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Physician Focus: Hepatitis: Silent Disease

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It takes different forms, has multiple causes, and many people who have it don’t know they have it. It is hepatitis, a major cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer and a leading cause of death by infection, claiming some 15,000 lives every year. It’s the topic of discussion for the November episode of Physician Focus with the Massachusetts Medical Society.

The 7th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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On October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hopkinton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Hopkinton Police Department at 74 Main Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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New CPR Equipment Now in Use by Hopkinton's Fire Department

Watch the HCAM News video with Hopkinton Fire Department Paramedic Tim Healy as he explains the benefits of the department's new CPR equipment.

In a time where a matter of a few seconds could mean the difference between saving a person's life or not, the Hopkinton Fire Department now has access to state-of-the-art equipment that will help paramedics administer care quicker and more effectively during cardiac emergencies. The LUCAS chest compression system, which is also being used in a handful of neighboring communities, allows for a machine to perform chest compressions on a victim during CPR, which increases circulation to the brain.

LUCAS was developed in Sweden in the early 2000s and first came to the US about eight years later. The inspiration for the device came from a seemingly unlikely source, a toilet plunger. To operate LUCAS, the emergency provider essentially needs to just setup up the machine and turn it on. Because the machine does the majority of the work, this frees up the paramedic to provide the patient with additional medical care. It also allows for the patient to receive care in places that performing CPR manually would be too difficult, as well as assures that the paramedic stays safe. With new equipment available to fire departments such as LUCAS, Hopkinton Fire Department Paramedic Tim Healy says that an ambulance is no longer simply a vehicle to transport patients to the hospital.

Currently the Fire Department has two machines, one for each ambulance. The machines, which cost around $15,000 each, were purchased a few months ago with money donated by community members in honor of former Hopkinton resident Marjorie Peloquin, who passed away in 2009. According to Healy, cardiac arrest is one of the leading killers of adults and is a emergency that the department often attends to.

Healy also believes that it is important for community members to be knowledgeable in case of an emergency. And therefore, the department offers a CPR training class on the last Tuesday of every month.

Senator Spilka Hosts 2013 Senior Health & Wellness Fair

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Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) will host her annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 26th at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School in Framingham. All MetroWest seniors are invited to learn more about ways to continue to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Throughout the course of the day, seniors will participate in a variety of workshops and presentations about senior health programs, benefits and wellness activities. The Fair will also include a continental breakfast, a hot lunch and health screenings for attendees.

Seasonal Flu Clinic This Thursday at Town Hall

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2013 Seasonal Flu Clinics by the Hopkinton Board of Health through Century Health Systems will be held on October 10, 2013 at the Town Hall (lower level), 18 Main Street and on November 4, 2013 at the Senior Center which is located at 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA. These will be the only clinics the Board of Health holds this season. These Clinics are for Hopkinton Residents 19 years of age or older.

Flu Clinics
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ Town Hall
Monday, November 4, 2013 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. @ Senior Center

Inside the ER

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From left, Bruce Karlin, M.D., Nathan MacDonald, M.D., Jeffrey Hopkins, M.D. during October on Physician Focus

We never know when a medical emergency will occur, but when it does, it’s good to know there’s a place to go that’s open for care 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The ER, celebrated by such television programs as NBC-TV’s long-running show of the same name, has become a critical component of American health care: An estimated one of every five Americans now visits a hospital emergency department each year, for a total of nearly 130 million visits annually.

National Depression Screening Day October 10

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From Hopkinton Youth Services:
Mental Illness Awareness Week occurs during the week of October 6­-12, 2013. In an effort to recognize and de-­stigmatize mental illness, Hopkinton residents can take part in National Depression Screening Day.

In person Screening: October 10, 2013
Hopkinton Public Library
10 am -­ 12 pm
or

Anonymous Online Screening: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/HOPKINTON

Executive Office of Health ande Human Services: Top 10 Reasons Why The Affordable Care Act Is Good For Massachusetts

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In a press release dated September 25, 2013, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services cites the top 10 reasons why the Affordable care Act is good for Massachusetts:

10. Creates new protections to ensure your insurance plan covers you when you need it. Massachusetts already has strong insurance protections. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enhances these protections by eliminating limits on the amount of benefits you can receive.

Youth Services: Understanding Loss and Coping with Grief Resources

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To assist you in helping to cope with the recent tragedy in Hopkinton, here are some resources to support your child through grief and loss. The entire Town of Hopkinton offers our deepest sympathy to the Family. Hopkinton Youth Services will work with the Hopkinton Public Schools to support any child or family in need.

Click Here for Developmental Understanding of Death Handout for parents or see attachment.

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Vineyard Church Program Focuses on Spiritual and Physical Health

Vineyard Church Family Life Pastor Areli Biggers wanted to create a class for women at the church that combined exercise with spirituality. After reading the book "Running by the Book" by Corrine Baur, Biggers was inspired to base her class off of the principles of that book. The class, which is designed for women of all abilities, follows the book's 12-week guide of positive empowerment, with each week focusing on a different topic that relates the messages of bible scripture back to the challenges of exercise and pushing through adversity.

The 21 women in Biggers' class have been working extremely hard to meet the end goal of the program, to complete a 10k. At the end of the twelve weeks, the class will be participating in the AFA Veterans Fun Run in Bedford on November 9, 2013.

Although the class has been in session for a few weeks now, Biggers encourages all who are interested to still join the class, which meets Thursdays at either 9:30am or 6:30pm for cross training and on Saturday mornings for runs.

For more information about the class, visit www.vineyardhopkinton.org/get-plugged-in/for-women. Or contact Biggers at areli@vineyardhopkinton.org

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