Winchester Star: Health

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Hurricane Irma
    Tuesday - 09/12/2017 - 05:35 PM

    She has been playing soccer since she could walk; actually, since she could crawl. After so many years of hours per day of hard work and dedication she finally takes the field as captain of the team for the first game of the season.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Anabolic steroid abuse
    Tuesday - 09/05/2017 - 05:19 PM

    Q: How would I know if my body-building friend is abusing steroids?A: Anabolic steroids are one of several substances abused as a performance-enhancing-drug (PED). The goal of this abuse is to enhance athletic performance and/or improve physical appearance.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • OVER THE COUNTER: Beauty isn't just skin deep: How to protect your skin, hair and nails
    Tuesday - 08/22/2017 - 04:34 PM

    If you’re like us, this is the time of year when you’re daydreaming about the beach, cooking up family barbecues and making the most of the summer’s hot, steamy end.But there’s something else we should all be thinking about as the sun beats down on us, the pools we swim in teem with chlorine, and the locker rooms we change in drip with humidity, and that is the health of our skin, hair and nails.Save for smearing on some sunscreen, we tend to think [...]

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  • Winchester Hospital launches initiative to reduce infant mortality
    Thursday - 08/17/2017 - 09:01 PM

    Winchester Hospital plans on giving new moms who have a baby born at the hospital a Baby Box in an effort to reduce infant mortality rates. The goal of the program is to improve family health care outcomes and provide families with the free and vital resources and educations to ensure a safe to start to babies’ lives.This initiative is in collaboration with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office’s Safe Sleep Initiative.Before receiving a box, parents must [...]

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  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Parkinson’s disease
    Tuesday - 08/15/2017 - 04:10 PM

    Q: Can Parkinson’s disease cause dementia?A: Parkinson’s disease (PD) was first described in 1817 by Dr. James Parkinson who was evaluating patients with a progressive motor system neurological disorder, but as noted below there are many possible non-motor system manifestations of PD and this includes dementia.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Assisted reproductive technology
    Tuesday - 08/08/2017 - 04:48 PM

    Q: My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for over a year, unsuccessfully. Can you give us an idea of what our next steps should be?A: Over 10 percent of reproductive-age couples are unable to conceive even after a year of trying.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester Hospital reports scabies infection
    Friday - 07/28/2017 - 11:38 AM

    Winchester Hospital announced Thursday that a recently admitted patient may have had an active scabies infection at the time of admission.The announcement came in the form of a letter to patients at the hospital, which was shared with the Star by hospital spokesman Dan Marra.Hospital employees who have shown symptoms of possible infection are being treated and will not return to work until risk of contagion has passed, according to the [...]

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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

  • 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

  • OVER THE COUNTER: Making cholesterol your ally, and not your enemy
    Tuesday - 09/26/2017 - 11:42 AM

    If you read the news these days, there seems to be so many things to worry about: terrorism, the spread of rare pathogens, ghastly crimes and the list goes on.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Winter care
    Tuesday - 09/12/2017 - 05:47 PM

    Q: Now that it is fall I am trying to plan ahead for the winter. My mother lives alone and last winter was lonely and difficult for her. I found myself visiting more, worried about her having enough food if there was a blizzard, her stepping on her stoop to get her mail etc.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? This rare cancer affects hormone production
    Wednesday - 08/23/2017 - 07:40 PM

    Q: What is adrenal cortex cancer?A: The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys; the outside of the gland is called the cortex, and the inside the medulla. The adrenal glands produce hormones that help regulate:The stress responses (such as the fight or flight response) with the catecholamines adrenaline (also called epinephrine) and noradrenaline made in the medulla.Blood pressure/blood electrolytes with [...]

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  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Adrenal cortex carcinoma
    Tuesday - 08/22/2017 - 05:02 PM

    Q: What is adrenal cortex cancer?A: The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys; the outside of the gland is called the cortex, and the inside the medulla. The adrenal glands produce hormones that help regulate:The stress responses (such as the fight or flight response) with the catecholamines adrenaline (also called epinephrine) and noradrenaline made in the medulla.Blood pressure/blood electrolytes with mineralocorticoids made in the cortex.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Minuteman Senior Services to offer dementia caregiver workshop
    Thursday - 08/17/2017 - 03:20 PM

    Minuteman Senior Services will offer a workshop for caregivers of persons with dementia from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 17, with the Woburn Council on Aging.Called the Savvy Caregiver Program, this six-week evidence-based workshop acknowledges that taking care of a person living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia-related illness is specialized work.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Concussion update
    Tuesday - 08/15/2017 - 04:17 PM

    With football around the corner, many professionals and youngsters alike have been preparing for their season. Concussion in football has received a lot of media attention however concussions are more than just a football thing.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester residents running to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Monday - 07/31/2017 - 11:56 AM

    On Aug. 20, Winchester residents will run the 45th annual New Balance Falmouth Road Race to help conquer cancer as a member of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s team. Residents include: Margaret Colella, Alexander Dickson, Meaghan McGarry and Emily Trent.Along with more than 300 Dana-Farber teammates from New England and beyond, they will cover the 7-mile race course with a goal to raise more than $850,000 in 2017.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Don’t play politics with the health of our nation
    Tuesday - 07/25/2017 - 03:52 PM

    Our Constitution notes that it is a self-evident truth that we all have “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” I think it is also self-evident that without good health, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness may be severely compromised.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share