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How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year Posted on Sep 24

How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year

Whether it’s your children’s first day of kindergarten or their senior year of high school, one of your biggest responsibilities as a parent is to keep them healthy. That means more than just three square meals a day — exercise, oral hygiene, sleep, and illness   …Continue Reading How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year

Opioid Abuse in Massachusetts: What Parents Need to Know Posted on Sep 22

The number of annual deaths related to opioid use in Massachusetts increased dramatically between 2000 and 2014, according to the Department of Public Health (DPH). Parents should be aware that young people are at high risk of becoming involved in this fatal epidemic. Data provided   …Continue Reading Opioid Abuse in Massachusetts: What Parents Need to Know

Prostate Cancer Screening: Know Your Options Posted on Sep 17

Prostate cancer affects men across the country. In its snapshot of prostate cancer, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) states that prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among men in the United States. The Department of Public Health (DPH) provides resources for Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Prostate Cancer Screening: Know Your Options

Health Insurance for Massachusetts Small Businesses Posted on Jul 7

Health Insurance for Massachusetts Small Businesses

If you’re a small business owner, you might think that providing health insurance for employees is a luxury you just can’t afford. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. employers lose $225.8 billion each year in productivity because of employees’   …Continue Reading Health Insurance for Massachusetts Small Businesses

Preventive Screenings to Improve Women’s Health Posted on May 11

Preventive Screenings to Improve Women’s Health

Every woman can improve her health, whether by moving more or getting regular checkups and preventive screenings recommended by her doctor. Two preventive screenings, in particular, can pay dividends for many women: breast cancer and cervical cancer exams. The Department of Public Health (DPH)’s Care   …Continue Reading Preventive Screenings to Improve Women’s Health

High Blood Pressure: What It Is and What You Can Do About It Posted on May 5

High Blood Pressure: What It Is and What You Can Do About It

Around one in three adults (70 million) in the United States currently has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those, about one-fifth are not aware that they have it. Recognizing the risk factors of high blood pressure   …Continue Reading High Blood Pressure: What It Is and What You Can Do About It

Rabies in Massachusetts: What You Should Know Posted on Apr 30

Rabies in Massachusetts: What You Should Know

Rabies may be found in a variety of animals native to the Commonwealth, including raccoons, skunks, bats, woodchucks, and foxes. These animals can infect humans and pets, so residents should understand the symptoms of rabies in Massachusetts wildlife and stay clear of possibly infected animals.

Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 17

Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts

Massachusetts was among the first places in the world to eliminate smallpox through the use of vaccines, according to the state’s Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, Response, and Services. With this precedent in mind, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) created   …Continue Reading Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts

How to Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Posted on Apr 15

How to Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of cases of diabetes, in which blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, even among people   …Continue Reading How to Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Posted on Apr 9

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Every child has the right to a happy, healthy life. Children’s safety is not only a main concern for parents and caregivers, but for the Commonwealth as well. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) partners with families and communities to protect children from abuse and neglect   …Continue Reading Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect