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For Good Health, Open Wide

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If, at your next visit to your primary care physician, your doctor says “open wide” and begins to examine your mouth, don’t worry. And if, at your next trip to the dentist, you get checked for oral cancer and are asked questions about your physical health, it’s a good thing. And all to your benefit.

2.62 Mile Marathon Challenge

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You are cordially invited to participate in the Hopkinton Middle School 2.62 mile Marathon Challenge. This school-wide 2.62-mile run/walk will take place on Wednesday, April 16, weather permitting, at 12:00 PM. It will start at the flagpole in front of Hopkinton Middle School, proceed around the campus and finish on the track behind the school. This event is part of a yearlong school-wide 21st century interdisciplinary theme that focuses on Greece and the Marathon. Please RSVP to dpinto@hopkinton.k12.ma.us by Friday, April 11.

Unequal Treatment

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Ever since 2002, when the Institute of Medicine released its groundbreaking report, one of the top issues facing the medical community has been how to resolve health care disparities.

The IOM’s report, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, revealed that wide differences exist between racial and ethnic minorities and whites in the quality of the care they receive, even when such factors as insurance, access to care, and ability to pay were comparable.

Be Aware, Runners are everywhere

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As we approach the Boston Marathon, runners are training on streets and running surfaces throughout the world. The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce and the 26.2 Foundation, with help from the Hopkinton Parks & Recreation Commission, have made an extra effort to promote runners’ safety. To accomplish this, they will fund signs to be placed throughout the community to remind drivers that with the marathon close by there will be extra runners on the roadways.

Planning Board Discusses Medical Marijuana Bylaw

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A medical marijuana bylaw was refined by the Planning Board during their Tuesday, March 11 meeting to discuss articles for the upcoming Town Meeting warrant. The bylaw will restrict where in Hopkinton a medical marijuana dispensary can be built should the town be picked to host such a facility.

Then and Now: HIV and AIDS

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It first appeared more than 30 years ago, raising mystery, uncertainly and great fear. Death came quickly, with most patients dying within weeks or months of the diagnosis. Today, remarkably, it is a manageable, treatable condition.

The transformation of infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from certain death to a treatable condition with a nearly normal life expectancy is one of the great achievements of medical science.

Runderdogs 2014 Boston Marathon Run for HOPE

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The 2014 Boston Marathon will be about resiliency, strength, love, pride and overcoming adversity. For these reasons, our Runderdogs team -- Ginny Pitcher, Julia McGovern & Kel Kelly -- will run for the House of Possibilities (HOPe). HOPe is the organization that discovers and celebrates the special in special needs. Special needs children and adults are the true underdogs in our world and overcome adversity every single day. HOPe believes the possibilities for developmentally disabled people are limitless and they are a remarkable gift to the rest of the world.

Crohn's and Colitis Explained

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When illness strikes, one of the questions we often ask is “How did I get this?” It’s a normal reaction, because it’s important to know what caused the sickness and what we might do in the future to avoid it.

Medicine, unfortunately, isn’t always sure about cause and effect, and the origins of some diseases just defy precise explanation. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic conditions of the digestive system known as inflammatory bowel diseases – are examples.

50 years later....

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January 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General’s first comprehensive report on the dangers of tobacco. That landmark document signaled the start of the nation's public health campaign against tobacco and its health consequences.

After five decades of anti-tobacco efforts, it’s fair to ask “How far have we come?”

“We’re fifty years down the line,” says Alan Woodward, M.D., chairman of Tobacco Free Mass, “and still these products are the number one cause of preventable death and chronic illness in this country.”

Violence and Mental Illness: Connected?

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Violent incidents such as the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut and at the Washington Navy Yard – two of the most recent on a long list of horrific acts – capture the nation’s attention and continue to raise alarms about the link between violence and mental illness.

A recent Gallup poll found that nearly half of Americans - 48 percent - blame the mental health system “a great deal” for mass shootings and for failing to identify individuals who are a danger to others.

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