Massachusetts schools tackle student stress

Massachusetts schools tackle student stress

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – Jada Hickerson’s day begins at 5:30 a.m. and typically doesn’t end until midnight. And even that schedule leaves barely enough time for school, homework and her job at a local fast food restaurant.

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Poeiras em suspensão do norte de África previstas na 3.ª feira em Portugal

Poeiras em suspensão do norte de África previstas na 3.ª feira em Portugal
A Direção-geral da Saúde prevê que na terça-feira Portugal Continental seja influenciado por uma massa de ar com origem no norte de África, transportando partículas e poeiras em suspensão que podem afetar a qualdidade do ar. read more

AIDS Project RI marks national HIV Testing Day with Saturday testing hours

AIDS Project RI marks national HIV Testing Day with Saturday testing hours

PROVIDENCE — National HIV Testing Day is Saturday, June 27, and AIDS Project Rhode Island is expanding its weekly free, anonymous, rapid HIV testing schedule to noon to 3 p.m. on that day on a walk-in basis at 9 Pleasant Street, Providence.

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Study: Fewer kids have severe mental problems; more get help

Study: Fewer kids have severe mental problems; more get help

Contrary to public perception and horrific cases that make headlines, serious mental problems are declining among the nation’s youth, and there has been a big rise in how many are getting help, a new study finds.

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Doctors group issues guidelines on pain meds

Doctors group issues guidelines on pain meds

BOSTON (AP) – A group representing 25,000 doctors in Massachusetts is issuing new guidelines for the prescribing of pain medication, citing an epidemic of opioid abuse.

The Massachusetts Medical Society said Thursday that it was launching a major campaign to … Read Full Story

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Discovery opens door for homemade morphine, painkillers

Discovery opens door for homemade morphine, painkillers

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

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Report: State held back details of health website progress

Report: State held back details of health website progress

BOSTON (AP) – The state was aware for more than a year that the updated version of its health connector website was well behind schedule and may have tried to conceal that knowledge from the public and the federal government, … Read Full Story

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No Easy Talk: new study addresses ethnic barriers to doctor-patient talks about end-of-life care

No Easy Talk: new study addresses ethnic barriers to doctor-patient talks about end-of-life care

SAN JOSE, Calif.–A new survey of doctors from different ethnic groups found that language and cultural factors are major barriers to their ability to help many of their patients face and plan for the end of their lives.
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Using a smartphone microscope to detect parasites in blood

Using a smartphone microscope to detect parasites in blood

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world.
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Healthy briefs

Healthy briefs

Free skin cancer screenings
BROCKTON — Good Samaritan Medical Center will partner with South Shore Dermatology Physicians in North Easton to offer free screenings for Skin Cancer on Tuesday, May 12, and Wednesday, May 13, at Good Samaritan Radiation Oncology … Read Full Story

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Rhode Island Hospital uses Google Glass to diagnose skin conditions

Rhode Island Hospital uses Google Glass to diagnose skin conditions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One enterprising team of physicians at Rhode Island Hospital experimented with Google Glass to gauge the effectiveness, security and patient acceptance of a real-time, video dermatological consultation. The research results were published last month in JAMA Dermatology.… Read Full Story

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Data shows improvements, declines in well-being of RI kids

Data shows improvements, declines in well-being of RI kids

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – The lives of Rhode Island’s children are improving in some areas despite declines in others, particularly among racial and ethnic groups, according to an annual fact book released Monday by a children’s advocacy agency.

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Officials: MassHealth screening includes safeguards

Officials: MassHealth screening includes safeguards

State working with Health Care For All to contact non-English speakers

SPRINGFIELD — While undergoing an overdue process of evaluating which MassHealth enrollees are no longer eligible for the health insurance coverage, state officials have taken steps to ensure people … Read Full Story

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Memorial Hospital introduces new measure to improve ER wait times

Memorial Hospital introduces new measure to improve ER wait times

PAWTUCKET — Emer-gency department patients at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island are experiencing significantly reduced wait times since a new care assessment model was recently introduced.
The new practice, which is in effect 24 hours a day, has cut the … Read Full Story

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YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts receives $48,000 to raise breast cancer awareness

YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts receives $48,000 to raise breast cancer awareness

NEW BEDFORDThe YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts recently received a $48,000 grant from the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer and to provide translation and referral services.

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Good Samaritan Medical Center shares National Poison Prevention Alerts

Good Samaritan Medical Center shares National Poison Prevention Alerts

BROCKTON — Good Samaritan Medical Center has compiled a list of the top five poison alerts communities should be on the lookout for.

“Most people think of poisonings as something dramatic involving a toxic substance ingested accidentally,” said Dr. Rick … Read Full Story

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Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care awarded prevention, education and screening grant by Colon Cancer Coalition

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care awarded prevention, education and screening grant by Colon Cancer Coalition

FALL RIVER — Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, a part of Southcoast® Health, was awarded in March a grant by the Colon Cancer Coalition for providing colon cancer prevention, education and screening programs to the underserved populations in the … Read Full Story

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Study: Tetanus shot may aid treatment of deadly brain cancer

Study: Tetanus shot may aid treatment of deadly brain cancer

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a tetanus shot help treat brain cancer? A small study hints that it might.
A dose of tetanus vaccine let patients live longer when added to an experimental treatment for the most common and deadly … Read Full Story

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