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Anna Gammal: A Member of the Medical Team for Sports Massage at Summer Olympics

In a little over a week, the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics will take place, but Hopkinton resident and massage therapist Anna Gammal is already in London. Gammal is headed to the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games as a member of the medical team for sports massage and will be working with athletes across all Olympic events at the Athlete's Village from July 27 through August 12.

It's not just the athletes who have to qualify. Gammal awent through an extensive interview process before being selected and is one of 800 massage therapists selected.

Partrick-Murray Administration Celebrates First Year of Municipal Health Care Reform

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BOSTON - Wednesday, July 11, 2012 – On the one-year anniversary of the landmark municipal health care reform law, Governor Deval Patrick announced today that more than 127 communities and school districts across the Commonwealth have collectively saved an estimated $175 million in health insurance premiums.

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June "To Your Health": Primer on Health Care Reform

Hello and welcome to To Your Health. I’m Dr. Jim Kenealy.

In Massachusetts we are justifiably proud of the advances we’ve made on providing health care coverage for all of the citizens of our Commonwealth in 2008. Now that we’ve attained almost universal coverage, we are grappling with what may be the more difficult problem – how to reign in ever rising health care costs. While all stakeholders concur that maintaining the status quo in the long run is unsustainable, not everyone can agree upon the best solution.

Youth and Substance Abuse

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Mavis Jaworski, M.D. and John Knight, M.D., on July's Physician Focus with the Massachusetts Medical Society

There’s no getting around it: Substance abuse by adolescents is a serious problem, one that too often ends in tragedy. Such behavior accounts for almost 60 percent of accidental deaths among teens and poses significant risks to physical and mental health, as well as success in school and later life.

One of the nation’s foremost experts on this issue is John R. Knight, M.D., Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Statement from Mass Medical Society Regarding Decision on Affordable Care Act

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The US Supreme Court today upheld the federal health care reform law, ruling that the individual mandate is constitutional. To read the statement released from the Massachusetts Medical Society regarding the decision, Click Here..

National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Council Brings Campaign for Youth Fitness to Massachusetts

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The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils brought its multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign to Massachusetts today. The National Foundation supports youth fitness in schools by awarding innovative school programs with fitness centers. The program is open to all public or public charter elementary or middle schools in Gateway Cities across the state. A school selected by the National Foundation will be named a National Champion School and will receive a state-of-the-art Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center for their efforts.

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Hopkinton's New Drug Collection Unit Now in Place

No, it's not a recycling bin that now sits in the lobby of the police station, although part of its purpose is to keep Hopkinton green. But, instead it is a Drug Collection Unit (DCU), which will now make it more convenient for residents to properly dispose of unwanted prescription drugs.

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Student Chefs Serve Lunch

School lunches sometimes tend to get a bad rap, but on the Elmwood School lunch menu May 29th was another sort of wrap; turkey made to resemble a worm with carrot eyes, a cucumber nose, and a red pepper mouth. And this clever concoction was not created using canned food, or even by a lunch lady, but instead by second graders Kate Dion, Grace Joy, and Hannah Hutchins as part of the first ever student recipe contest.

Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training Classes Offered in June

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DUE TO CUTBACKS IN COMMUNITY POLICING GRANT FUNDING R.A.D. CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED ON A MORE LIMITED BASIS IN THE FUTURE

  • R.A.D. is an internationally taught realistic hands on self defense training class specifically designed for women (12-16 hours)
  • The program teaches and emphasizes awareness, avoidance and physical self defense with the tools we possess with us at all times (hands, feet, elbows, knees, head, etc…)

Indepth: A Look at Lupus

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Host Bruce Karlin, M.D. (left) and Martin Kafina, M.D., this month on Physician Focus

The human body has an uncanny ability to heal itself, but sometimes it can go astray, or malfunction, really. That’s essentially what happens with systemic lupus, a disease of the immune system.

“Lupus is a condition where your immune system attacks your body.” says Martin Kafina, M.D. “Your immune system is supposed to be your friend and clean out your blood from viruses, germs and cellular debris, but instead your immune system gets irritated and confused and reacts against yourself. It can cause quite an amount of distress and sickness.”

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