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The Top Public Health Priority

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In the last five years, nearly 3,800 Massachusetts residents have died from opioid and/or prescription drug overdoses. Thousands more have overdosed on the drugs, but have eluded death, mostly through the heroic efforts of first responders. And while multiple efforts have been undertaken by many people to attack the epidemic, and some progress has been achieved, deaths and overdoses are still occurring.

The human body's largest organ

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Our skin. It covers our entire body and it’s our largest organ. It controls our body temperature and provides protection from bacteria and viruses. At the same time, it’s subject to a number of diseases and conditions – from rashes to rosacea, from acne to eczema, to the deadly skin cancer of melanoma.
The March episode of Physician Focus with the Massachusetts Medical Society takes a look at some of the more common skin diseases with two members of the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology, the statewide specialty group of medical doctors specializing in caring for the skin.

A Kidney for Justin

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Meet Justin. He just turned 14 years old and is finishing up 8th grade. He enjoys playing Call of Duty and Minecraft like other kids his age. Justin hasn't had much time for games recently.

Justin was recently put on dialysis and is in desperate need of a kidney.

Physicial Requirements:
Age - Under 63 years old
BMI - Under 30
Blood Type - O
Must be a non-smoker

Required Participant Information:
Full legal name
Blood Type
Date of Birth
Social Security Number
Address
Phone Number
Email Address

The Invisible Injury

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It has become the subject of a major motion picture, and it has raised fears among parents about their children’s participation in sports. The injury is concussion.

Rebound: The Chris Herren Story

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Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, dreamed of one day playing for his hometown team, the Boston Celtics. An All-American, Chris broke scoring records, was recruited by top colleges, featured in Sports Illustrated and became the focus of an acclaimed book, "Fall River Dreams". Herren realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and was traded to the Boston Celtics after his rookie season, but lost it all due to substance abuse.

“Lose it for the Library!” Challenge Generates $2500 for the Library Building Project

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Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. (HPLF) has received another exciting boost in its fundraising via the Hopkinton Weight Loss Challenge. With the help of 167 participants, “Lose it for the Library” raised $2,500 for the planned restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library.

The Healthiest Years of Your Life: Hopkinton Holistic Health Speaker Series

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Golden Pond Assisted Living is hosting a series of talks at 50 West Main Street in Hopkinton. Each talk takes place at 7:00 PM, and light snacks and beverages will be available at each talk.

February 4 - Natural Easy Weight Loss
Without torture diets or extreme exercise. Feel fantastic when you look in the mirror!
Dr. Geoff DeOauka offers scientifically proven methods to lose weight easily without starving, counting calories or extreme exercise. Make this the year you lose the weight.

Be Mindful – And Healthier

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Daily life can bring many stresses and strains such as family demands, financial pressures, and occupational tension. These stresses can cause fatigue, lack of sleep, and other physical conditions than can harm our health.

One approach to dealing with these conditions is called mindfulness. Begun more than 30 years ago, the practice of mindfulness is now entering mainstream medicine.

Lose it for the Library!

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Have you been thinking about getting in shape in 2016 or turning the page on a healthier diet after the holidays? CrossFit Resilience (CFR) has just the program for you: “Lose it for the Library!” - a weight loss challenge for Hopkinton starting January 7, 2016.

Women and Heart Disease

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Here’s what may be a surprising fact to many: Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in American women. It kills more women each year – some 400,000 lives -than all cancers combined.

Yet nearly half of women – some 44 percent according to the American Heart Association – are unaware that it’s the number one threat to their health.

Why such a lack of awareness? One reason is a lack of research.

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