Winchester Star: Health

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Night terrors can be scary for kids, parents
    Wednesday - 12/13/2017 - 06:13 PM

    Q: We heard my 4-year-old daughter screaming about an hour and a half after she went to sleep. When we got to her room she was sitting up in bed just staring at the wall.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Night (sleep) terrors
    Tuesday - 12/12/2017 - 09:28 AM

    Q: We heard my 4-year-old daughter screaming about an hour and a half after she went to sleep. When we got to her room she was sitting up in bed just staring at the wall.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Retinoblastoma
    Tuesday - 12/05/2017 - 10:55 AM

    Q: I heard a baby was diagnosed with cancer in her eye just from a photo on Facebook. Is this real?A: Light enters the eye through the cornea, the clear part of the eye in front of the pupil (the black part of the eye which has muscles that allow it to enlarge to let more light in or shrink in bright conditions) and iris (the colored part of the eye), is then focused by the lens, travels through the vitreous humor (a clear gel-like substance which fills the eye and maintains its [...]

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  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Osteosarcoma
    Tuesday - 11/28/2017 - 12:11 PM

    Q: My friend is only 16 but he was just diagnosed with cancer in his leg bone. Is this common?A: There are many cancers that can metastasize to the bones (so these are not primary bone cancers), but there are also some primary bone cancers that arise directly from cancerous bone cells.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Training muscles not joints
    Tuesday - 11/21/2017 - 11:33 AM

    Fitness, exercise and sports participation trends are always changing. Fitness and sports activities across a wide variety of intensities from chair-based exercises to extreme sports such as triathlons and marathons.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Open enrollment for supplemental health plans
    Tuesday - 11/14/2017 - 11:31 AM

    Q: Can you please remind when is open enrollment to change supplemental health plans (Medigap plan) or to switch to an advantage plan? I am over 65 years of age and every year I like to review my current plan and compare it to other plans.A: Open enrollment started on Oct.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester police participating in ‘No-Shave November’
    Monday - 11/06/2017 - 01:00 PM

    Chief Peter MacDonnell announced that members of the Winchester Police Department are again growing out their facial hair in support of “No-Shave November.”Throughout the month of November, Winchester police officers will grow beards and goatees in exchange for donating to Home Base, a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital that works to help service members, veterans and their families heal from invisible wounds — like [...]

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  • OVER THE COUNTER: Putting wintertime depression on ice
    Tuesday - 10/24/2017 - 05:59 PM

    For most of us, the first falling leaves and gusts of cool air portend a future of snow shoveling, ice scraping, and, if we’re lucky and so inclined, some skiing.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Best Years Expo offers info, fun for Boomers
    Monday - 10/16/2017 - 04:47 PM

    Among many other offerings, meet singer Don McLean and actor Barry Williams at Gillette Stadium Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Poisonwood
    Tuesday - 10/03/2017 - 08:52 AM

    Q: Is there a plant on the Florida Keys stronger than poison ivy?A: Toxicodendron dermatitis (TD) is the fancy name for the allergic reaction from exposure to certain plants, including all the types of poison ivy, oak and sumac, as well as the closely related poisonwood.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Parents at home during a snowstorm
    Tuesday - 12/12/2017 - 11:31 AM

    Q: I am worried about my mother being home alone during a snowstorm and not being able to get to her. She could lose her power during the night and knowing my mother she would not call me.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Photo clue to eye disease
    Wednesday - 12/06/2017 - 06:17 PM

    Q: I heard a baby was diagnosed with cancer in her eye just from a photo on Facebook. Is this real?A: Light enters the eye through the cornea, the clear part of the eye in front of the pupil (the black part of the eye which has muscles that allow it to enlarge to let more light in or shrink in bright conditions) and iris (the colored part of the eye), is then focused by the lens, travels through the vitreous humor (a clear gel-like substance which fills the eye and maintains its [...]

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  • OVER THE COUNTER: The skinny on supplements — to take or not to take
    Tuesday - 11/28/2017 - 11:41 AM

    We’ve all been there. We hear a celebrity or athlete takes a certain vitamin or nutritional product and we ask, “Should I be taking this supplement, too?”The question, however, should be: “Should I be taking any supplement?”The answer is complicated, but you can get a good perspective on the topic by considering the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”Of course, no one believes apples can fend off illness, [...]

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  • ‘Community Conversations’ to be offered in Winchester
    Monday - 11/27/2017 - 06:15 PM

    Continuing his “Community Conversations” issue discussions, Sen. Jason Lewis will hold conversation on challenges in local communities pertaining to mental health and wellness. Held in every community of the district, “Community Conversations” are issue discussions delving into a different topic at each forum, with opportunity for residents to share feedback and have their questions answered by experts on the given topic.This upcoming event, [...]

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  • 100 Students get Meningococcal vaccine at UMass Amherst
    Thursday - 11/16/2017 - 11:31 AM

    Two University of Massachusetts Amherst students hospitalized to treat a potentially deadly meningococcal disease have a strain of the illness students are generally not vaccinated for."We have received confirmation that the diagnosis for the second student is Serogroup B.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Community-Acquired Pneumonia
    Wednesday - 11/08/2017 - 04:19 PM

    Q: My mom is pretty independent and lives alone, but somehow she developed pneumonia. Why does this happen?A: Pneumonia is an infection (or less commonly an inflammation) of the lungs that causes symptoms such as fever, chills, chest pain, cough, malaise and/or shortness of breath, although nausea/vomiting, mental status changes and many other symptoms are possible as well.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • FLEXIBLE FITNESS: No falls this fall
    Wednesday - 10/25/2017 - 12:17 PM

    The CDC estimates in 2014 there were 29 million older Americans that suffered a fall. Of these, 7 million resulted in injuries. The medical costs associated with providing the necessary medical care after injurious falls is rising as our population ages.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Political decision impacts
    Tuesday - 10/24/2017 - 05:39 PM

    Q: Does it seem like there have lately been a bunch of political decisions that have weakened health care for the poor?A: There have been several political actions recently taken that may have strong negative implications for access to quality health care, specifically for the middle class and the poor.The first one that jumps out is congress’s failure to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Caring for relatives beyond parents
    Tuesday - 10/10/2017 - 03:35 PM

    Q: I am responsible for my father and his brother and wife. My aunt and uncle did not have any children. I find it more difficult managing my aunt and uncle than my father.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Student health survey results 'sobering,' Winchester officials say
    Tuesday - 10/03/2017 - 10:31 AM

    School officials say they are worried by the results of a survey of Winchester High School and McCall Middle School students, performed in the spring of 2017.The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) monitors student behavior such as self-harm and substance abuse, and possible factors causing those behaviors, through anonymous questionnaires given electronically to all middle and high school students.The 2017 YRBS survey showed WHS students reported higher rates of sadness, [...]

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  • SENIOR Q&A: Be prepared for winter storms
    Wednesday - 12/13/2017 - 06:20 PM

    Q: I am worried about my mother being home alone during a snowstorm and not being able to get to her. She could lose her power during the night and knowing my mother she would not call me.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Photo clue to eye disease
    Wednesday - 12/06/2017 - 08:47 PM

    Q: I heard a baby was diagnosed with cancer in her eye just from a photo on Facebook. Is this real?A: Light enters the eye through the cornea, the clear part of the eye in front of the pupil (the black part of the eye which has muscles that allow it to enlarge to let more light in or shrink in bright conditions) and iris (the colored part of the eye), is then focused by the lens, travels through the vitreous humor (a clear gel-like substance which fills the eye and maintains its [...]

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  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Osteosarcoma is a primary bone cancer
    Wednesday - 11/29/2017 - 07:19 PM

    Q: My friend is only 16 but he was just diagnosed with cancer in his leg bone. Is this common?A: There are many cancers that can metastasize to the bones (so these are not primary bone cancers), but there are also some primary bone cancers that arise directly from cancerous bone cells.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Sen. Jason Lewis supports health care bill
    Monday - 11/27/2017 - 07:02 PM

    The Massachusetts Senate passed sweeping health care reform legislation S. 2022, An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care. The HEALTH Act, which passed by a vote of 33-6, focuses on both short and long terms goals regarding how to strengthen the health care system by lowering costs, improving outcomes and expanding access.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? DiGeorge syndrome
    Tuesday - 11/21/2017 - 11:48 AM

    Q: What is DiGeorge syndrome?A: DiGeorge syndrome (DGS) is a genetic disorder caused by the deletion of some of the genes on chromosome 22. There is a lot of variability in how patients are affected by this syndrome, with the manifestations in an individual person depending on exactly which genes are deleted.DGS affects about one in every 5,000 babies.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Community-Acquired Pneumonia
    Wednesday - 11/08/2017 - 06:47 PM

    Q: My mom is pretty independent and lives alone, but somehow she developed pneumonia. Why does this happen?A: Pneumonia is an infection (or less commonly an inflammation) of the lungs that causes symptoms such as fever, chills, chest pain, cough, malaise and/or shortness of breath, although nausea/vomiting, mental status changes and many other symptoms are possible as well.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Williams syndrome
    Tuesday - 10/31/2017 - 11:43 AM

    Q: Is there really a condition that makes kids be born looking like elves?A: There is a congenital syndrome called Williams-Beuren Syndrome (WBS, sometimes just called Williams syndrome) that manifests with facial features of a broad forehead, a small upturned nose, full lips with a long upper lip, a small chin, a ‘starburst’ pattern in the colored parts of their eyes (more pronounced in blue or green-eyed patients) and full cheeks, as well as an outgoing, sociable [...]

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  • Best Years Expo offers info, fun for Boomers
    Monday - 10/16/2017 - 04:34 PM

    Among many other offerings, meet singer Don McLean and actor Barry Williams at Gillette Stadium Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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  • Recreational pot shop ban headed to Winchester Town Meeting
    Thursday - 10/12/2017 - 05:29 AM

    Despite projected state tax revenues reaching approximately $90 million in 2018 alone, town officials in Winchester say the ban on recreational marijuana shops is likely still to come.Last November, Massachusetts voters legalized the use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21, with legal pot sales expected to begin in July 2018.Winchester residents voted against legalizing marijuana by a wide margin — 7,107 to 5,312.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Flu clinics to be offered in Winchester
    Monday - 10/02/2017 - 04:17 PM

    The Winchester Board of Health, in cooperation with the Jenks Center, will sponsor flu clinics in October and November. This year four clinics will be held in the Cummings Room at the Jenks Senior Center, 109 Skillings Road, Winchester.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share