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Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015 posted on Jan 23

The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in rates of flu-like illness during the past seven days. Flu season is certainly here in New England – but there are some simple, common-sense steps that you can take to keep from getting or spreading the   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015

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Weekly Flu Report, January 16, 2015 posted on Jan 16

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decline in rates of flu-like illness over the past seven days. But flu is unpredictable, and we know from past years that flu season won’t likely peak in Massachusetts until February or March – so there’s still   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 16, 2015

State Health Plan Looks at Capacity of Behavioral Health Care System posted on Jan 14

Last month, the Health Planning Council voted to approve the first section of the State Health Plan, which looks at behavioral health. The Health Planning Council was established by Chapter 224, a 2012 law that includes a variety of initiatives aimed at controlling health care   …Continue Reading State Health Plan Looks at Capacity of Behavioral Health Care System

Facts about Smoking and Pregnancy! posted on Jan 12

Facts about Smoking and Pregnancy!

New Year, new baby, new, healthier you!  Most people know that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems. Smoking during pregnancy is especially harmful, causing additional health problems including premature birth, certain birth defects, and infant death. Here are some facts about   …Continue Reading Facts about Smoking and Pregnancy!

Weekly Flu Report, January 9, 2015 posted on Jan 9

The latest weekly flu report  shows a slight decrease in the rate of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth during the past week. But flu season is far from over, and there is still time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so already.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 9, 2015

Helping Patients with Serious Advancing Illness Make Informed Decisions posted on Jan 8

Discussions and decisions about care at the end of one’s life are some of the most difficult, but most important, that a patient can have. Health care providers play an important role in helping patients and families confront serious advancing illnesses. Massachusetts’ 2012 health reform   …Continue Reading Helping Patients with Serious Advancing Illness Make Informed Decisions