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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.”

Register Now for the Sharon Timlin 5K Race to Cure ALS

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The 9th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Road Race to Cure ALS will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Hopkinton High School. The 5K Online registration is open now! The 2012 race is limited to 1,800 participants and spaces are filling up quickly. Register by midnight on June 6, 2012.

The 5K race begins at 8:30 am. There is no race-day registration! Race is strictly limited to 1,800 participants. Registration will be closed when that number is reached or after June 6 at midnight.

Epcot "Land Exhibit" Designer to Present at Water Fresh Farm

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Dr. Merle Jensen, designer of the hydroponic displays in the Land Exhibit at Epcot and consultant to Water Fresh Farm since its inception, will be speaking at Water Fresh Farm at 11am on Saturday, May 26th. The subject of his talk will be Hydroponic Growing, Past, Present, and Future, including projects that have brought fresh vegetables to the food deserts of the world, the new hydroponic greenhouse in the Antarctic and the work being done in the lab geared toward growing on the moon.

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To Your Health, May 2012 “Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor’s Visit”

In our last segment we discussed how to choose a doctor who is the right fit for you. Now that you’ve found that special physician, let’s talk about how to get the most out of your visit.

It’s no secret that physicians are under demanding time pressures. In response, many practices have adopted strict time allotments patient visits. To get the most out of your visit, it is important to be prepared and informed.

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Relay for Life Raises Over $150,000

Relay for Life is a event that happens in many communities across the world to raise awareness and to celebrate the lives of those who have battled and/or have lost their fight with cancer. And under sunny, but cold skies on May 11th, Hopkinton kicked off their relay at the High School. Over 700 participants consisting of over 80 teams, attended the all-night event, which raised over $150,000, about $20,000 more than last year's total. During the event, members of each team take turns walking laps around the track. There are also two special laps throughout the course of the night; the survivors lap, which honors those who have overcome the disease, and the luminaria ceremony, a lap of silence dedicated to the memory of those who have passed away from cancer.

For those not walking the track, there were plenty of activities during the night, including live music, an opportunity to get science teacher Michael Graeber wet in the dunk tank, food from Snappy Dogs, and games around the field.

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Highlights from Talent Show at Hopkins School

On Friday, May 4, 2012, students at Hopkins School held a Talent Show in honor of Allison Lundy, a 5th grade student who lost her battle with brain cancer earlier this year. Watch the HCAM News video for highlights of the event which not only paid tribute to Lundy, but also raised money for pediatric brain cancer research at Dana Farber.

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Winner of Kindle Fire Announced

Last October, the new Hopkinton tobacco by-law voted at Town Meeting, became effective. It prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from possessing tobacco products in public areas. In order to illustrate this message, HCAM, in conjunction with the Hopkinton Youth Commission and the beFree Project, produced a 30 second public service announcement which shows the consequences for not obeying the by-law.

Health IT: Good Medicine

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If, at your last medical visit, your physician spent a fair amount of time staring into a computer and pounding its keyboard, don't feel bad. It’s part of the rapid advance of technology in health care.

For most industries and professions, technology has meant progress: more productivity, lower costs, better products and services. Healthcare hasn’t kept pace, however, but it’s beginning to catch up quickly.

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April 2012 "To Your Health": Choosing a Doctor

Welcome to another edition of To Your Health. I’m Dr. Jim Kenealy.

Other than choosing a significant other or spouse, picking a physician is probably the most important relationship we have. We want our doctor to be well-trained and competent, but also caring, compassionate, and understanding of our unique needs. As with many things in life, there is no one “best” doctor, instead seek out the physician who is the right fit for you and your family.

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