Winchester Star: Health

  • FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Osteoarthritis and running
    Tuesday - 06/20/2017 - 06:41 PM

    Summer is finally here which means it’s time to dust off your sneakers and get outdoors! If you feeling apprehensive about starting a new exercise program I have good news.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Siblings providing care
    Tuesday - 06/13/2017 - 08:47 PM

    Q: I have five siblings; some live locally and others out of state. We are taking turns caring for our mother. One of the biggest challenges is keeping everyone in the loop all of the time.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Low-income children face summer meals gap
    Friday - 06/09/2017 - 05:49 PM

    While nearly 300,000 Massachusetts students get free or reduced-price lunches at school, it’s often a challenge to reach them during the summer."Low-income children are really at risk for hunger and malnutrition during the summer months," said Jordan Smith, community relations coordinator for Project Bread’s Child Nutrition Outreach Team.Last year, federally funded free summer meals programs provided an average of 53,000 lunches per day to children statewide.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Medical care shortage
    Tuesday - 06/06/2017 - 10:47 AM

    Q: I read that pretty soon there may not be enough doctors. Is this true?A: The number of people over age 65 in the United States is growing rapidly, from 46 million in 2014 to a projected 70 million by 2030.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Treacher Collins syndrome
    Tuesday - 05/23/2017 - 10:14 AM

    Q: My neighbor just had the most adorable baby, and she was diagnosed with Treacher Collins syndrome. What is that?A: Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS) is a genetic disorder that affects about one in every 25,000 to 50,000 births in the United States.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester Studio on Common hosts cancer research fundraiser
    Monday - 05/22/2017 - 03:49 PM

    Winchester’s Studio on the Common hosted a promotion on May 12 for Relay for Life, an organization that raises funds to support cancer research, critical patient care services, education and prevention initiatives.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Fentanyl continues to fuel OD deaths in Massachusetts
    Friday - 05/19/2017 - 05:00 PM

    THE ISSUE: Increasingly fueled by the drug fentanyl, the rate of fatal opioid overdoses continues to increase in Massachusetts.THE IMPACT: Statewide, there were 1,933 confirmed opioid-related deaths in 2016, an average of more than five each day.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Precision medicine
    Tuesday - 05/16/2017 - 05:30 PM

    Q: What is precision medicine?A: It is great news that improvements in the treatment for ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia) have increased the five-year (or longer) survival rate for children (birth to 19 years old) from 80 percent in 1990 to over 90 percent now.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Hospital stays, seeking Dementia Special Care Unit
    Tuesday - 05/09/2017 - 07:48 PM

    Q: My mother is going into the hospital for minor surgery. What do I need to know to help my mother and be her advocate? It is expected that she will spend a few nights in the hospital before she can return home.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Tetanus
    Wednesday - 05/03/2017 - 01:04 PM

    Q: I thought there was no tetanus anymore in the United States, so why do I need a tetanus shot?A: Tetanus is not passed from person to person. It is caused by a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium tetani, which lives in the gut of many animals and so can exist in soil/dust pretty much anywhere.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Siblings providing care
    Tuesday - 06/13/2017 - 05:47 PM

    Q: I have five siblings; some live locally and others out of state. We are taking turns caring for our mother. One of the biggest challenges is keeping everyone in the loop all of the time.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Hereditary spherocytosis
    Tuesday - 06/13/2017 - 05:53 PM

    Q: My neighbor's baby was born with round blood cells that break easily. What is this condition? A: It sounds like you are describing hereditary spherocytosis (HS). This is an inherited condition where one of several genetic defects (at least five genes have been identified) cause the red blood cells (RBC’s, they carry oxygen to the body’s cells) to have a defect in one or more protein in their cell membrane that causes them to [...]

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • WICKED LOCAL U: HEALTH — Help for a healthier, happier you
    Tuesday - 06/06/2017 - 03:05 PM

    The catchphrase "It’s better to look good than to feel good" — made famous by Billy Crystal on "Saturday Night Live" — was meant to get laughs.In reality, of course, it is probably best to try to do both.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Biliary atresia
    Tuesday - 05/30/2017 - 07:44 PM

    Q: My neighbor’s baby developed jaundice and they say it was because the ducts in her liver did not form properly. What is this from?A: Bile is a digestive fluid made by the liver cells.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Treacher Collins syndrome
    Tuesday - 05/23/2017 - 10:47 AM

    Q: My neighbor just had the most adorable baby, and she was diagnosed with Treacher Collins syndrome. What is that?A: Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS) is a genetic disorder that affects about one in every 25,000 to 50,000 births in the United States.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester nurses recognized during National Nurses Week
    Monday - 05/22/2017 - 02:48 PM

    Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, celebrated National Nurses Week from May 6 to 12 by honoring its nurses, many of whom are board certified in hospice and palliative care.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WICKED LOCAL U: HEALTH — Help for a healthier, happier you
    Tuesday - 05/16/2017 - 04:09 PM

    The catchphrase “It’s better to look good than to feel good” — made famous by Billy Crystal on “Saturday Night Live” — was meant to get laughs.In reality, of course, it is probably best to try to do both.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WICKED LOCAL U: HEALTH — Help for a healthier, happier you
    Tuesday - 05/16/2017 - 04:47 PM

    The catchphrase “It’s better to look good than to feel good” — made famous by Billy Crystal on “Saturday Night Live” — was meant to get laughs.In reality, of course, it is probably best to try to do both.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Tick transmitted diseases
    Tuesday - 05/09/2017 - 08:01 PM

    Q: Is there a new disease you can get from a tick bite?A: There are many different infectious diseases that can be transmitted by a tick bite in the United States (there are also noninfectious conditions, such as tick paralysis which is caused by a tick-produced toxin).More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Strychnine poisoning
    Tuesday - 05/02/2017 - 08:19 PM

    Q: Isn’t there a rat poison that causes tetanus infection?A: No. The medical condition known as tetanus is due to a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium tetani (as discussed in last week’s column), and that requires infection with this bacterium.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Drowning
    Tuesday - 06/20/2017 - 06:49 PM

    Q: Summer is almost here, and I am wondering how big a concern is drowning? A: Drowning is dying due to lack of oxygen from submersion in a liquid. Near-drowning is when the patient is significantly deprived of oxygen due to submersion in liquid, but does not immediately die.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Over-the-counter hearing aids could be coming
    Friday - 06/09/2017 - 04:59 PM

    THE ISSUE: Support is growing for over-the-counter hearing aids.THE IMPACT: An estimated 30 million Americans have hearing loss, but just 14 percent of them have hearing aids.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Medical care shortage
    Tuesday - 06/06/2017 - 11:08 AM

    Q: I read that pretty soon there may not be enough doctors. Is this true?A: The number of people over age 65 in the United States is growing rapidly, from 46 million in 2014 to a projected 70 million by 2030.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Lead paint continues to affect thousands in Massachusetts
    Tuesday - 05/23/2017 - 06:29 PM

    THE ISSUE: Lead paint continues to harm children nearly 40 years after it was banned.THE IMPACT: More than 3,500 Massachusetts children ages 5 and younger tested positive for elevated blood-lead levels.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • OVER THE COUNTER: Honor thy father by remembering health and wellness
    Tuesday - 05/23/2017 - 12:24 PM

    With Father’s Day around the corner, we are focusing this month’s column on how we were influenced and inspired by our respective fathers, while also taking a look at some of the health issues that matter most to men.Gary’s thoughts:My father, Edward, instilled in me the importance of taking care of yourself – through exercise, especially being outdoors, by maintaining a healthful diet as much as possible, by increasing the amount of sleep you get, [...]

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Winchester Studio on Common hosts cancer research fundraiser
    Monday - 05/22/2017 - 06:47 PM

    Winchester’s Studio on the Common hosted a promotion on May 12 for Relay for Life, an organization that raises funds to support cancer research, critical patient care services, education and prevention initiatives.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: When mom goes in for surgery
    Wednesday - 05/17/2017 - 03:54 PM

    Q: My mother is going into the hospital for minor surgery. What do I need to know to help her and be her advocate? It is expected that she will spend a few nights in the hospital before she can return home.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Poisoning, tetanus may have similar symptoms
    Wednesday - 05/10/2017 - 07:03 PM

    Q: Isn’t there a rat poison that causes tetanus infection?A: No. The medical condition known as tetanus is due to a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium tetani (as discussed in last week’s column), and that requires infection with this bacterium.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Hospital stays, seeking Dementia Special Care Unit
    Tuesday - 05/09/2017 - 10:47 PM

    Q: My mother is going into the hospital for minor surgery. What do I need to know to help my mother and be her advocate? It is expected that she will spend a few nights in the hospital before she can return home.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Exercising safely during pregnancy
    Sunday - 04/30/2017 - 09:00 AM

    Participating in an exercise program while pregnant can have many benefits for both the mother and baby, including maintenance of the mother's fitness level and prevention of pregnancy-related pain or other health-related issues.Exercising during pregnancy has been shown to reduce the incidence of pain (commonly low back pain), and has positive effects on mental health, including postpartum depression and other pregnancy-associated conditions such [...]

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share