World Immunization Week 2018 Observed April 24-30

posted on: 4/19/2018 9:38:17 AM

 

This year, World Immunization Week is April 24-30, 2018. The purpose of the week is to create awareness around the success of immunization and the important role it plays in the health and well-being of millions of people, worldwide. This year’s theme is “Protected together. #VaccinesWork”.



Immunizations save millions of lives and improve quality of life; they are safe and prevent illness and disability. They are considered one of the world’s most successful and cost effective health interventions. Immunizations help prevent people from falling into poverty due to medical costs. If the use of vaccines is stopped, diseases will return. Some of the diseases that are prevented by vaccines include:

  • Pertussis
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
Small pox has been eradicated. Polio maybe the next disease to be eradicated. 80% of the world’s children have been vaccinated against polio.

World-wide immunizations prevent 2-3 million deaths from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and measles.Vaccines prevent the spread of disease to the US from other countries through travel, trade and commerce.
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Alcohol Awareness Month Observed in April

posted on: 4/6/2018 1:54:49 PM

 

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance used in the U.S. 15.1 million people over the age of 18 have a diagnosis of AUD (alcohol use disorder); this is a medical condition used when a patient’s drinking causes distress or harm. Alcohol use disorder is the third leading lifestyle cause of death.

Some common signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse are:

  1. 1. Unable to limit the amount of alcohol that you drink.
  2. 2. Spending a lot of time drinking, getting alcohol or recovering from drinking.
  3. 3. Unable to fulfill obligations at work, home or school.
  4. 4. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms (nausea, sweating, shaking) when you don’t drink or you drink to avoid these symptoms.
  5. 5. Continuing to drink even if it is causing physical, social or interpersonal problems.


A standard drink in the US contains 0.6 ounces of alcohol; this amount equals:
  • 12 ozs beer
  • 8 ozs malt liquor
  • 5 ozs wine
  • 1.5 ozs or a shot of 80 proof spirits or liquor (gin, vodka, rum, whiskey)




No type of alcohol is safer than another type. All alcohol is equal in the affect it has on you and your body. It’s the amount that you drink that is important.

Alcohol affects every part of your body. It affects the central nervous system, is absorbed rapidly from the stomach and small intestine and metabolized in the liver. Some of the effects on your body include:

  • Central nervous system: lack of coordination, confusion, memory, judgment and decision-making (problems with decision making can cause motor vehicle accidents, falls, risky sexual behaviors and violent behaviors)
  • Liver: cirrhosis
  • Pregnant women: harm to developing fetus (fetal alcohol syndrome)


Excessive drinking includes:
  • Binge drinking: 4 or more drinks during 1 occasion for women in 2 hours, 5 or more for men
  • Heavy drinking: More than 1 drink/day for women, more than 2 for men
  • Drinking by pregnant women
  • Drinking by underage youth


For more information go to: www.cdc.gov/alcoh
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NEW Health Closed on Tuesday March 13

posted on: 3/12/2018 12:38:50 PM

 

Attention: due to reports of inclement weather, and for the safety of our patients and staff, NEW Health center will be closed on Tuesday, March 13. We will resume our normal business hours again on Wednesday, March 14. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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Celebrate Nutrition in March for National Nutrition Month

posted on: 3/6/2018 11:21:53 AM

 

March is National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is Go Further with Food! It's a good time to think about how the food we eat effects our bodies. Here are 5 quick tips to help you eat better and stay healthy:



  • Eat a variety of vegetables and fruit every day. Try to include a vegetable with every meal, even breakfast.
  • Drink water. Avoid all beverages that contain sugar; use cucumber, lemon, lime, or other fruit to add flavor to water.
  • Be mindful of portion sizes. Use smaller plates to help with portion control.
  • Plan meals and snacks ahead of time. Avoid becoming so hungry that you make poor food choices, be prepared.
  • Be physically active every day and get enough sleep.


NEW Health is happy to announce the addition of a new nutritionist to our team, Luisa Siniscalchi. If you would like to make an appointment with Luisa, ask your primary care doctor for a referral.
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Attention: we are closing early today

posted on: 3/2/2018 12:36:23 PM

 

Due to severe weather conditions, our health center will be closing at 3 pm today. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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February is National Kids Dental Health Month

posted on: 3/2/2018 10:51:27 AM

 

February is “National Kids Dental Health Month." Here are some guidelines for good dental health for your child:



Ages 4—24 months:

• Every child should have their first dental appointment before age 1.

• You should wash their gums with a wash cloth after each feeding.

• You can brush new teeth with a soft brush and water.



Ages 2—4 years:

• After your child knows not to swallow toothpaste, they should brush their teeth for 2 minutes twice a day.

• They should use a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

• They should have a dental check-up every 6 months.



5—7 years:

• They should continue care as above.

• They should add flossing as soon as 2nd teeth begin to touch.


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Learn to Spot the Differences Between Cold and Flu

posted on: 1/29/2018 12:49:04 PM

 

During winter months, many people typically experience cold and flu symptoms. It's important to know the signs of each one to better help recover. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has created a chart to help educate people on the differences between the two. The chart below details the difference between the cold and flu and can help you accelerate the recovery process.


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NEW Health will close at noon on 1/4 due to severe weather

posted on: 1/4/2018 10:40:45 AM

 

Due to heavy snowfall on Thursday, January 4, the health center is closing early at 12 PM. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for further updates. Thank you.
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November is COPD Awareness Month

posted on: 11/6/2017 11:37:17 AM

 



Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, commonly referred to as COPD, is a serious lung disease that makes it hard for people to breath.  COPD can also be referred to as chronic bronchitis or emphysema. When you have COPD, the airways are partially blocked so it makes it hard to get air in and out of your lungs. COPD can cause serious long term disability and early death. COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US.

Symptoms of COPD are:

  • A chronic, persistent cough
  • Increased mucus
  • Shortness of breath, especially during physical activity
  • Wheezing
  • A tight feeling in the chest

    Causes of COPD:
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Smoking cigarettes with asthma
  • Breathing in large amounts of chemicals or fumes
  • Genetics
  • Age

    If you smoke and have COPD, the most important thing that you can do is to stop smoking. You will notice an improvement in your breathing quickly. Treatment for COPD:
  • Bronchodilators (medicines that open your airways)
  • Corticosteroids (medicines that reduce swelling in the airways)
  • Pulmonary rehab program
  • Oxygen

    Other things that will help you live a healthier life include:
  • Get a flu shot every year.
  • Get the pneumonia shot
  • Keep your weight normal.
  • Get some exercise. Check with your doctor about what kind of exercise is best for you.
  • Pace your activities so that your lungs do not work too hard.
  • Reduce stress and relax.
  • Get emotional support.

    For more information contact the American Lung Association at 1-800-586-4872 or on line at www.lungusa.org or contact the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute on line at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/index.htm.
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