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  • Could Your Hot Flashes Put You at Risk for Heart Disease? November 10, 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, […]
  • Are Steroids Right For Arthritis Pain? November 9, 2020 - HYANNIS – If you have been turning to steroid injections to relieve your painful osteoarthritis, new research shows it may be riskier than previously thought. A new study done by the Cochrane Muscular Skeletal Group and published in Radiology was done with 459 patients who were given one to three steroid injections for hip or […]
  • ‘Moderate Exercise’ Is Essential. But What Is It? November 5, 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 […]
  • There’s No Quick Fix For This Winter Ailment October 29, 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 […]
  • Treating the Unseen Effects of Breast Cancer October 7, 2020 - 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 […]
  • Thinking of Removing Your Other Breast After Cancer? October 6, 2020 - HYANNIS – A diagnosis of breast cancer is always scary. There are invasive treatments to consider, emotional upheaval about possible changes in body image and, most importantly, a fear of dying. Numerous studies show that many patients make decisions based on fear or out of a desire to take control of the situation. Because of these things and […]
  • Breast Cancer Surgery Without the Scars October 4, 2020 - For women facing the trauma of breast cancer, a surgical scar is often the last thing on their mind. But, afterwards it can be a permanent reminder of their illness. Kathryn Dalton, DO, a breast surgeon at Cape Cod Hospital, felt the disease was upsetting enough, without the added worry of having a visible scar. […]
  • Who Should Consider Breast Reconstruction? October 2, 2020 - HYANNIS – The choice about whether to have breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is a very personal one, and age does not necessarily have to figure into the decision. A lot of older women think reconstruction is not for them, but doctors like plastic surgeon Michael Loffredo, MD, at Cape & Islands Plastic Surgery say […]
  • Golfers Hit the Links to Raise Money for Cancer Care October 1, 2020 - A global pandemic couldn’t stop some Cape golfers from raising money for their favorite cause recently. The Cummaquid Ladies 9- and 18-Holers recently hosted the 11th annual Pink Day Golf Tournament. At the July event, they raised $4,300, half for the Cape Cod Women’s Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Fund and half for the Breast […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]


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