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  • How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus March 9, 2020 - HYANNIS – Just like adults, children are hearing a lot about the coronavirus, which can add some stress and uncertainty to their lives. But there are things parents can do. “It’s important for parents to talk about it and help alleviate children’s fears and downplay any sense of panic,” said Kenneth P. Colmer, MD, who […]
  • What’s The Update On The Coronavirus? March 4, 2020 - HYANNIS – We asked David Pombo, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at Cape Cod Healthcare some important questions about coronavirus, now called COVID-19. Q: What is COVID-19? Dr. Pombo: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses we first heard about more than a decade ago with the SARS and MERS outbreaks. Novel Coronavirus is […]
  • A Beloved Community Asset is Reborn February 27, 2020 - HYANNIS – The buzzing of saws and staccato of nail guns are filling the air at the McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich, as renovations begin at the hospice inpatient facility. Closed since early 2019, when then owner HopeHealth turned over its Cape Cod operations to Cape Cod Healthcare, the hospice center now looks to a […]
  • A Special Motivation Drives This ‘Dancing Doc’ February 27, 2020 - HYANNIS – Nine teams are rehearsing regularly for the 2020 edition of Dancing With the Docs, a competition in which local doctors perform with “pros.” For one of the doctors, the fundraiser for a local nonprofit that helps support people with cancer has extra urgency. “My brother has cancer right now and that gives me […]
  • Could Your Hot Flashes Put You at Risk for Heart Disease? February 26, 2020 - HYANNIS – Hot flashes may be more than just uncomfortable and embarrassing for women. They may put them at risk for heart disease. Researchers who followed more than 3,000 women for 20 years found that participants who experienced frequent hot flashes earlier in menopause were twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease events. In addition, […]
  • There’s No Quick Fix For This Winter Ailment February 25, 2020 - HYANNIS – If you have a cold that just won’t go away, it may not be the common cold. The culprit may be a sinus infection. “It’s very common this time of year,” said emergency medicine physician Kristen Liska, MD, who treats patients at Cape Cod Hospital’s emergency center and the Cape Cod Healthcare Urgent […]
  • His Heart Stopped – And They Jumped Into Action February 23, 2020 - HYANNIS – Reed Baer was finishing an exercise session at the Fitness 500 gym in Hyannis one day last fall. It was a routine workout for the 63-year-old pastor at West Parish of Barnstable Congregational church. Everything felt normal until, well, it didn’t. “I’ve been going to the gym for years, at least three times […]
  • Go Ahead, Read That Next Chapter Before Bed February 19, 2020 - HYANNIS – Do you go to bed early enough to get seven or eight hours sleep, but wake up repeatedly during the night? If so, you may be doing more harm to your mood the next day than if you only got a few hours of sleep. That’s the conclusion of a study by the […]
  • A Hot – Or Cold – Option For Cancer Care February 13, 2020 - HYANNIS – A Florida man discovered the skills of pioneering interventional radiologist Damian Dupuy, MD, FACR, a little over a decade ago. The man was under hospice care for late stage lung cancer, and contacting Dr. Dupuy, who was practicing in Rhode Island at the time, was his last-ditch effort to improve and extend his […]
  • ‘Moderate Exercise’ Is Essential. But What Is It? February 13, 2020 - HYANNIS – Study after study shows that moderate exercise has multiple health benefits – but how much is “moderate”? A moderate amount is easy to quantify, according to Jinx O’Loughlin, a physical therapist with Cape Cod Healthcare’s outpatient rehab facility in Orleans and a certified exercise expert for the aging adult. “You should exercise about […]
  • 4 Ways ‘Dr. Google’ Can Work For You February 6, 2020 - HYANNIS – When you have a new pain, rash, or unexplained symptom, are you more likely to visit ‘Dr. Google’ or your own physician? Chances are, you will consult the internet before calling your doctor, even though your instincts may tell you that self-diagnosis isn’t very safe. “Dr. Google is not the authority; your doctor […]
  • A Young Generation’s Health is Failing February 4, 2020 - HYANNIS – Millennials may be in for some challenging health issues as they age, according to a new report. “They are among the least healthy generations,” said cardiologist Elissa Thompson, MD, of the Cape Cod Healthcare Cardiovascular Center in Hyannis. People born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s have been labelled the “millennials”; […]
  • Taking a Shot at HPV Prevention February 3, 2020 - HYANNIS – Young fans who attend the Falmouth High girls’ basketball game on Jan. 31 and the Mashpee High boys’ basketball game on Feb. 14 will have the opportunity to spin a prize wheel and participate in a halftime basketball free-throw contest. At the 3rd Annual “Take the Shot Night,” they will also, along with […]
  • Another Reason to Vaccinate Against Measles January 27, 2020 - HYANNIS – The measles virus, in and of itself, is serious. But new research shows it can have lasting effects on your child’s health, strengthening the case for vaccination. Scientists recently confirmed what had long been suspected: Measles infection weakens the immune system, an effect that can last years, according to an article in the […]
  • Are You Sleeping Like a Giraffe or a Koala? January 22, 2020 - HYANNIS – Giraffes get the least amount of sleep of any mammal: 1.9 hours a day, according to the Better Sleep Council. Koalas get the most sleep, at 22 hours a day. For humans, of course, the sweet spot is somewhere between the two extremes. We need at least seven hours of sleep each night […]
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