brain Will Thank You January 14, 2019- HYANNIS – Vitamins and supplements are often touted as the way to prevent memory loss. If you watch television, especially late at night, the sales pitches will have you convinced that your brain cells will be saved and improved with these products. While it’s tempting to try them, they are not necessarily the answer. “There […]
  • Is Cell Phone Elbow the New Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? January 14, 2019- HYANNIS – Lately it seems like everywhere you go, people have adopted the same physical posture: head down, shoulders slumped, thumbs scrolling. In the past decade we have become a population that is obsessed with our digital devices. Automobile accidents caused by texting drivers aren’t the only cause of injury that can be attributed to […]
  • Do You Miss Dancing or Walking on the Beach? January 11, 2019- HYANNIS – If you have stiff or sore joints after inactivity or overuse, or mild swelling in your joints, there’s a good chance you have arthritis. You’re not alone. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that arthritis affects 50 million adults and about 300,000 children. Osteoarthritis, alone, affects 27 million Americans. “There’s probably about 125 different types […]
  • Is Your Tablet Giving You a Pain in the Neck? January 11, 2019- HYANNIS – Americans are suffering through an epidemic of neck and shoulder pain – and our electronic gadgets are part of the reason, according to a recent study. Feeling some twinges or aches right now? Read on and we’ll tell you how to avoid what some physical therapists are calling “iPad neck.” Researchers at The […]
  • An “Attractive Alternative” For AFib Patients January 9, 2019- HYANNIS – A new heart device available on Cape Cod may allow some patients with a persistent and dangerous type of heart arrhythmia to give up blood thinners, without increasing their risk of stroke. The “Watchman” device works like a small umbrella and is about the size of a quarter. Doctors insert it in the […]
  • Don’t Become a Victim of the Flu January 8, 2019- HYANNIS – There were 180 confirmed deaths of children younger than 18 during the 2017-2018 flu season, of which 74 percent were not vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That was the highest reported death rate in recent years, excluding the pandemic of 2009, when 358 pediatric deaths were […]
  • A New Twist For Chronic Wrist Pain Treatment January 7, 2019- HYANNIS – The wrist pain bothered Robert Romano for six years. First, he had to quit playing guitar. Eventually it hurt to do something as simple as combing his hair. When the pain finally became unbearable, he discussed options with his doctor, which led to a meeting with Brian Najarian, MD, a Hyannis orthopedic surgeon who […]
  • Don’t Let Mumps Make a Resurgence January 4, 2019- HYANNIS – Fifty years after a vaccine to prevent mumps was licensed, the illness is attempting a comeback in Massachusetts and across the United States. “There were about 186,000 reported mumps cases every year in the U.S. until the vaccine was licensed in 1967, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Since then, due to the […]
  • Everyone Can Have an ACL Recovery Like Tom Brady January 3, 2019- HYANNIS – Recovering from a tear in your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can be a long and arduous process, but with the right help from doctors and therapists, amateur athletes and other active people can get back on their feet just as successfully as professional athletes like Tom Brady and Julian Edelman. Perhaps you are a high […]
  • The Dangerous Myth of Healthy Obesity January 2, 2019- HYANNIS – In 2013, the American Medical Association named obesity as a disease. They did so to raise awareness about the medical issues such as metabolic disease, type 2 diabetes and heart disease that can be caused by obesity. It’s a problem that is not going to go away soon. More than one-third of Americans are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, […]
  • Cape Neurosurgeon Learns and Teaches in Korea December 31, 2018- HYANNIS – When Hyannis neurosurgeon Paul Houle MD, FAANS, of Cape Cod Healthcare Neurosurgery arrived in Seoul, South Korea on November 3, he joined the world’s leading experts on minimally invasive spine surgery to treat a herniated disc. Dr. Houle currently is one of only two surgeons in New England who perform transforaminal endoscopic discectomy, […]
  • You Have Breast Cancer. Now what? December 26, 2018- HYANNIS – So you have been diagnosed with breast cancer. That means, at a minimum, you have had a diagnostic imaging test like a mammogram, ultrasound or breast MRI. Most likely, you have been called back for additional images. And, almost certainly, you have had a biopsy to confirm the findings. Now what? When I […]
  • Christmas Trees Brighten Cape Cod Hospital December 24, 2018- HYANNIS – Six Christmas trees, thousands of lights, 40 volunteers – it all adds up to a lot of holiday spirit at Cape Cod Hospital. Every December members of the Garden Club of Hyannis spend a morning decorating six trees around the building. It’s an effort that has a big payoff. “We love that they […]
  • Cape Cod Cancer Care Group Launches Three New Initiatives December 24, 2018- HYANNIS – Cape Wellness Collaborative is expanding its programs with three new initiatives – WellnessEats, WellnessMoves, and WellnessCares – that will provide additional support to people with cancer and their caregivers. “These new initiatives are things we’ve been thinking about for years and we feel like the time is right where we can move ahead,” […]


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