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Weekly Flu Report, December 2, 2016 Posted on Dec 2

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness rose slightly in the past seven days in Massachusetts. Still, it’s safe to say that flu season has yet to really kick in – which means there is still time to protect yourself and your family   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 2, 2016

Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides Posted on Nov 28

Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides

Do you or someone you love use the services of a home care aide?  Nearly 50,000 people—mostly women—work in this growing occupation in Massachusetts.  You may be surprised to learn that recent data show that home care aides are twice as likely to have asthma   …Continue Reading Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides

Weekly Flu Report, November 25, 2016 Posted on Nov 25

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness continue to be low in Massachusetts. There is still time to get protected against the flu this season by getting a flu shot. You can find flu vaccination opportunities by calling your health care provider,   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 25, 2016

Weekly Flu Report, November 18, 2016 Posted on Nov 18

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness continue to be low in Massachusetts. There is still time to get protected against the flu this season by getting a flu shot. You can find flu vaccination opportunities by calling your health care provider, your   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 18, 2016

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word Posted on Nov 15

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word

The latest data show that women in Massachusetts are much less likely to obtain oral health care during pregnancy than before pregnancy. That’s a trend that the Department and our partners in the provider community are working to reverse. Earlier this year DPH released the   …Continue Reading Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word

Highlights of the November 9th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Nov 9

The Public Health Council heard a series of informational updates on the status of proposed amendments to regulations at this month’s meeting. Updates to proposed amendments included: 105 CMR 141.000 – Licensure of Hospice Programs 105 CMR 153.000 – Licensure Procedure and Suitability Requirements for Long-Term Care   …Continue Reading Highlights of the November 9th Public Health Council Meeting

Weekly Flu Report, November 4, 2016 Posted on Nov 4

The latest weekly flu report indicates that we continue to see minimal rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts. We can expect this to change at some point, so now’s the time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so already. Call your health care provider,   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 4, 2016

Rebalancing for High-Value, Accessible Health Care Posted on Nov 2

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently proposed a revision of DPH’s Determination of Need (DoN) regulations.  At the highest level, this proposed revision represents a paradigm shift to a streamlined and retooled process that puts public health at its core. In support of this goal,   …Continue Reading Rebalancing for High-Value, Accessible Health Care

Weekly Flu Report, October 28, 2016 Posted on Oct 28

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness continue to be minimal across Massachusetts – but that will change at some point. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, there is plenty of flu vaccine available and you can find yours by   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 28, 2016

Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives — Know Your Options Posted on Oct 26

Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives — Know Your Options

When colon cancer is caught early, it can be cured 90% of the time, yet a quarter of Massachusetts residents have never been screened or are not up-to-date with screening. The only way to catch colon cancer early is to get screened, and you have   …Continue Reading Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives — Know Your Options