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09/11/2018 – Affordable Home Ownership: A Powerful Way to Address Housing Insecurity

Free public forum at 7:00 p.m., September 11 First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant Street, Lower Meeting House, Newburyport  Home ownership made affordable for low-income families can generate stability that not only solves the problem of precarious housing but also contributes to economic and social well-being and health. Hear from Habitat …

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SENIOR Q&A: Who to call for medical questions

Q: My mother and I have not seen eye to eye in a long time. I call often and we have better conversations over the phone then in person. My mother told me that she was recently diagnosed with cardiac problems. We discussed her recent appointment with the cardiologist. My …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Cellulitis

Q: My doctor said the red, warm, tender area that developed on my shin was cellulitis and she prescribed an antibiotic. What is this?A: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin, and possibly of other soft tissues. It is diagnosed based on the history and especially the physical exam, where …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? AVM

Q: My neighbor was just diagnosed with an arterio-venous malformation. What is this?A: An arterio-venous malformation (AVM) is a congenital condition (you are born with it) where some of the arteries (that carry oxygenated blood) and veins (that carry blood back towards the heart) do not form correctly; instead the …

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OVER THE COUNTER: The good, the bad and the yummy — sorting out diet fads

Every few years there’s a new fad, study or celebrity telling us how we should eat: First eggs are a no-no, then eggs are fine. High carbs and low fat were the craze, but then eating high protein and high fat was the way to stay lean. Red wine was …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? In honor of “D,” one of my heroes

Today’s column is to honor one of my heroes, someone who has inspired me with her bravery, compassion and character: “D.”Sept. 11, 2001 dawned as a typical late-summer day, with warm temperatures and blue-bird skies. People across the country were going about their lives, sending their kids off to school, …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Is bursitis in shoulder or elbow the same disease?

Q: I was diagnosed with bursitis in my elbow, and my friend’s doctor told her she had bursitis in her shoulder. Is this the same disease?A: A bursa is a fluid filled sac-like structure that acts like a cushion between the bones, muscles, skin/soft tissue and tendons around our joints. …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH — Filling in a reader on cracks in her teeth

Q. I am an (almost) 80-year-old healthy woman who has taken good care of my teeth all of my adult life (braces at 40 years old) going for a checkup every six months.On my last visit, the X-ray showed a slight crack in the upper molars, one on each side.My …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Traveler’s diarrhea

Q: I was on vacation in Mexico and developed vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. What causes Montezuma’s revenge?A: Traveler’s diarrhea (TD, at least three loose stools per day) is extremely common. Around 50 percent of people who travel to resource-limited regions of the world develop TD; in resource rich areas …

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SENIOR Q&A: Worried about father’s memory

Q: My father has always been sharp. However recently I have received phone calls from friends who say they have noticed my father’s memory is not as sharp. He wrote a check to a friend that was not written correctly. Other people say he is not showing up on time …

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KEEPING FIT: On the pulse of heart rate training

You have probably read or heard about heart rate training. You may even have a heart rate monitor that provides moment by moment feedback on your heart rate as you exercise. You may know that your maximum attainable heart rate is predicted to be approximately your age subtracted from 220, …

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WHAT’S UP DOC: What is POTS Syndrome?

Q: What is POTS syndrome?A: POTS is an acronym for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. As the name suggests, this is when a patient develops an abnormally rapid heart rate (tachycardia) upon standing (postural orthostasis). It is called a syndrome since it is a set of symptoms and signs rather than …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Stye and chalazia

Q: I developed a lump by my eyelid. My doctor said it was a stye and is due to an infection, although she said I did not need antibiotics. Is that right, don’t infections need antibiotics?A: There are many possible causes of a ‘lump’ by the eyelid, and thankfully most …

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Salem resident’s bone marrow saves life

Salem resident Sean McLaughlin acted selflessly on Dec. 23, 2016 when he traveled to Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. to have bone marrow removed from his hip bone in order to help a young teen.At the time, Toronto resident and 16-year-old Jackson Taylor was in need of a transplant …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH: Tooth-colored fillings are often not the right choice

Along with gold and silver amalgam, another restorative material is gaining popularity in this country and all over the world. There are a number of different types, with different formulas, some purportedly better than others. I refer to them collectively as non-metallic tooth-colored materials. The questions from you, the readers, …

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OVER THE COUNTER: With simple fixes, you may soon see relief for dry eye syndrome

If you ever struggle with driving at night, feel a stinging in your eyes or have the sensation that something is in your eye when you know nothing is there, you may have dry eye syndrome.While this may sound like nothing to, ahem, shed a tear over, there’s more to …