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Physician Focus: Examining STDs

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It’s a topic not often addressed in public venues, and sometimes shunned entirely with younger populations. The February edition of Physician Focus attempts to inform and educate viewers on a critical public health concern that affects all ages, races, ethnic groups, and social and economic classes: sexually transmitted diseases.

“It’s not an easy subject to discuss,” said John Fromson, M.D., host of the program, "but it's part of the human condition."

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Reviving Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year and welcome to another edition of “To Your Health.” I’m Dr. Jim Kenealy.

The tree is down, the tinsel is gone, and the New Year’s honkers and horns are a fading memory. But, how is it going with those resolutions that you made for the New Year?

Prescription drug abuse: Widespread and growing

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Prescription drugs are some of medicine’s greatest therapies, relieving pain and curing illness. Yet despite all the good they provide, a dark side has emerged: Prescription drugs have become the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind only marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, and other drugs.

Hopkinton Public Schools Drug and Alcohol Tip Line

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The Hopkinton Public Schools would like to inform all parents, guardians and students about the availability of a new Tip Line that will help the schools and police to address drug and underage alcohol use. This Tip Line is monitored 24 hours a day by the School Resource Officer. All calls go directly to him.

PRESENTATION ON THE DANGERS OF CONCUSSIONS

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The Center for Disease Control estimates between 1.6 to 3.8 million people suffer from concussions each year. In Hopkinton a local medical practice has diagnosed twenty children with concussions in the first two months of school. Many of these children experience reduced concentration, short term memory, and comprehension that affect their school success.

Because of this, the Hopkinton Public Schools Wellness Committee and Main Street Pediatrics have partnered to present an information session entitled Understanding Concussions for parents and interested community members.

What happens when emergencies strike?

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Seated, l to r: Suzanne Salamon, M.D., Dawn Sibor; Standing, James Kenealy, M.D., Mary Clark

Who’s in charge? Will they respond fast enough? Will I and my family be safe?

These are questions that pop up when major public emergencies strike, be they natural disasters, severe storms, infectious disease epidemics, or man-made disasters. Responding to these kinds of events has become an enormous challenge facing health providers, public officials, and private citizens alike. Preparing for them is an equally difficult task.

Record Crowd Expected at Hopkinton Drug Health Lecture

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Mold and Fibromyalgia are the topics to be diiscussed at the December 1st Health Lecture Series sponsored by Hopkinton Drug. This will be the tenth in a series of lectures held in Hopkinton and promises to be one of the better attended.
According to Mike Macione, Marketing Manager for Hopkinton Drug, over 40 people have already registered and the lecture has been moved to a new and larger venue, the Hopkinton Senior Center. The lecture will start at 7PM and light refreshments will be served.

To Your Health - “The Great American Smoke Out”

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Hello and welcome to the first installment of the HCAM News monthly medical segment To Your Health. I’m Dr. Jim Kenealy and I’ll be serving as your medical reporter for regular updates on health information, opinion, and the latest from the world of medicine and health care.

Digestive Disorders? Watch Physician Focus.

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Eating is one of life’s great pleasures, particularly in our society where foods of all kinds are readily available. (That’s not to ignore the issues of hunger and obesity, which affect too many of our citizens and are major public health concerns. We’re acutely aware of those, and we’ve previously produced programs on the topics. Those programs are still available for viewing on the www.physicianfocus.org website.)

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