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Can you hear me now?

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From left, Dr. Bruce Karlin, Dr. Theodore Mason, and Dr. Jeffrey Brown, this month on Physician Focus discussing hearing loss

If you have trouble hearing, you are not alone. Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent medical conditions affecting Americans of all ages.

More than 30 million Americans age 12 and older have some level of impaired hearing. Among older Americans, hearing impairment is the third most common chronic condition, and can lead to social isolation, functional decline, and depression. And an increasing number of young people are experiencing hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises, many from personal listening devices.

The “Big Problems” in Children's Health

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Lynda Young, M.D., (left) and Elizabeth Goodman, M.D. discuss the major health risks children face in the October edition of Physician Focus.

What are the biggest health risks facing children and adolescents today? The C.S. Mott Children Hospital of the University of Michigan Health System has some answers.

For nine years, the hospital has conducted an annual survey of adults about what they think are the “big problems” in children’s health.

It’s hard to argue with the poll results: obesity, bullying, and drug abuse are the top three in the 2015 poll (a repeat of the top three from last year), with child abuse and neglect, smoking and tobacco use, and school violence also included in the top ten.

Hopkinton Police Drug Take-Back Day September 26th, 10am-2pm

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The Hopkinton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pull abuse or theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Hopkinton Police Headquarters at 74 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA, Saturday September 26th between 10am and 2pm. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Increase Your Medicare IQ

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Are you approaching your 65th birthday? Are you over 65 and still working? Needing information for your parents?

If you will be signing up for Medicare for the first time...
- What does Part A cover?
- What isn't covered?
- What are the deductibles? Copays?
- And what about Parts B, C, and D?
- I've heard about Medigap. What is it?

If you are on Medicare now...
- Have your prescriptions changed?
- When did you last review your options?
- Has your physician network changed?

A Matter of Balance at the Senior Center

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Do you have concerns about falling? A Matter of Balance is a program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.

You will learn to:
- view falls as controllable
- set goals for increasing activity
- make changes to reduce fall risks at home
- exercise to increase strength and balance

A Matter of Balance at Golden Pond

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Do you have concerns about falling? A Matter of Balance is a program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.

You will learn to:
- view falls as controllable
- set goals for increasing activity
- make changes to reduce fall risks at home
- exercise to increase strength and balance

Breast Cancer: 1 in 8, but good news, too

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Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. About one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, with three out of four developing it after age 50.

But the good news is that death rates from this disease have been declining due to better treatment, and today there are nearly three million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

Walk to Break the Silence 5K

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Do you want to raise awareness about domestic violence? Do you want to make sure that victims get the help and support they need? Then you need to walk the walk!

“Walk to Break the Silence,” is the 4th annual fundraising walk and rally benefiting Voices Against Violence. The event will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00 AM ‐ Noon, at the Downtown Framingham Common with special guests U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Honorary Chair and former Middlesex D.A. Gerry Leone.

Can you see clearly now?

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For those of us getting older, perhaps not so much. Vision can deteriorate as we age (reading glasses, anyone?), and eye disorders become more common as we get older as well. Just four conditions, in fact, affect nearly 37 million adults over 40 in the U.S.

17th Annual UMass Medicine 5K Cancer Walk and Run

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Registration is now open for our UMass Medicine Cancer Walk & 5K Run taking place on September 27. Run registration is 7:00 AM and run start is 8:00 AM. Walk registration is 8:00 AM and Walk Start is 10:00 AM. The event will be held at UMass Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester. People can register or donate by visiting our website.

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