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Don’t fear fungus: High in nutrients, mushrooms pack immune-boosting punch

Mushrooms are just beginning to get their due attention from Americans, who are finally shedding their fear of the f-word: fungus. While we have long prized blueberries and kale, and even dark chocolate and coffee, as “superfoods,” we’ve failed to give mushrooms the credit they deserve. When we do eat …

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Flexible Fitness: Getting a jump on the dance season

This time of year, many dance students have returned to their studios after having the summer, or at least part of August, off. Some have moved up a level. Others are auditioning for dance pieces or a spot in a company. Everyone is looking forward to the new repertory they’ll …

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What’s Up Doc? Skin cancer during childhood

Question: Is there really a genetic condition that can make someone get skin cancer during childhood?Answer: I am not sure if you are referring to xeroderma pigmentosum — XP, although there are other possibilities — but since that condition fits your question it will be the topic of today’s column.Normally, …

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The patient-doctor relationship needs repair

The patient-doctor relationship has evolved over centuries. In ancient times health was determined by mystical forces or the mythological gods. The Greeks had Zeus, Apollo and Asclepius. The Romans adopted Aesculapius and revered Mercury and his healing wand – The Caduceus.In modern times, the sick appeal to their healing divinities, …

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What’s Up Doc? Is it Dupuytren’s contracture or trigger finger?

Question: I have an issue with my middle finger which has gotten worse, and now I cannot bend it. I thought it was a trigger finger, but my doctor said it is Dupuytren’s. What’s the difference?Answer: The muscles that flex and extend the fingers are in the forearm, connected to …

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What’s Up Doc? Methemoglobinemia

Question: Is there really a disease that makes your blood look chocolate-colored?Answer: Oxygen binds to the iron in heme, a protein in red blood cells, RBCs; this iron is normally in the reduced ferrous form, Fe2+, and this oxygenated ferrous iron is what makes the blood look red. The oxygen …

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What’s Up Doc? Nodule compromises finger tendon

Question: I have an issue with my middle finger which has gotten worse, and now I cannot bend it. I thought it was a trigger finger, but my doctor said it is Dupuytren’s. What’s the difference?Answer: The muscles that flex and extend the fingers are in the forearm, connected to …

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What’s Up Doc? Staying healthy at 65

Question: I am a pretty healthy 65-year-old. How can I stay this way?Answer: There is a lot that you can do to stay healthy, and this is something you should discuss with your health care provider — DWYHCP.Let’s start with the basics:• Eat a good variety of healthy foods, for …

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10/01/2019 – Join Us for Free, Fun Programs! Parker River National Wildlife Refuge October 2019

      U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Join Us for Free, Fun Programs! Parker River National Wildlife Refuge October, 2019     REGISTRATION & CAPACITY:All refuge programs are FREE, but space may be limited.  Preregistration is required for all programs, unless otherwise indicated. Please call (978) 465-5753.  Please Note: …

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10/01/2019 – Coffee With A Cop

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS. ONE CUP AT A TIME. Join us for some coffee, snacks, laughs, and conversation! The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get …

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10/01/2019 – Trivia Night at Michael’s Harborside

It’s a battle of wits when TUESDAY TRIVIA returns to Michael’s Harborside starting October 1st at 7pm.  Every Friday we’ll be posting the upcoming QUESTION OF THE WEEK on our Facebook page. . Bring your friends and come early for a bite.  #TuesdayTrivia #MichaelsHarborside #Newburyport Check our EVENTS CALENDAR for other great happenings at …

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10/02/2019 – Paint Nite at Plum Island Beachcoma – Beachside Campfire

We spend so much of our days attached to a device, whether it be our smartphones, computers, or televisions, whether for work or entertainment.  So many of us neglect to make time for activities that allow us to tap into our creative selves.  Paint Nite is just that!   We …