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Life Expectancy Is Up in Massachusetts. Here's Why.

Life Expectancy Is Up in Massachusetts. Here’s Why. posted on Dec 27

According to our Massachusetts Deaths 2016 report released this week, the average life expectancy of Massachusetts residents rose to 80 years and 8 months in 2016, an increase in longevity that actually runs counter to national trends showing a decline in how long Americans are   …Continue Reading Life Expectancy Is Up in Massachusetts. Here’s Why.

DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu

DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu posted on Dec 20

Have you had your flu shot yet?  Nearly half of those who should get vaccinated don’t get their flu shots, leading to thousands of hospitalizations every year. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the New England Revolution to remind you that while soccer season may   …Continue Reading DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu

Use the Right Tool for the Job

Use the Right Tool for the Job posted on Nov 13

Just as a hammer is the wrong tool to shovel snow, an antibiotic is the wrong “tool” to treat infections caused by viruses, including colds and flu. Antibiotics only fight infections caused by bacteria. Like all medications they can be harmful and should only be   …Continue Reading Use the Right Tool for the Job