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On Guard: Staying Healthy This Flu Season Posted on Nov 5

On Guard: Staying Healthy This Flu Season

As the days grow shorter and the winter months approach, it’s time to start thinking about flu season, how to avoid it, and what to do if you get sick. The flu (otherwise known as influenza) is a contagious disease that affects the body’s respiratory   …Continue Reading On Guard: Staying Healthy This Flu Season

Diabetes Information and Management Tips Posted on Nov 4

Diabetes Information and Management Tips

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects 29.1 million people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In response, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is working to reduce death and disability related to diabetes, its comorbidities,   …Continue Reading Diabetes Information and Management Tips

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month Posted on Oct 17

Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome according to the National Down Syndrome Society. The disease affects a child’s physical development, language, and cognitive skills. Massachusetts participates in Down   …Continue Reading National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Posted on Oct 14

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

According to the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAW) completed jointly between the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 22 percent of women and 7 percent of men were physically assaulted by a partner at some   …Continue Reading National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Posted on Oct 9

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is diagnosed among women in the United States every two minutes. In Massachusetts alone, breast cancer accounts for one-third of all cancers diagnosed in women. Both men and women are affected by this disease. However, with advancements in modern medicine and increased awareness,   …Continue Reading Breast Cancer Awareness

Keep Smiling: Managing Your Oral Health Posted on Oct 7

Keep Smiling: Managing Your Oral Health

Massachusetts residents – young and old – need to keep a close eye on their health and well-being. Oral health is an important part of the equation that individuals should prioritize, no matter their age. Consider some basic oral care tips to maintain a healthy   …Continue Reading Keep Smiling: Managing Your Oral Health

Caregiver Support in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 24

Caregiver Support in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program empowers caregivers through information, education, support, and services that help enhance their quality of life. Caregivers may experience physical, emotional, and financial strain while caring for a loved one. With this in mind, the Commonwealth offers support resources to   …Continue Reading Caregiver Support in Massachusetts

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 17

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Massachusetts

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of male cancer deaths in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth strives to minimize the devastating effects of prostate cancer by educating residents about prevention, early detection, and screening services. In an effort to spread the word about this disease and   …Continue Reading Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Massachusetts

Suicide Prevention Resources in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 7

Massachusetts is constantly seeking to raise awareness about suicide prevention. In 2011, 588 Massachusetts residents died by suicide. Since then, the Commonwealth has created the Massachusetts Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention. The Department of Public Health (DPH) offers a number of programs and resources to   …Continue Reading Suicide Prevention Resources in Massachusetts

End Childhood Obesity – 4 Tips for a Healthier Tomorrow Posted on Aug 6

End Childhood Obesity – 4 Tips for a Healthier Tomorrow

Obesity rates have more than doubled among children and quadrupled in adolescents over the last 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With nearly one-third of all children and teens in the United States overweight or obese, this serious health   …Continue Reading End Childhood Obesity – 4 Tips for a Healthier Tomorrow