Vaccination rates in Mass. among highest in U.S.

Vaccination rates in Mass. among highest in U.S.

When it comes to vaccinating children against preventable diseases, Massachusetts is a national leader, but immunization rates in specific communities may vary sharply.

“I think we in our state have a strong provider network, and the vast majority of children … Read Full Story

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Tips to building a better – healthier – breakfast

Tips to building a better – healthier – breakfast

FALL RIVER — It’s OK to say yes to eggs. But bacon? Sausage? Ham?
How about waffles, Pop-Tarts and hash browns?
Breakfast comes in many forms. And many are bad for you. Sorry. That’s straight from a dietician.
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UN: Zika remains global emergency, virus still spreading

UN: Zika remains global emergency, virus still spreading

GENEVA (AP) – The World Health Organization says the outbreak of Zika remains an international health emergency and noted the virus is continuing to infect new countries.

The U.N. health agency convened its expert committee this week to assess the … Read Full Story

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FDA advises Zika screening for all US blood centers

FDA advises Zika screening for all US blood centers

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood centers to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation’s blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus.

The new advisory means all U.S. states and … Read Full Story

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For Fall River nurse, understanding cultural backgrounds key to patient care

For Fall River nurse, understanding cultural backgrounds key to patient care

FALL RIVER — James Hodson lined up a small pin over a map of Central America and pushed it firmly into Costa Rica.
Loads of little pins were scattered, and sometimes clustered, in maps of 43 countries in Hodson’s office … Read Full Story

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Rhode Island receives $200k to detect Zika birth defects

Rhode Island receives $200k to detect Zika birth defects

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island will receive $200,000 in federal funding to enhance its efforts to detect microcephaly and other birth defects caused by the Zika virus.

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation announced the grant from the Centers for Disease … Read Full Story

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Study points way to finding genes affecting depression risk

Study points way to finding genes affecting depression risk

NEW YORK (AP) – In a key advance for the study of depression, a comprehensive scan of human DNA has turned up the apparent hiding places of more than a dozen genes linked to the disorder.

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Brazilian scientists ID common mosquito as a Zika source

Brazilian scientists ID common mosquito as a Zika source

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazilian researchers said Thursday that they have found that another species of mosquito is able to transmit the Zika virus to humans.

Fiocruz institute said that additional studies will be needed to determine what role … Read Full Story

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Experts only beginning to grasp the damage from Zika virus

Experts only beginning to grasp the damage from Zika virus

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Even though the explosive spread of the Zika virus has been met with a new level of international response, thanks to lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, experts warn they are only beginning to grasp the … Read Full Story

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Limited concern for Zika virus in the state of Massachusetts

Limited concern for Zika virus in the state of Massachusetts

With recent reports of the Zika virus’s spread to the continental United States and findings that sexual transmission is more common than experts initially thought, a new wave of anxiety has washed over the landscape.
While acknowledging the virus as … Read Full Story

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Report: Massachusetts ranks first for senior health

Report: Massachusetts ranks first for senior health

Outreach and education are key factors in creating a healthy environment for seniors, said Alice Bonner, the state’s secretary of elder affairs.
“Where I think the Department of Health and Human Services has been able to shine is in connecting … Read Full Story

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Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US

Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US

BOSTON (AP) – A cancer patient has received the first penis transplant in the United States, a Boston hospital said Monday.

Massachusetts General Hospital has confirmed that Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, received the transplanted penis in a … Read Full Story

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Experts take community approach to living with dementia

Experts take community approach to living with dementia

WATERTOWN – A little education and understanding can go a long way in improving the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to proponents of the “dementia friendly communities” model.
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Health department confirms first Zika case in Rhode Island

Health department confirms first Zika case in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Department of Health says it has confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in the state.

The agency announced Tuesday that a man in his 60s had tested positive for the viral … Read Full Story

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Doctors discuss pot, opioids at Clark forum

Doctors discuss pot, opioids at Clark forum

BOSTON – Medical researchers who spoke Wednesday at the Statehouse said there’s an odd public health juxtaposition occurring between opioid and heroin use this year.

“On one hand, we’re talking about an opioid crisis caused by over-availability, then we’re talking … Read Full Story

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Study: Amateur football hits linked to later-life difficulty

Study: Amateur football hits linked to later-life difficulty

BOSTON (AP) – The more hits to the head an amateur football player takes, the greater the risk that he will be depressed, have difficulty making decisions or develop other forms of cognitive impairment as an adult, a preliminary study … Read Full Story

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Study: Zika landed in Brazil 2 years before it was detected

Study: Zika landed in Brazil 2 years before it was detected

NEW YORK (AP) – The worrisome Zika virus apparently has been in Brazil at least a year longer than experts previously thought, according to new research.

Some experts have speculated the virus first came to the Americas sometime in 2014. … Read Full Story

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CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing

CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.

Amid an epidemic of addiction … Read Full Story

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