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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 …

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Flexible Fitness: Support a path of injury-free fun for your athletic child

The National Counsel of Youth Sports survey found that over 60 million children participate in some form of organized sport and over 44 million play more than one sport. Children who play sports derive many benefits from doing so, such as the development of a healthy lifestyle, social skills, greater …

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Marijuana in Massachusetts

Find out what is happening with legal marijuana across Massachusetts

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Nursing student from Massachusetts saves life in a parking lot

Michaela Peck had no idea that a routine trip to the Cumberland Farms in Stoughton would become a life-altering experience.

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Doctor charged with rape of 12-year-old in Ohio

ASHLAND, Ohio — A doctor from the Youngstown area has been arrested and accused of raping a 12-year-old in Ashland, according to the Ashland County Prosecutor’s Office.Dr. Albert Aiad-Toss, 51, of Canfield, Ohio, was arrested in south Florida last Friday by federal law enforcement while he was returning to the …

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Texas woman sentenced to 6 years in prison for death of newborn daughter

WAXAHACHIE, Texas — A former student at Southwestern Assemblies of God University was sentenced Wednesday to more than six years in a state prison for the death of her newborn child.To avoid a jury trial, Natalie Annell Weaver, 21, of Springfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony charge of …

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