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  • How To Talk To Someone Who Has Dementia November 18, 2019 - HYANNIS – Ellen McCabe, RN, FNP-BC, CHPN not only teaches caregivers, she’s been one. And that helps her to appreciate her current program topic: How family and caregivers can use empathy to communicate with those who have dementia. “It’s about a shared power dynamic, versus ‘I’m your caregiver and I say what you do,’” said […]
  • “It’s Easy To Do The Right Thing” November 17, 2019 - HYANNIS  – “It’s easy to do the right thing,” Cape Cod Healthcare President and CEO Michael Lauf told a group gathered at Outer Cape Health Services in Wellfleet on Friday. “Helping people is easy, and we want to err on the side of doing just that.” Lauf was in town Friday as part of a […]
  • Mental Health in the Primary Care Office November 12, 2019 - HYANNIS – A new pilot program is giving primary care providers on Cape Cod a better way to help their patients with mental health issues. By calling a consultation line, providers can consult with a psychiatric expert and get immediate guidance on treatment options. “It is our hope that we can assist the primary care […]
  • Five Ways to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy November 10, 2019 - HYANNIS – Picture your kidneys as your body’s ultimate purification system. They filter all of your blood, every 30 minutes, eliminating waste and extra water, 24 hours- a-day, 365 days per year for your entire lifetime. When insults like diabetes and smoking can take their toll on these important organs, leading to problems. Chronic kidney […]
  • Local Educator Honored With Virtual Cancer Classroom November 6, 2019 - HYANNIS – Alice O’Neill taught for 41 years, including decades as a first-grade teacher at Osterville Elementary School. She retired from the classroom in 1999 and soon devoted herself to volunteering as a fundraiser for cancer research and treatment. Her interest in cancer research stemmed from her own experience with the disease, as well as […]
  • A Mindful Approach To Waiting Room Anxiety November 4, 2019 - HYANNIS – You’ve walked into the doctor’s office, registered for your appointment, scanned the waiting room and found an empty chair. Now what? If you’re one of the 63 percent of Americans who admit they have waiting room anxiety, you fidget, shuffle and consider bolting for the exit. More than half of all patients surveyed […]
  • For Children, Better Sleep Means Better Learning November 1, 2019 - HYANNIS – Let me tell you a quick bedtime story. It’s about a group of children, 74 of them, and they live in a land that’s far, far away. They are boys and girls. Some are just 7 years old and some are 11 and some are in between. Every night they tried to get […]
  • Is Technostress Hurting Your Child’s Mental Health? October 31, 2019 - HYANNIS – The biggest change pediatrician Lori Zito, MD has seen since she began her career as a pediatrician in 1990 is the increase in mental illness. Today, she says that at least 25 percent of her patients are being treated for mental illness, and technostress is the biggest contributor. “I’m fast to blame technology […]
  • There’s An Easy Fix For Positional Vertigo October 28, 2019 - HYANNIS – You get out of bed and, for a short while, it feels as if the whole room is spinning – day after day. That’s what life can be like for people with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, usually referred to as positional vertigo. “For some people, they’re fine the rest of the day as […]
  • Urgent Care or ER? ‘That Girl’ Had a Choice October 24, 2019 - HYANNIS – It seemed like a good idea at the time! It was a pleasant, late-summer afternoon so why not be outside enjoying the fresh air and winding down the Labor Day holiday weekend with rollerblading around the neighborhood. It all made perfect sense to Cat Wilson, and never mind that she had never been […]
  • Do You Really Need a Formal Exercise Program? October 23, 2019 - HYANNIS – Would you brush your teeth if it took an hour, or even 20 minutes a day? Even though we know that skipping it would result in dental decay, bad breath and stained teeth, most of us would probably be lax about doing it regularly. That concept goes a long way toward explaining many […]
  • Vaccine Stops Shingles Before it Starts October 22, 2019 - HYANNIS – On October 20, 2017 the Food and Drug Administration approved Shingrix, a new and better vaccine for shingles. Just a few days later, an advisory panel at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that all adults age 50 and older get the new vaccine. The CDC also said that Shingrix is […]
  • Taking Steps Toward a Healthier Heart October 21, 2019 - HYANNIS – Regular exercise is important for everyone’s health, but new research shows that it is especially important for those with cardiovascular disease. The study, which was done in South Korea, compared a group of 310,240 healthy people with a group of 131,558 people who had been diagnosed with pre-existing cardiovascular disease over a period […]
  • Three Ways to Decrease Your Risk of Breast Cancer October 16, 2019 - HYANNIS – While there are some risk factors for breast cancer that you cannot control such as age and family history, there are things you can do to lower your risk. Oncologist Jennifer Crook, MD, said that even changing a few things in your lifestyle can be helpful. “If we had to pick just three, […]
  • Treating the Unseen Effects of Breast Cancer October 15, 2019 - HYANNIS – Losing a breast to cancer can lead to a myriad of emotions for a woman, according to Hyannis breast surgeon Kathryn H Dalton, DO, FACS. “Our breasts are a symbol of womanhood…of motherhood, and our ability to nurture another human being,” she said. For that reason, she tries to dissuade patients from having […]


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