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When Offering Support, Keep Self-Care in Mind

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When a friend or loved one is suicidal, self-care often becomes an afterthought. In that moment of crisis, priorities change, focus shifts, and everything becomes about doing anything and everything possible to get that person the help they need. This shifting of focus and priorities   …Continue Reading When Offering Support, Keep Self-Care in Mind


Weekly Flu Report, January 20, 2017

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The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days. We’ve seen these rates head up and down over the past few weeks, which is an indication of how unpredictable flu can be. Here in New England, most flu   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 20, 2017


Folic Acid for the Future!

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We all know the common New Year’s resolutions this time of year: losing weight, getting more organized and catching up on sleep are at the top of many people’s lists!  But chances are, many women, in particular, are overlooking an important addition to their list:   …Continue Reading Folic Acid for the Future!


Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017

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The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017


Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting

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The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical   …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting


Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!

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It’s January.  And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start   …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!


It’s Gloves Off When Operating Certain Machinery

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For most people, wearing gloves is second nature as a way to protect your hands. But there’s an exception to every rule – and if you work with machinery that has rotating or moving parts that you could touch, wearing gloves while using this machinery   …Continue Reading It’s Gloves Off When Operating Certain Machinery


Weekly Flu Report, January 6, 2017

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The latest weekly flu report shows a slight increase in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts in the past 7 days. Flu season in Massachusetts doesn’t tend to peak until February or even March, so there is still time to get a flu shot if you haven’t   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 6, 2017


Weekly Flu Report, December 30, 2016

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The last weekly flu report of 2016 shows that rates of flu-like illness have risen over the past seven days. This is typical for how flu season tends to happen in New England, where we usually see peak flu rates in February or even March. That   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 30, 2016


HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention!

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Imagine if you could protect your child against cancer. Turns out, you can – with the HPV vaccine.  To highlight this, the American Cancer Society recently released a video series of HPV-related cancer survivors sharing their stories. These individuals serve as a powerful reminder of   …Continue Reading HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention!