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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National Drug Take Back Day October 29

On Saturday October 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hopkinton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

This effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

  • The program is anonymous.
  • Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.

Tobacco By-Law Now in Effect

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The tobacco by-law, prohibiting the possession of tobacco products in a public outdoor place by a person under the age of 18, and approved by Town Meeting in May of this year, is now in effect.

Although it is illegal to buy or sell tobacco products to minors under the age of 18, it was not illegal for minors to use tobacco products.

“The new by-law supports the existing Board of Health regulation that prohibits the sale of tobacco to anyone under the age of eighteen,” says beFree Project Coordinator Jane Roche.

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Local Dentist Offers Free Sealants for Children

Watch the HCAM News video to learn where your child can receive free dental services as part of the Fall for Smiles program.

Did you know that recent surveys found that more than one-third of those who regularly visit the dentist have cut back? While this might be understandable with our current economy, .routine dental visits play a vital role in preventing oral and systemic disease and keeping future healthcare costs down.


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