One out of every 33 infants in the United States is born with a birth defect. And although birth defects are less common than other adverse birth outcomes such as low birth weight or prematurity, they are still the leading cause of death in the …Continue Reading Working to Understand the Causes of Birth Defects
One of the most significant and trying times in the life of any family is the decision to enter a loved one into a nursing home. Yet this is a situation which so many of our families face as time goes on. As you or …Continue Reading A Helpful Resource for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families
Fall is just around the corner, and with it the beginning of a new school year – and the start of another sports season for our student athletes. Now’s a good time to take a few moments to provide an update on our efforts to …Continue Reading Promoting Safe Athletics for Our Student Athletes
Here in Massachusetts we’re no strangers to emergencies – just in the past few years we’ve experienced everything from flooding and blizzards to hazardous materials incidents and water supply disruptions. Through it all, one thing we know for certain is that individuals, families and communities …Continue Reading Together We’re Ready: Massachusetts Prepared
In Massachusetts and across the country, communities are working hard together to reduce smoking rates and the real impacts of smoking-related illness and death on both our families and our health care system. This is a fight being waged on many fronts, and today, I’d …Continue Reading Another Tool in the Fight Against Tobacco Use
Ensuring the safety of our food supply is one of the key responsibilities of public health authorities at both the state and local levels all across the United States. With the recent news reports on an outbreak of foodborne illness in the Boston area, I …Continue Reading Healthy Foods, Safe Foods: Working to Protect the Commonwealth’s Food Supply
As the temperatures of the past few days have shown us, summer is definitely in full swing here in Massachusetts! Now’s the time to get out and enjoy – but also to keep in mind just a few simple steps to ensure this is a …Continue Reading Summer’s Here, and the Time Is Right – for Safety!
Any diagnosis of cancer is devastating, but with most cancers, the earlier you catch it, the better your chances are of beating it. That’s why taking advantage of cancer screening tests is so important; in some cases getting screened can even help you stop cancer …Continue Reading One Simple Conversation That Can Save a Life
As public officials and health care stakeholders across the United States worry about the health care system and its escalating costs, Massachusetts is working to find ways to prevent those costs from occurring in the first place. With the establishment of the Prevention and Wellness …Continue Reading The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: Working to Control Health Care Costs in MA
The warm temperatures are finally here in Massachusetts, and of course our thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors with friends and family. As we head out the door, though, it’s important to remember to take steps to protect ourselves from ticks and mosquito bites. …Continue Reading Mosquitoes and Ticks – They’re Out in Mass!