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Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer Posted on Jul 13

Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. Radon is created when naturally occurring elements such as uranium and radium in rocks and soil break down during a process called radioactive decay. Once radon is emitted, it migrates upwards to the ground surface through   …Continue Reading Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer

Highlights of the July 12th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jul 12

This month’s meeting of the PHC featured an implementation update related to a current Determination of Need project, a vote on final regulations, and an informational presentation from DPH staff for Council members. First, the Council received an implementation update from Boston Children’s Hospital on   …Continue Reading Highlights of the July 12th Public Health Council Meeting

Keeping Cool and Staying Healthy During Extreme Heat Posted on Jul 12

Keeping Cool and Staying Healthy During Extreme Heat

Temperatures this week in Massachusetts have been relatively normal for this time of year. Even so, we know that most summers in New England will bring about at least some extremely hot days. In fact, extreme heat events are one of the most common causes   …Continue Reading Keeping Cool and Staying Healthy During Extreme Heat

Asthma Is On the Rise Posted on Jul 11

Asthma Is On the Rise

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs and makes breathing difficult. In the United States, about 25 million people live with asthma; that’s about one out of every 12 people.    Asthma affects people of all genders, races and ages and can develop at any   …Continue Reading Asthma Is On the Rise

Children’s Environmental Health: Children Are Not Little Adults Posted on Jul 10

Children’s Environmental Health: Children Are Not Little Adults

Children are not little adults. When it comes to environmental contaminants, you can’t compare (little) apples to (big) apples. Compared to adults, children face greater health risks from environmental exposures. Here’s why: Children breathe more air, eat more food, and drink more water per pound   …Continue Reading Children’s Environmental Health: Children Are Not Little Adults

Asbestos: An Old Health Hazard Still With Us Today Posted on Jun 20

Asbestos: An Old Health Hazard Still With Us Today

Think back to when you were in school – do you remember seeing pipes that looked like they were covered in white paper mache and those colorful floor tiles?  There is a good chance that those pipe coverings and floor tiles contained asbestos. Asbestos is   …Continue Reading Asbestos: An Old Health Hazard Still With Us Today

Highlights of the June 14th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jun 14

This month’s PHC meeting included a single Determination of Need (DON) request, a series of updates on the status of proposed amendments to regulations, a vote on a final amendment, and an informational update for members on tickborne illness surveillance in Massachusetts. First, the Council   …Continue Reading Highlights of the June 14th Public Health Council Meeting

Weekly Flu Report, May 26, 2017 Posted on May 26

Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. This week’s document marks the final Weekly Flu Report from DPH for the 2016-2017 flu season. Have a terrific summer and see you back here this autumn!

EMS Strong: Always in Service Posted on May 22

EMS Strong: Always in Service

National Emergency Medical Services Week (EMS Week) recognizes the dedication of EMS professionals across the United States who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line” to keep their communities safe and healthy. This year, we honor these brave men and women from May   …Continue Reading EMS Strong: Always in Service

Weekly Flu Report, May 19, 2017 Posted on May 19

Rates of flu-like illness ticked slightly upwards in the past seven days, as compared to the previous week, according to the latest weekly flu report. You can view the report here.