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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in this country, but the most deadly. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 237,740 new cases will be diagnosed in 2022 and over 130,000 deaths.
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Medicare open enrollment: Follow the A, B, C’s
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Medicare open enrollment: Follow the A, B, C’s
Every year Medicare offers a period of open enrollment to allow participants to join, switch, or drop a plan. Medicare is a bit complex, however, so you have to know its A, B and C’s.
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February is cancer prevention month
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February is cancer prevention month
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in this country exceeded only by heart disease. According to Cancer Facts & Figures 2021 published by the American Cancer Society, in 2021, there were an estimated 1.9 million new cancer cases and 608,570 deaths.
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Physical activity and sickle cell disease
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Physical activity and sickle cell disease
Billy Garrett, Jr. is just following in his grandfather’s footsteps. Bill Garrett was the first African American to play regularly on a Big Ten Conference varsity basketball team. Garrett, Jr., 26, shares his grandfather’s passion for basketball. He has played for the NBA G League as well as the New York Knicks. He’s now a shooting guard for the basketball league in Poland. Yet, Garrett has sickle cell disease.
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COVID casts a light on health disparities
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COVID casts a light on health disparities
It took a personal health scare to get Thaddeus Miles into running. His longtime job as director of safety for MassHousing brought plenty of stress. One day in 2010, after attending a funeral, Miles headed to the gym. While bench pressing, he suddenly felt he was about to pass out. When the EMTs arrived, his blood pressure was 220/180; at the hospital he learned he had an enlarged heart.
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Life Expectancy Gap Between Black And White Americans Closes By Nearly 50 Percent In 30 Years
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Life Expectancy Gap Between Black And White Americans Closes By Nearly 50 Percent In 30 Years
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Staying safe on the job during COVID-19 pandemic
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Staying safe on the job during COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, but restrictions are relaxing in Massachusetts. That means that whether you’ve been working through the pandemic or are just heading back to work, there’s a good chance you’re going to come in contact with more people when you’re on the job.
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COVID-19 rates still on the rise
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COVID-19 rates still on the rise
Back in March of 2020 when the global coronavirus pandemic took hold, states and local governments in the United States instituted varying degrees of lock downs aimed at stopping the spread of the virus, which was initially thought to be spread primarily through contact with contaminated surfaces as well as through respiratory droplets.
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Dispelling the vaccine hesitancy myth
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Dispelling the vaccine hesitancy myth
When the emergency vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna started making the rounds, so did sensational headlines about how the Black community wouldn’t take it. Discussion arose among the medical community on how to convince Black people to get the vaccine, and organizations in Boston mobilized to get the community to the mass vaccination site at the Reggie Lewis Center.
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Stan McLaren: an example to the community
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Stan McLaren: an example to the community
Stan McLaren is used to being the first. He is the first born, the first in his family to go to college. It was only fitting then that he was the first at the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
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It’s your turn: Who is eligible for the vaccine, and when
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The immune system: The body’s natural protection
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The immune system: The body’s natural protection
Your immune system is on constant guard looking for intruders — something that should not be there. It can distinguish between normal, healthy cells and unhealthy cells. When it detects an outsider — bacteria or a virus, for example — it readies forces to eradicate it. What’s even better, it can often remember. If the virus tries to enter again, its entry is blocked.
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