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Weekly Flu Report, January 30, 2015

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The latest weekly flu report shows another increase in rates of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth, a sign that flu season is in full swing in this part of the country. You can take steps to reduce the spread of flu in our communities through   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 30, 2015


Super Bowl Picnic!

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Our much-beloved New England Patriots are contending for the Super Bowl this Sunday! And the big questions are…who will you watch the game with? What will the best commercial be?  And, let’s face it—what goodies are we going to eat? Back in the days before   …Continue Reading Super Bowl Picnic!


Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015

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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


Weekly Flu Report, January 16, 2015

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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


Tips for Surviving the Winter Blahs

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Winter can be a hard time for many of us. The days are shorter, darkness sets in early, and oh yeah, it’s cold around here! The change in seasons wreaks havoc on many people. Some people feel more tired, sad, or anxious when there are   …Continue Reading Tips for Surviving the Winter Blahs


New Beginnings with Folic Acid!

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As we start the new year off, it’s a chance to think about new beginnings and make resolutions for the coming year. For many of us women, this should include thinking about folic acid in our diets. In honor of National Folic Acid Awareness Week   …Continue Reading New Beginnings with Folic Acid!