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  • Cape Cod’s Dancing Docs Are Deep Into Rehearsals November 15, 2017 - HYANNIS – Before the fancy outfits and the bright spotlights, show biz is all about rehearsal. For the nine medical practitioners who will compete in the 2018 edition of Dancing with the Docs Cape Cod, rehearsal time is now. The doctors are hard at work with their expert partners as they memorize their choreographed routines. […]
  • Don’t Forget; There Are Ways to Prevent Dementia November 13, 2017 - HYANNIS – Some things should be unforgettable. Your mother’s smile. The first time you fell in love. The homerun you hit in third grade. Dementia threatens to rob us of treasured memories. But there are ways to reduce your risk. A new study from the National Institutes of Health followed 15,744 people over 25 years and found […]
  • Colon Cancer Screening Without the Dreaded Prep November 10, 2017 - HYANNIS – Colon cancer screening saves lives by finding precancerous or early cancerous growths during the most treatable stages. But no one looks forward to the colonoscopy test that’s recommended for people starting at age 50. First there’s the dreaded prep that consists of gulping down a jugful of chalky tasting liquid. Then there is the time […]
  • The Serious Effects of Poverty on Children November 9, 2017 - HYANNIS – When you put the words ‘poverty’ and ‘children’ together, it’s easy to form a picture in your mind and think of a sad statistical minority. But, according to the 2017 report from the National Center for Children in Poverty, 43 percent of children in this country live in low-income families and an additional 21 percent […]
  • Tonsillectomies: Not As Common, But Still An Option November 8, 2017 - HYANNIS – I can still remember having my   tonsils   out when I was a child in the 1950s. The bad sore throat and the vanilla ice cream I ate to help relieve some of the pain are the two highlights that stick in my memory. “The heyday of   tonsillectomies   was in the pre-antibiotic era when […]
  • A Race Against Time in P’town November 7, 2017 - HYANNIS – Joy Esper woke suddenly from a deep sleep. Her chest felt like it was exploding. Her arm was numb. Her breathing was labored. She was soaked in sweat. A fitness consultant, she remembers thinking, “I’m going to die.” It was near midnight on Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend and she was alone in Provincetown, […]
  • This Can Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk November 6, 2017 - HYANNIS – While there are some risk factors like heredity that women cannot control when it comes to breast cancer, there are lifestyle choices that can help to reduce the risk. A  review from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research found that exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding alcohol can all reduce breast […]
  • Eating For Two Does Not Mean Eating Twice As Much November 1, 2017 - HYANNIS – Traditional advice for pregnant women was to get as much rest as possible and eat for two to ensure proper growth of the baby. Pregnancy was considered a time of confinement rather than keeping up with your regular pace of your life. Now those misguided notions are considered to be contributing to the […]
  • What’s In Your Child’s Sippy Cup? October 31, 2017 - HYANNIS – Adults carry water bottles around all the time – at work, the gym, during a walk, and in the car. So, what should be in your toddler’s sippy cup? “We encourage water as being the best for toddlers to drink,” said Emily O’Connell, MD, a pediatrician at Falmouth Pediatrics.  “We really try to limit […]
  • Planning for the Unexpected Guides Journey Through Cancer Care October 27, 2017 - HYANNIS – To this day, Jim McGrath of Chatham tells anyone who may be concerned about oncology care on Cape Cod, “Be not afraid. You don’t have to go to Boston. The doctors and staff here at Cape Cod Healthcare are simply superb.” He lives by the philosophy that planning for the future is an […]
  • Should You Be Concerned About Dizziness? October 26, 2017 - HYANNIS – A visit to the office and balance lab of otolaryngologist Craig Jones, MD gives one a whole new perspective on disorders that can affect balance. In conversations with friends and family, almost everyone would probably comment that at some point in their life they felt dizzy or had experienced vertigo. But do we […]
  • Don’t Salt Away Your Health October 25, 2017 - HYANNIS – Doctors have cautioned patients about the dangers of too much salt for years, but the warning isn’t having a big effect on behavior. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 90 percent of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended. One of the biggest problems is that salt is hidden in […]
  • Want a Better Joint Replacement Outcome? Quit Smoking October 24, 2017 - HYANNIS – While preparing for your much-needed joint replacement surgery, after months or years of pain and discomfort, you might want to add quitting smoking to your pre-op plan. Smoking can interfere with healing after a replacement procedure because it inhibits the cellular repair processes and slows down the oxygen-rich blood flow that helps heal […]
  • For Thirsty Little Athletes, Sport Drinks Aren’t The Answer October 20, 2017 - HYANNIS – The kids are dashing back and forth across the soccer field, or maybe they’re just running around the yard on a warm day. They get a little thirsty and reach for a sports drink. Time out! There’s a better choice, according to Tracy Warren, RDN, a clinical dietitian in Cape Cod Hospital’s Nutrition […]
  • New Hair Transplant Method a “Big Confidence Booster” October 19, 2017 - HYANNIS – A pair of plastic surgeons in Hyannis are the first in New England to offer and be trained in the latest version of a leading device for hair transplantation. Michael A. Loffredo, MD, and Seth Jones, MD, of Cape and Islands Plastic Surgery in Hyannis, recently purchased a NeoGraft 2.0. The device is an improved model […]

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