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In The News 2017-03-16T15:30:36+00:00
2610, 2016

MetroWest Daily News
Pneumococcal disease

Hillary Clinton recently experienced a bout with pneumonia – on a stage for all of the world to see. This incident has sparked a national conversation about the health of our politicians as well as the dangers of this common illness. Each year, thousands of people die from pneumococcal disease (one of the causes of pneumonia), including 18,000 adults over the age of 65, according to the [...]

1109, 2016

MetroWest Daily News:
Healthy Aging

I recently celebrated a birthday, and it got me thinking about healthy aging. Although I have fantastic genes (my great-grandmother lived to 102, and my grandmother just celebrated 100 1/2), I want to know that I can do my part for living a healthy life. My colleague, Jean Sniffin, is the Community Health nurse for Century Health Systems and Natick Visiting Nurse Association. She gave me some [...]

1308, 2016

Healthy Habits
Backpack Safety

It may only be August, but across the country, many of us are already in back-to-school mode. And if you’re shopping for school supplies, consider the backpack. Wearing an ill-fitting backpack can lead to myriad health issues: neck, back and/or shoulder pain; poor posture; and chronic pain. In fact, thousands of children are injured annually from backpacks that don’t fit properly. So, how can parents ensure that their [...]

1707, 2016

MetroWest Daily News
Opioid addiction growing among seniors

By now, we’ve all read or heard about the opioid epidemic sweeping our country. Some of us may have a loved one who struggles with addiction. Some of us may have lost a loved one to the disease. What many of us may not know is that the senior population is growing increasingly addicted to opioids. A September 2015 AARP article says that between 1993 and 2012, [...]

1704, 2016

Healthy Habits
Be on the watch for ticks

The illnesses read like an alphabet: anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia. Now that spring has sprung, we could all use a refresher on how to protect ourselves from these tick-borne diseases. In the northeast United States, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported on tick-borne illness. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that about 300,000 people in the US are diagnosed annually with [...]

1502, 2016

Healthy Habits
Tips for eliminating sugars in your diet

Since 1980, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture have issued new dietary guidelines every five years. One of the most significant recent recommendations is to cut back on added sugars to no more than 10 percent of one’s daily caloric intake. Sugar consumption can result in obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay and more. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for [...]