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  • Is Rabies a Threat on Cape Cod? July 16, 2019 - HYANNIS – In late April and early May, baits and sachets containing rabies vaccine were spread throughout Southeastern Massachusetts towns, along the Cape Cod Canal and on Cape Cod south to Route 151 in Falmouth and west to Route 149 in Marstons Mills and Barnstable Village. The goal? To keep the deadly virus from spreading […]
  • 5 Tips to Avoid Painful Vacation Memories July 11, 2019 - HYANNIS – There are lots of great places to enjoy on your Cape Cod vacation – the beach, the bike trail, a restaurant overlooking the water. The hospital emergency room is not one of them. Yet every summer, thousands of visitors pass through the ERs at Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital, as well as […]
  • The 10 Most Common Medication Errors People Make July 10, 2019 - HYANNIS – Americans make more than 500,000 medication mistakes a year, according to  a report   in Consumer Reports magazine. The report goes on to say that at least 90,000 life-threatening or fatal events occur as a result of medical errors patients make at home. We asked James Mangan, director of Hospital and Ambulatory Pharmacy for Cape […]
  • Should Adults Get the Measles Vaccine? July 5, 2019 - HYANNIS – Now that more than 700 people have confirmed cases of the measles in the U.S., public health officials are concerned about the danger spreading, according to a story published on the NPR website. Currently the highest risk is in unvaccinated children who live in areas that have seen high numbers of outbreaks, like […]
  • Are You Drinking Germs and Mold? July 4, 2019 - HYANNIS – Making the switch to a reusable water bottle might make you feel great in an environmentally conscious kind of way but, if you’re not careful, it can also make you sick. Here are some facts that will likely scare you straight into cleaning your container. Studies have shown that water bottles that go […]
  • Relief From Cancer Pain July 2, 2019 - HYANNIS – Living with cancer often means coping with pain. Neurosurgeons at Cape Cod Hospital can deliver rapid relief to cancer patients suffering from hard-to-treat chronic pain with a treatment called OsteoCool, which uses cutting-edge technology to treat tumors that arise in the spine and may produce severe back pain and other problems. “The name […]
  • Don’t Eat Breakfast on the Fly July 2, 2019 - HYANNIS – What meal is the biggest pain for solo chefs? Breakfast gets my vote, especially on busy mornings. Cookbooks are full of luxurious ideas: Overnight French toast casseroles, grits soaking up country ham and eggs, fluffy buttermilk pancakes swimming in real maple syrup. Sure, like that’s going to happen on a work day. So, […]
  • Who Are More Apt to Have a Stroke, Men or Women? June 28, 2019 - HYANNIS – The good news is that men are having fewer strokes. The bad news is the rates in women remain the same. Researchers at Brown University and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center discovered these findings in a study after following 1.3 million American adults over a 17-year period. Results showed that of the […]
  • Help Your Child Overcome This Common Fear June 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 […]
  • A New Twist For Chronic Wrist Pain Treatment June 26, 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 June 25, 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 […]
  • Would You Get The Same Treatment as Mick Jagger? June 21, 2019 - HYANNIS – In an early Rolling Stones hit, Mick Jagger boasted that he had a “heart of stone” – but even that heart eventually needed some repair. Jagger recently underwent a minimally invasive cardiac procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (or TAVR, for short), an alternative to open heart surgery. Lots of other people will […]
  • Doing This Beforehand Can Help Your Recovery From Surgery June 20, 2019 - HYANNIS – Recovery from surgery can be difficult and painful – and that’s why many surgeons recommend getting a head-start on the healing process. “There are definitely benefits to prehabilitation or ‘prehab,’ and I’d like to see more patients do it,” said C. Jeffrey Siegert, MD, FACS, a general surgeon based at Cape Cod Surgeons […]
  • Peers Are Helping Others Overcome This Illness June 14, 2019 - HYANNIS – Sometimes the best person to help with a problem is someone who has gone through the same problem themselves. That is the premise behind the Peer Recovery Specialist program at Cape Cod Healthcare that began last June in partnership with Gosnold, Inc. When Emergency Department staff suspect a patient has a substance use […]
  • Wellness: It’s Not Just For Adults June 13, 2019 - HYANNIS – Health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” In that spirit, a special pediatric Wellness Trails event will be dedicated to exploring healthy living for youth on Sunday, March 24, 2019. Healthy Minds, Healthy […]
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