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  • A New Way to Tackle Peanut Allergies March 15, 2019- HYANNIS – For children and the parents of children with peanut allergies, the world outside their home can seem like a scary place. Oftentimes, the whole family will give up all peanut products in an effort to make sure no accidental ingestion occurs at home. But it’s harder to control things in restaurants, at school […]
  • There Are Ways to Prevent or Stave Off Dementia March 13, 2019- HYANNIS – By the time you reach the age of 65, there is a 15 percent chance you will suffer from mild cognitive impairment. That number goes up to 40 percent by the age of 80, according to neurologist Sean Horrigan, DO, at Neurologists of Cape Cod in Hyannis. If that sounds discouraging, it’s not […]
  • Wellness: It’s Not Just For Adults March 12, 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 […]
  • Is Your Diabetes Go-Bag Ready For An Emergency? March 8, 2019- HYANNIS – Hurricanes, blizzards, even an unexpected flat tire can pose a threat to people with diabetes, who need to regulate blood glucose levels at all times. “Being caught unprepared can be life-threatening for a person with diabetes who can lapse into a coma without the proper medication, so I recommend keeping a toolkit or […]
  • Is This Making Your Baby Fat? March 8, 2019- HYANNIS – There are instances when infants need antibiotics, but new research suggests that prescribing them too often may contribute to childhood obesity. A study published in the January issue of the journal, Gut, looked at more than 333,000 children on TRICARE military medical coverage born between October 2006 and September 2013. Nearly 73 percent […]
  • Cape Hospitals Are Ready For The Next Big Storm March 7, 2019- HYANNIS – A hurricane or severe winter storm hits the Cape, ripping down trees and branches, knocking out power, blocking roads and flooding low-lying areas. Well before the storm arrives, officials at Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) will have been watching its progress, coordinating with town, county and state government agencies, as well as utilities, suppliers […]
  • Nearly One-Third of These Drugs Prescribed Are Unnecessary March 6, 2019- HYANNIS – Life before antibiotics was very different from life today.  A simple paper cut could potentially lead to a life-threatening (or life-ending) infection.  One of the greatest risks of any surgery was infection.  Both mothers and babies were at risk (and commonly died) from infections related to childbirth.  War was always hell – but […]
  • Women: Beware of a Sore Leg March 5, 2019- HYANNIS – Tennis sensation Serena Williams, talk show host Regis Philbin and screen actor Jimmy Stewart all suffered from blood clots in the legs or lungs. They are among the many Americans who have struggled with the condition, which can be deadly (as it was for Stewart). For women, birth control pills, hormone therapy, pregnancy […]
  • A Life-Threatening Gender Gap February 28, 2019- HYANNIS – When it comes to heart health, a gender gap exists that puts women at significantly greater risk for heart attacks, if they have certain risk factors. Even though overall men are at greater risk of heart attack than women, females face significantly more risk than men if they have high blood pressure, smoke, […]
  • Supporting Your Child in Their First Relationship February 26, 2019- HYANNIS – Since the days of Romeo and Juliet and earlier, teen dating has been a complicated thing. As parents, one of our most important jobs is to set the stage for our children to have healthy adult partnerships by helping them navigate the highs and lows of their first dating relationships. “Just like kids […]
  • Are You on These Blood Pressure Meds? February 25, 2019- HYANNIS – All blood pressure medications work slightly differently to reduce blood pressure, but two classes of medications have recently come under fire. A new study of more than 10,500 patients done at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, has found that individuals with hypertension who take alpha blockers and […]
  • Prevent Falls And Cut Your Hospitalization Risk February 22, 2019- HYANNIS – A bad fall can injure anyone, but the harm can be even greater if you’re a senior citizen. “In addition to a fracture, so many medical complications can come from falls,” said Ruth DaSilva, a physical therapy assistant with the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod. “People can develop circulation and cardiac issues […]
  • An OB/GYN For Your Heart? February 19, 2019- HYANNIS – Not long ago a visit to the obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) meant one thing to most women: an internal exam that included a Pap test. Over the past 10 years, that routine has changed to include much more, including screening for heart disease. “OB/GYNs provide annual well-woman exams and comprehensive care in conjunction with a […]
  • Is Your Snoring Driving Your Sleeping Partner Away? February 15, 2019- HYANNIS – Sleep apnea, a chronic condition that results in brief periods when breathing stops during sleep, leaves the patient exhausted and can affect everything from their health to their domestic relations. CPAP, a breathing assistance device often prescribed for people with sleep apnea, can be a lifesaver, but a large number of patients give […]
  • Three Winners At This Year’s Dancing With The Docs February 15, 2019- MASHPEE – Bigger than ever, the 2019 version of Dancing With the Docs attracted a crowd of 500, twice the size of the first two shows. At night’s end, three prizes were awarded. Drumroll, please … Mary-Amanda O’Neill, MD, won the Medicine Ball Trophy, chosen by a panel of judges. Karen Monaghan, MD, was named […]


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