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To Your Health: Norovirus

Welcome to this month’s edition of To Your Health – the HCAM News medical segment. I’m Dr. Jim Kenealy.

You’ve probably never heard of it before, but once you’ve had it, you’ll never forget this nasty bug. I’m talking about norovirus, the most common cause of outbreaks of stomach flu and food-borne illness in the U.S. The CDC estimates that there are over 20 million cases every year.

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HCAM News Visits the Wellness Fair

On Saturday March 10, the Hopkinton Public Schools presented their 10th annual Wellness Fair. Watch the video as HCAM News video coverage of the day's events.

Teens and Mental Health Awareness

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On Monday, March 26th, from 7:00-8:00 pm, Jean Vazza of Hopkinton Youth Services will facilitate a community-minded discussion on "Teens and Mental Health Awareness" at the Hopkinton Public Library. Topics of focus for this small, group-style discussion include awareness of mental health, signs, frequency and identification of mental health disorders, how to discuss mental health issues with teens, and the importance of reducing stigma, and community resources. Participants are invited to contribute their perspectives and suggestions.

beFree Handball Tournament Friday March 17

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The beFREE! Project is sponsoring another alternative social event for High School students this Saturday night. This event is open to all Hopkinton High School students.

Saturday, March 17th 7:00 - 10:00PM
High School Athletic Center
Admission: $5 per player, teams must register at HS by Thursday
Admission is FREE to watch friends play.

High School students are encouraged to come watch their friends compete for prizes and bragging rights!

Alzheimer's Support - Senior Center March 12

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All Things Senior Center

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Hopkinton Drug Lecture Series: Gastrointestinal Health

Watch the HCAM News video to see highlights from the presenation by Dr. Sarika Arora held at the Senior Center on Thursday, January 26 as part of the Hopkinton Drug Lecture Series.

Dr. Arora's full presentation covering gastrointestinal health and balance and its relationship to food sensitivities and skin conditions, can be found here on the HCAM website.

HPTA Summer Activities & Wellness Fair this Saturday

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The Hopkinton Public Schools present the 10th annual Wellness Fair on Saturday, March 10 from 10am to 2pm at Hopkinton High School. This event will showcase more than 30 groups, organizations, and businesses that promote health, safety and fitness. Visit the Interactive booths, learn about healthy foods and products. Activities for ALL AGES! Events are taking place in the high school cafeteria, the athletic center and the auditorium, so be sure to check the schedule below.

Rare Diseases: Not So Rare

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Because today - February 29 - is Rare Disease Day, we're posting the March edition of Physician Focus early.

A rare disease, officially defined by the Orphan Drug Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1983, is one that affects fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. But the practical definition is much broader: some disorders afflict several thousand individuals; some just a handful. But in one sense rare diseases are not so rare: close to 7,000 such conditions exist, collectively affecting 30 million people.

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February To Your Health: Unnecessary Antibiotic Use

Welcome to another edition of the HCAM News medical segment, To Your Health. I’m Dr. Jim Kenealy.

We are well into the cold and flu season and, as an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist, my office is packed these days with patients suffering from colds, ear infections, sore throats and cough. Many of these patients expect me to treat their complaints with a prescription for an antibiotic. Some are insistent, others downright demanding. However, the vast majority of these maladies are viral in nature and antibiotics have no beneficial effect on viral infections.

Hopkinton Youth Services: Adolescence and Healthy Body Image

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On Monday, February 27th from 7:00-8:00pm Jean Vazza of Hopkinton Youth Services will facilitate a community-minded discussion on "Adolescence and Healthy Body Image" at the Hopkinton Public Library.

Topics of focus include concerns related to teen dieting, eating disorders, signs of depression, mood swings, drug/alcohol use, addiction and sleep problems. Discussion will emphasize ways of promoting healthy life practices in eating, sleeping, exercise and wellness in the teen years and participants will be encouraged to contribute their concerns and suggestions.


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