Winchester Star: Health

  • 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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  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Don’t play politics with the health of our nation
    Tuesday - 07/25/2017 - 06:47 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

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Sturge-Weber syndrome
    Tuesday - 07/18/2017 - 02:47 PM

    Q: My friend’s baby was just diagnosed with Sturge-Weber syndrome. What is this?A: Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) is a rare congenital disease, affecting about 1 in 20,000 to 50,000 babies. It occurs sporadically due to a spontaneous mutation of the GNAQ gene of chromosome 9q21, so it is not a condition that runs in families.Almost all patients with SWS have a port wine stain birthmark (a large deep red birthmark) on their face; in a small [...]

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  • Rep. Michael Day testifies to support health bill
    Thursday - 07/13/2017 - 07:27 PM

    State Rep. Michael S. Day testified before the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on July 11 in the Statehouse in support of his bill H.1148, An Act relative to treatment of epilepsy and seizure disorders.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Retina hole
    Tuesday - 07/11/2017 - 06:44 PM

    Q: After my yearly eye exam my doctor told me I had a hole in my retina. How did I get this?A: Light enters the eye, is focused by the lens, then travels through a clear gel-like substance (the vitreous humor which fills the eye and maintains its shape) to land on the light-sensitive retina (the “screen” in the back of the eye).More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Meningitis
    Tuesday - 07/04/2017 - 11:02 AM

    Q: I thought no one in the U.S. got meningitis anymore, so why did my daughter’s pediatrician recommend the meningitis vaccination before she goes to college? A: The meninges are the membranes that cover the brain and the spinal cord; inflammation of these is called meningitis.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester residents to ride in Pan-Mass Challenge
    Friday - 06/30/2017 - 04:35 PM

    On Aug. 5-6, 48 riders from Winchester will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge with the goal of raising $48 million for research and cancer care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.During PMC weekend, more than 6,200 cyclists from more than 40 states and eight countries will return to Massachusetts to participate in the PMC, choosing from 12 routes of varying mileage that run through 46 towns.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • PHYSICIAN FOCUS: Heads up on concussion
    Tuesday - 06/27/2017 - 11:42 AM

    “Should I be worried about a concussion?” As a pediatric emergency physician, I hear this question frequently. Maybe your child fell on the playground, knocked her head, garbled her words for a few minutes, and now seems OK.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Reproductive expert may help infertile couple
    Wednesday - 08/09/2017 - 01:11 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

  • SENIOR Q&A: The decision to be resuscitated
    Tuesday - 08/08/2017 - 04:49 PM

    Q: My father and I had spoken many times when he was healthier and younger. Now that he is in his 90’s and has multiple medical problems every time he is hospitalized I need to defend my father’s decision to be resuscitated, my father wants the doctors to start CPR and understands he could be placed on a machine to breath.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • OVER THE COUNTER: Age places no limit on working out well
    Tuesday - 07/25/2017 - 03:42 PM

    If summertime has spurred you into working out again – or if you’ve already been regularly exercising but feel you’ve hit a plateau – we’ve got some good news and some bad news.First, the bad news.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Health officials urge vigilance on ticks
    Monday - 07/24/2017 - 04:00 PM

    THE ISSUE: Ticks can transmit several diseases, including Lyme disease and Powassan virus to humans.THE IMPACT: There were more than 4,500 reported cases of Lyme disease in Massachusetts in 2016, and some are bracing for a potential uptick this year.

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  • Winchester Hospital appoints new CEO
    Thursday - 07/13/2017 - 07:04 PM

    Lahey Health announced that Dr. Rick Weiner will assume the role of CEO of Winchester Hospital, effective Oct. 1. He will also serve as chief medical officer for the hospital.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Looking at the quality of facilities
    Tuesday - 07/11/2017 - 06:20 PM

    Q: How do I know if my relative is in the best nursing home? My mother went from the hospital to a rehab setting. I did not have a choice in facilities because there were not too many openings.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester Salter HealthCare benefits cancer patients
    Friday - 07/07/2017 - 01:33 PM

    Over 60 Salter HealthCare team members attended Lahey Health’s 12th annual 5K Cancer Walk & Run held June 24 at Burlington High School, adding to the more than 1,000 cancer survivors, clinicians, family members and friends who walked or ran to benefit patients who receive cancer care at a Lahey Health hospital.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Meningitis
    Tuesday - 07/04/2017 - 12:47 PM

    Q: I thought no one in the U.S. got meningitis anymore, so why did my daughter’s pediatrician recommend the meningitis vaccination before she goes to college? A: The meninges are the membranes that cover the brain and the spinal cord; inflammation of these is called meningitis.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? CBD (Cannabidiol)
    Tuesday - 06/27/2017 - 05:43 PM

    Q: I heard there was a medication from marijuana that does not make people high, but can help in certain diseases. Is this true?A: There is a substance called cannabidiol (CBD), and I think this is what you may be referring to.For thousands of years the medical benefits of certain herbs, spices and other plants have been explored.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Bill targets consent for psychotropic drugs
    Friday - 06/23/2017 - 04:49 PM

    THE ISSUE: Some patient advocates say current informed written consent regulations for prescribing psychotropic drugs don't go far enough.THE DETAILS: A House bill would require that consent forms also list alternative treatments, a plan for stopping medication and a review to monitor side effects.

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  • 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

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Sturge-Weber syndrome
    Tuesday - 07/18/2017 - 12:23 PM

    Q: My friend’s baby was just diagnosed with Sturge-Weber syndrome. What is this?A: Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) is a rare congenital disease, affecting about 1 in 20,000 to 50,000 babies. It occurs sporadically due to a spontaneous mutation of the GNAQ gene of chromosome 9q21, so it is not a condition that runs in families.Almost all patients with SWS have a port wine stain birthmark (a large deep red birthmark) on their face; in a small [...]

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  • FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Double-jointed: What does it mean?
    Tuesday - 07/18/2017 - 12:35 PM

    Can your thumb touch your wrist? Do your elbows bend backward when you raise your hand in the classroom? Do your knees bend backward when you’re waiting in line for a coffee?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester Hospital named ‘most wired’ hospital
    Tuesday - 07/11/2017 - 06:24 PM

    Lahey Health and its affiliated hospitals, including Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Winchester Hospital and Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals, were named among the nation’s most wired hospitals in the 19th annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released July 10 by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • State budget proposes $250K for Middlesex restoration center
    Monday - 07/10/2017 - 06:35 PM

    State Sen. Barbara L’Italien, D-Andover, and Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian announced the Legislature has appropriated $250,000 in the fiscal year 2018 budget for the first year of a pilot program to establish a restoration center in Middlesex County.Sen.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Research limited on substances derived from marijuana
    Monday - 07/03/2017 - 07:03 PM

    Q: I heard there was a medication from marijuana that does not make people high, but can help in certain diseases. Is this true?A: There is a substance called cannabidiol (CBD), and I think this is what you may be referring to.For thousands of years the medical benefits of certain herbs, spices and other plants have been explored.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • OVER THE COUNTER: Don’t let ticks take the fun out of summer
    Tuesday - 06/27/2017 - 05:27 PM

    There is something enchanting about New England summers – the occasional teasing winds, the stunning sunsets, and the sheer mystery of the weather that can be sweltering one day and spring-like the next.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • 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