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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Weekly Flu Report, November 30, 2012 Posted on Nov 30

Weekly Flu Report, November 30, 2012

 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health We've begun to see an uptick in flu rates in Massachusetts, according to the latest weekly flu report (Word, PDF). If this flu season is like most previous ones, we can   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 30, 2012

Clearing the Path to Fall River’s Cook Pond Posted on Nov 29

Clearing the Path to Fall River’s Cook Pond

Sometimes natural resources for physical activity and recreation are sitting idle in your own backyard – just waiting for a path to be cleared so you can access it! This was the case for Cook Pond; resting with a 3 mile circumference in the South End of Fall River, MA. Until recently, it had been a hidden gem completely surrounded by an old Mill building, housing, high rises, and Henry Lord Middle School.

Tunefoolery: Providing Hope, Healing, & Inspiration Through Music Posted on Nov 28

Tunefoolery: Providing Hope, Healing, & Inspiration Through Music

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health “Recovery from life's pain and celebrating its joy is an individual process. As a member of Tunefoolery, I get to share music – which unites us – with people who span   …Continue Reading Tunefoolery: Providing Hope, Healing, & Inspiration Through Music

The flu vaccine – Protection from the flu. Peace of mind for you. Posted on Nov 27

The flu vaccine – Protection from the flu. Peace of mind for you.

 Posted by Donna Lazorik, RN, MS. Donna is the Immunization Coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As a parent, you do everything you can to protect your children. Buckle them up in the car. Watch them   …Continue Reading The flu vaccine – Protection from the flu. Peace of mind for you.

Space Heater and Holiday Safety Tips Posted on Nov 26

Space Heater and Holiday Safety Tips

Posted by: Katie Gorodetsky – WIC's Immunization Coordinator   As the cold weather settles in and the holidays approach, it’s important to remember some safety tips while heating your home this winter and decorating for the holidays. According to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System   …Continue Reading Space Heater and Holiday Safety Tips

Fulfilling Health Careers, Fewer Student Loans: Another MLRP Success Story Posted on Nov 26

Fulfilling Health Careers, Fewer Student Loans: Another MLRP Success Story

 Posted by Anne Barleone (left) and Patty Killoran, interns in the Primary Care Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health This is another in a series of profiles of health care professionals who have benefited from the Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program. The MLRP works   …Continue Reading Fulfilling Health Careers, Fewer Student Loans: Another MLRP Success Story

Weekly Flu Report, November 23, 2012 Posted on Nov 23

Weekly Flu Report, November 23, 2012

 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health This week's flu report (Word, PDF) shows that we are continuing to see low rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts. Nevertheless, getting vaccinated is the single best way to keep yourself and   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 23, 2012

Highlights from the November 21st Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Nov 21

Highlights from the November 21st Public Health Council Meeting

 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Today's Public Health Council was the first to be chaired by Lauren Smith, MD, Interim Commissioner at the Department. The Council took up several issues at the meeting, including two Determination   …Continue Reading Highlights from the November 21st Public Health Council Meeting

Mude para o leite semidesnatado ou desnatado Posted on Nov 21

Mude para o leite semidesnatado ou desnatado

 Posted by Omar Cabrera, Community Health Education Manager at DPH. Um dos vários conselhos saudáveis e importantes dos nutricionistas é mudar do leite integral para o semidesnatado ou desnatado. Os especialistas em nutrição apontam que a única coisa "integral" do leite integral são as calorias,   …Continue Reading Mude para o leite semidesnatado ou desnatado

Asthma Among Young Children in Massachusetts Posted on Nov 20

Asthma Among Young Children in Massachusetts

Posted by Erica Marshall, MPH Erica is the READY Study Coordinator for the Asthma Prevention and Control Program     For the Commonwealth’s youngest residents, the burden of asthma is great.  Although asthma impacts people of all ages, children ages 0 – 4 have the   …Continue Reading Asthma Among Young Children in Massachusetts