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Eastern Equine Ecephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes in Hopkinton

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in a predominantly bird biting species of mosquito called Culex. The Department also announced that Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus had been detected in a mammal biting species of mosquito called Perturbans. In 2011, 4,604 mosquito samples were tested for WNV and 275 samples were positive. Hopkinton had 0 WNV positive mosquito samples identified in 2011 but did have a positive EEE in October.

EEE Threat Raised to "High" in Westborough

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the detection of mammal-biting mosquitoes infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in New Bedford and Westborough. As a result, health officials have raised the EEE threat level to “High” in these two communities and recommend that outdoor evening events are curtailed there for the remainder of the summer. Ground-based spraying by mosquito control projects is ongoing in both New Bedford and Westborough and will be enhanced.

Legislatur​e Sends Prescripti​on Drug Monitoring Bill to Governor

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The Legislature today enacted final legislation that will reduce the number of people abusing or selling prescription pain killers, while also increasing opportunities for those battling addiction to receive treatment, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced.

The bill requires doctors, dentists and other practitioners to conduct drug history screens for new patients, creates a professional working group to recommend new prescribing standards for painkillers, and requires all prescriptions for painkillers, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, to be written on tamper-resistant pads.

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A Look Back at the 2012 Timlin Race

Over $35,000 was raised at this year's Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race. In its 9th year, the race has raised over $1 million dollars for the Angel Fund, a nonprofit organization aiming to find a cure for ALS.

Watch the HCAM News video as Event Director and Founder Abbie Rosenberg and this year's winner, Patrick Levenson, talk about their personal connection to ALS. Rosenberg believes that events like this are instrumental in helping raise awareness for, and ultimately finding a cure, for ALS.

Governor Signs Dementia Care Unit Protection Legislation

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Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Representative Carolyn Dykema providing increased protection for residents in dementia care units was signed into law on July 16 by Governor Patrick.

“This law closes a loophole in Massachusetts law that allowed nursing homes to advertise specialized dementia care units, even though their workers may have had no training in caring for such patients,” said Rep. Dykema. “Massachusetts consumers deserve to know that when their relative is in a “special dementia care unit” they will be receiving care that meets the highest level of standards.”

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Anna Gammal: A Member of the Medical Team for Sports Massage at Summer Olympics

In a little over a week, the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics will take place, but Hopkinton resident and massage therapist Anna Gammal is already in London. Gammal is headed to the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games as a member of the medical team for sports massage and will be working with athletes across all Olympic events at the Athlete's Village from July 27 through August 12.

It's not just the athletes who have to qualify. Gammal awent through an extensive interview process before being selected and is one of 800 massage therapists selected.

Partrick-Murray Administration Celebrates First Year of Municipal Health Care Reform

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BOSTON - Wednesday, July 11, 2012 – On the one-year anniversary of the landmark municipal health care reform law, Governor Deval Patrick announced today that more than 127 communities and school districts across the Commonwealth have collectively saved an estimated $175 million in health insurance premiums.

Statement from Mass Medical Society Regarding Decision on Affordable Care Act

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The US Supreme Court today upheld the federal health care reform law, ruling that the individual mandate is constitutional. To read the statement released from the Massachusetts Medical Society regarding the decision, Click Here..

National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Council Brings Campaign for Youth Fitness to Massachusetts

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The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils brought its multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign to Massachusetts today. The National Foundation supports youth fitness in schools by awarding innovative school programs with fitness centers. The program is open to all public or public charter elementary or middle schools in Gateway Cities across the state. A school selected by the National Foundation will be named a National Champion School and will receive a state-of-the-art Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center for their efforts.

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Hopkinton's New Drug Collection Unit Now in Place

No, it's not a recycling bin that now sits in the lobby of the police station, although part of its purpose is to keep Hopkinton green. But, instead it is a Drug Collection Unit (DCU), which will now make it more convenient for residents to properly dispose of unwanted prescription drugs.

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