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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.”

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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