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Massachusetts has ‘exact right’ habitat for EEE, veterinarian says

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, AUG. 22, 2019…..On the heels of what the state’s public health veterinarian called the “most significant” year for West Nile virus ever in Massachusetts last year, officials this month have confirmed the first two human cases of eastern equine encephalitis in the state since 2013.Briefing the state’s …

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Over the Counter: Pack nutrition into your kid’s school lunch

Packing a school lunch for a child used to be as easy as one-two-three. One brown paper bag (or superhero-themed lunch box), two slices of white bread spread with peanut butter and jelly, and three additional food items — perhaps an apple, a bag of chips and a brownie — …

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What’s Up Doc? Females are under-represented in medical research

Question: Is it true that women are not adequately represented in medical studies?Answer: Genetically, someone with XX sex chromosomes is female and someone with XY sex chromosomes is male. There are people with other variations, such as having an extra sex chromosome (for example XXY in some variants of Klinefelter …

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Flexible Fitness: Breathing basics

The respiratory system is a series of parts, the largest one being the lungs. It takes air in from the environment, supplies the body with oxygen and helps to get rid of carbon dioxide. Additional jobs are to provide breath support for speech and our sense of smell. This system …

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What’s Up Doc? Gene therapy research offers hope for methylmalonic acidemia patients

Q: Is there a new treatment being developed to cure methylmalonic acidemia?A: Methylmalonic acidemia, also known as MMA, is an inherited autosomal recessive condition — the patient must get a defective gene from each of their parents. MMA patients are unable to break down certain fats and proteins, causing a …

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What’s Up Doc?: Methylmalonic acidemia treatment being developed

Question: Is there a new treatment being developed to cure methylmalonic acidemia?Answer: Methylmalonic acidemia — MMA, an organic acidemia — is an inherited autosomal recessive condition — the patient must get a defective gene from each of their parents — where the patient is unable to break down certain fats …

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The unlikely secret to a happy community? Sidewalks

Molly Bartone considered many factors when she moved into her new home near Buckmaster Pond in Westwood. Her kids were grown but she still liked the idea of a neighborhood with good schools. She wanted to be somewhat in between Boston and her family living in northern Connecticut. But most …

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What’s Up Doc? Can earwigs get into your brain?

Q: I found an earwig in my clothing. How big a risk is it that this would have gone into my ear and then into my brain?A: Earwigs are pretty ubiquitous, being found all over the world — although I do not think they thrive in Antarctica as they do …

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What’s Up Doc?: Earwigs

Question: I found an earwig in my clothing. How big a risk is it that this would have gone into my ear and then into my brain?Answer: Earwigs are pretty ubiquitous, being found all over the world — although I do not think they thrive in Antarctica as they do …

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What’s Up Doc?: Start with conservative treatments for herniated disk

My doctor recommended epidural steroid injections for my sciatica from my herniated disk. Is this better than surgery?Between the bones of the spine are disks made of a gelatinous material in the middle and a harder cartilage material around the outside. These act as shock absorbers, allowing the strong but …

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Over the Counter: Women’s health: It’s time for a gut check

Men and women are different.While we’re alike in so many ways, the genders have key biological and hormonal differences. And we can’t deny that, even in 2019, men and women have different societal pressures and expectations that put unequal demands on their bodies and minds.This means that in addition to …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH — When do I take my child to the dentist?

When do I take my child to the dentist?The obvious answer would be when teeth first erupt. What I want to convey to parents is that comfort in the dental office is what is truly the goal. Dental health throughout life is very important, not only for local oral health …

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What’s Up Doc?: Herniated disk

My doctor recommended epidural steroid injections for my sciatica from my herniated disk. Is this better than surgery?Between the bones of the spine are disks made of a gelatinous material in the middle and a harder cartilage material around the outside. These act as shock absorbers, allowing the strong but …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH — When do I take my child to the dentist?

When do I take my child to the dentist?The obvious answer would be when teeth first erupt. What I want to convey to parents is that comfort in the dental office is what is truly the goal. Dental health throughout life is very important, not only for local oral health …

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MEMA offers health safety tips during extreme heat

Hot temperatures combined with high humidity levels are expected to create dangerous heat conditions, with the most oppressive conditions expected Saturday. High temperatures Friday-Sunday are forecast to be in the 90s to lower 100s, and dew points in the low to mid 70s. Heat index values are expected to reach …

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Is asbestos a silent killer in Massachusetts?

What do schools, churches, post offices, movie theaters, hospitals and barbershops all have in common? They are all places you might visit during the course of your day.They’re also places that could very well contain high levels of asbestos.And you can add your very own home to that list.Materials containing …

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What’s Up Doc?: Tendinosis

My doctor told me I have tendinosis. How is this different than tendinitis?Tendons function to transmit the force generated by our muscles to our bones, allowing us to move. When tendons are subjected to repetitive mechanical loads they can be compromised, possibly developing small tears, degenerative changes, collagen disruption, proliferation …