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Highlights of the August 9th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Aug 9

The August monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured an amended Determination of Need (DoN) request and a pair of votes on final amendments to regulations. First, the Council took up an application from North Shore Medical Center for a significant amendment to an   …Continue Reading Highlights of the August 9th Public Health Council Meeting

Pregnant? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself & Your Baby Posted on Aug 7

Vaccines are an important component of a healthy pregnancy and there are a few things to you need to know to protect yourself and your baby from vaccine-preventable diseases. Women should be up to date on their vaccines before becoming pregnant, and should receive vaccines   …Continue Reading Pregnant? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself & Your Baby

Improve Your Mood – Stay Hydrated! Posted on Aug 1

Improve Your Mood - Stay Hydrated!

Our bodies are made up of mostly water, so when our water supply gets too low, the effects can be far reaching. Dehydration upsets the body’s natural balance and can affect our physical, mental, and emotional health. Did you know that being dehydrated can affect   …Continue Reading Improve Your Mood – Stay Hydrated!

Vaccinating on Time is Important for Disease Protection Posted on Jul 31

Vaccinating on Time is Important for Disease Protection

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that children need vaccines right from the start. August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. The purpose of NIAM is to celebrate the benefits of   …Continue Reading Vaccinating on Time is Important for Disease Protection

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