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To Your Health, December 2011 “Hazardous Toy List”

Ho, Ho, Ho and the Happiest of Holidays to our HCAM viewers! Welcome to this special holiday edition of To Your Health. I’m Dr. Jim Kenealy.

The holidays are a time for celebration and giving and nothing puts a bigger smile on the face of the recipient, or the giver, than giving a toy to an excited, grateful child. Yet, imagine the dismay and horror, if your well-intentioned gift caused harm, or worse, to your beloved child or grandchild. The toys we give are often a reflection of the season itself – bright, colorful and LOUD. And therein lies the problem.

Spilka to Discuss Dangers of Texting While Driving at Keefe Tech

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Senator Karen Spilka will speak to students about the dangers of texting while driving at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School in Framingham on Wednesday, December 7th.

The event is part of AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign aimed at raising awareness about the risks of texting and driving. As part of the presentation today, AT&T will show a 10-minute documentary that tells the true stories of young drivers whose lives were altered, or even ended, because of texting and driving.

How's your medical literacy?

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Malignancy. Hemorrhage. Contusion. Pulmonary. If you know what these words mean, go to the head of the class. Medicine has a language all its own, and for too many patients, it can produce mystery and confusion. Throw in great amounts of misunderstanding and miscommunication, and you have what health experts call medical illiteracy.

Some 90 million people – nearly half of the adult population in the United States – have low medical literacy – defined as the ability of patients to read, understand, and act on medical information to make good decisions about their health.

Adolescent Health Survey Results Tonight

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Topics such as substance abuse, mental health, physical activity, nutrition, bullying, cyber bullying and sexual behavior will all be discussed as the Hopkinton Schools, in conjunction with Hopkinton Youth Services, presents results from the 2010 Metro-West Adolescent Health Survey administered to both middle and high school students last fall.

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November 2011 - The Flu and You

Welcome to this month’s edition of the HCAM News medical segment, To Your Health. I’m Dr. Jim Kenealy. Fall is here and so is the flu season, so grab your tissues and O.J. while we discuss this yearly malady.

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Hopkinton Resident Benefits from Home Dialysis

Imagine hearing the news that your kidneys are failing. In order to stay alive, you will now have to spend at least three days a week at a kidney dialysis center on a regular basis. Suddenly, all of your plans, and the way that you live you life, have changed.

That's exactly what happened to Hopkinton resident Frank Plankey, but with the help of an innovative new approach to kidney dialysis by Fresenius Medical Care, Frank is now able to recapture some of his independence and has more time to do the things that he enjoys.

Physician Focus: Headaches

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  Left to right: John Fromson, M.D., Brian McGeeney, M.D., on November's Physician Focus with the Massachusetts Medical Society

Who among us hasn’t had a headache? One of humankind’s most common ailments, headaches are, for many of us, mere annoyances, eliminated with a few over-the-counter pain relievers. But like most medical topics, headaches aren’t so simple, especially for those who suffer from migraines.

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October 2011 – Halloween Safety

Hello, and welcome to this month’s not-so-scary edition of the HCAM News medical segment – To Your Health, I’m Dr. Jim Kenealy.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays – I love checking out the cute costumes on the trick-or-treaters and the chance to put my surgical skills to use on pumpkins instead of people. The opportunity to dress up and play pretend brings out the child in all of us. Halloween should be fun, and a little scary, but safe as well. With our children taking to the streets in costumes after dark, it’s important to practice some common-sense safety tips.

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Senator Spilka Hosts Senior Health Fair

On Saturday October 22nd, Senator Karen Spilka hosted a health fair geared toward area senior citizens at Keefe Tech in Framingham. Before seniors went inside, they were encouraged to get free health screenings in the eye-mobile sponsored by the Greater Ashland Lions. Inside the trailer, seniors had the opportunity to get eye exams including a retinal exam, a hearing exam, and get their blood pressure taken.

Car Seat Checkpoint

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The Hopkinton Police and Fire Departments will be holding a car seat inspection at the Fire Station on Saturday, November 5, from 1pm to 4pm. Stop by for a free car seat inspection by Nationally Certified Technicians. No appointment necessary!

For questions, contact Firefighter Patrick Gross at 508-497-2325 or Officers Stephen Buckley or Linda Higgins at 508-497-3401.

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