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Today Is The Great American Smokeout

posted on: 11/16/2017 8:29:51 AM

 



Today is the Great American Smokeout; The Great American Smokeout happens every year on the third Thursday of November.  The first Smokeout was in California in 1976. It became a national event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, in 1977. Since its inception, the event has helped to change laws related to smoking.

The Great American Smokeout challenges smokers to stop using tobacco for one day. Quitting for just one day is an important step to living a healthier life. It also calls attention to the deaths and chronic illnesses that are caused by smoking.

Some facts about smoking:

  • 1 in 5 Americans smoke. That’s more than 43 million people.
  • Smoking kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, HIV, guns and illegal drugs combined.
  • Smoking causes many kinds of cancers including lung, larynx, and mouth.
  • Smoking causes COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
  • Smoking causes high blood pressure. It increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.
  • A pack of  cigarettes costs between $10 and $15.


For more information on how to quit contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345
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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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    October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    posted on: 10/5/2017 11:11:43 AM

     

    October is domestic violence awareness month. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional or psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically.

    Domestic violence can also be called intimate partner violence. Examples of intimate partner violence are current or former spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends, dating partners or sexual partners. Intimate partner violence can occur between heterosexual couples or same sex couples. This type of violence does not require sexual intimacy.


    Here are some statistics:
    • There are 10 million victims of domestic violence in the US every year.
    • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men are physically abused by an intimate partner.
    • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15%of all violent crimes.
    • 19% of intimate partner violence involves a weapon.
    • 40% of female murder victims are killed by an intimate partner.
    • In 2008, Massachusetts declared domestic violence a public health emergency.
    For more information contact: 
    1. HAVEN at MGH at 617-724-0054
    2. ncadv.org (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
    3. Massachusetts hotline 1-877-785-2020

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    Flu Vaccine Now Available

    posted on: 10/2/2017 9:29:30 AM

     

    We are currently offering flu vaccine to our adult and pediatric patients at scheduled primary care visits, so if you have a visit scheduled before the end of the November, you will get the vaccine in time for the usual flu season. Pediatric patients who get primary care at the health center can also make appointments just for the flu shot. However, at this time, adult patients can not make appointments just for the flu shot. Mass General’s open flu shot program for adults is now open and runs through December 8th, 8AM to 6PM on weekdays, in the main lobby of the Wang Building. You do not need an appointment for this walk-in service.

    The current recommendation is for all people ages 6 months and above to be vaccinated, though we will be paying particular attention to patients at high risk for complications of the flu. We encourage patients to get vaccinated at any site that is convenient, be it our facility at the time of an appointment, a town vaccination program, your worksite, a pharmacy, or the Mass General flu shot program that is now open. We will update both this hotline and our website on a regular basis to include any new information. We greatly appreciate your entrusting NEW Health to manage your health care needs.
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    NEW Health Suggests Eye Safety Tips During Eclipse

    posted on: 8/18/2017 11:21:52 AM

     

    On August 21, a total solar eclipse will touch the U.S. mainland for the first time since 1979, following a path that crosses the country from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Tens of millions of people who live within a 70-mile radius of its cross-country track will witness the eclipse in “totality”. The American Optometric Association (AOA), America’s family eye doctors, is urging Americans to view the eclipse with proper eye protection to avoid any temporary or permanent eye damage from the sun.



    • Be aware of harmful solar exposure. In general, you should never look directly at the sun without eye protection, even briefly. If you stare at the sun without protection, you may experience vision loss from “solar retinopathy”, damage to the retinal tissue at the back of your eye. There are no pain receptors in the retina, so your retina can be damaged before you realize it. There is no current treatment for solar retinopathy and vision loss may be irreversible.
    • Risks during the eclipse. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during “totality”, the brief total phase of a solar eclipse when the moon entirely blocks the sun, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality. Depending on your location, you may or may not be in the path of totality and its duration will vary. Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly. Even when 99% of the sun is obscured during the partial phase of the eclipse, the remaining crescent sun is still intense enough to cause retinal damage. Here in Massachusetts, we will not be in the path of totality, and thus it is critical to wear recommended eye protection at all times during this year’s eclipse. One of the safest ways to avoid any potential permanent vision loss is to watch the eclipse on the television.
    • Use approved solar eclipse viewers.The American Optometric Association encourages ordering solar eclipse glasses in advance and recommends referring to the American Astronomical Society’s website (https://eclipse.aas.org) for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Always supervise children using solar filters.
    • Other precautions. If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them. Sunglasses, smoked glass, unfiltered telescopes or magnifiers, and polarizing filters are unsafe. Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer – the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and can cause serious injury to your eyes.
    • Visit your doctor of optometry. Check in with an eye doctor at North End Waterfront Health for information about safely viewing the eclipse. If you experience any problems with your eyes or vision after the eclipse, our office will be able to provide you with the medical care you need.
    • To access additional information and educational materials on the solar eclipse, visit org/2017eclipse or https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.


    Continue to follow NEW Health for more health and wellness tips and information.
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    NEW Health Celebrates National Health Center Week

    posted on: 8/11/2017 9:06:05 AM

     

    From August 13-19, 2017, community health centers across the country will be celebrating National Health Center Week. National Health Center Week is an annual event meant to bring awareness to community health centers across the country, and to highlight all they do for their host communities. Organizations all across the nation will be holding events throughout the week.

    NEW Health has special cause to celebrate this week, as NEW Health CEO, Jim Luisi is set to be inaugurated as the head of the National Association of Community Health Centers at the end of this month. The position is one of great significance, as Mr. Luisi will be tasked with looking after the more than 1,400 community health centers across the country, as well as the 25 million patients they serve.

    NEW Health will be participating in two events this week. The first is the North End Jamboree on August 17, from 12 PM - 3 PM. The second is Unity Day in Charlestown on August 19, from 12 PM - 4pm.
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    How to Stay Safe During a Heat Emergency

    posted on: 7/3/2017 8:40:51 AM

     

    It's summer and hot temperatures are here. During periods of extreme heat it is important that you find ways to stay cool and safe. Here are some terms that are used to describe heat conditions:

    • Heat wave: 3 or more consecutive days of temperatures of 90 degrees F.
    • Excessive heat warning: daytime highs of 105 degrees F.
    • Heat advisory: daytime highs between 100-104 F for 2 or more hours.
    Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your family safe and healthy:
    • Drink plenty of fluids. Don't wait until you feel thirsty to drink fluids. Water is the best drink. It is important to avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar and caffeine.
    • Never leave anyone, including pets, in a car. Temperatures can rise as much as 20 degrees in 10 minutes. Anyone left in a car is at risk for heat stroke or even death.
    • Be sure to wear lightweight and light colored clothes that are loose fitting. Don't forget the sunscreen! Sunburn can affect the body's ability to cool itself. It can also cause your body to lose fluid.
    • Schedule any outdoor activities for early morning or evening hours. Pace yourself and rest often. If you have to be outdoors during the day, wear a hat and sunglasses and stay in the shade as much as possible.
    • Stay indoors, especially during the hottest part of the day. Stay in air conditioning as much as possible. If you do not have air conditioning, go to a mall or other air conditioned spot. The cooling center for the North End is the Nazzaro Community Center located at 30 North Bennet St. For more information you can call the center at 617-635-5166.
    • Be sure to check on those most at risk during a heat emergency. They include people over the age of 65, infants and children under 4 years of age, people who are ill or overweight and anyone who does not have air conditioning.
    For more information go to https://www.boston.gov/departments/emergency-management/heat-safety
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    Celebrate "Don't Fry-Day" on May 26

    posted on: 5/19/2017 11:04:01 AM

     

    Don’t Fry Day is on the Friday before Memorial Day. This year the date is May 26. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. There are more than 1 million reported cases every year and it is on the rise.

    Here is a simple way to remember what you need to do to help prevent skin cancer:

    SLIP (on a shirt. Wear protective clothing)

    SLOP (on 1 ounce of broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30)

    SLAP (on a hat)

    WRAP (on sunglasses)

    Some other tips for staying safe in the sun:

    • Be sure to get your Vitamin D safely though vitamin supplements and food.
    • Use extra care near water and sand.
    • Stay in the shade especially between 10 and 4.
    • Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating.


    For more information go to: www.epa.gov/sunsafety/dontfryday
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    NEW Health Now Offering Text Message Service for Appointment Reminders

    posted on: 5/12/2017 1:05:51 PM

     

    North End Waterfront Health is pleased to start offering a text messaging service for patient appointment reminders. The service is available for all departments, except dental, and is offered in English and Spanish. Patients who have provided a cell number will be automatically enrolled; those who did not will continue to receive phone call reminders. To opt out of the text service, simply send a reply message to the Televox service.
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    May is Healthy Vision Month

    posted on: 5/3/2017 9:30:05 AM

     



    Taking care of your eyes can benefit your overall health. Healthy vision can help keep you safe. Many eye diseases do not have symptoms so it is important to make eye health a priority and get regular eye exams. Here are 4 steps to protect your sight:

    Get a dilated eye exam

    Ask your eye care provider how often this exam is needed for you.

    Live a healthy lifestyle

    This means eat healthy food, maintain a healthy weight, manage chronic conditions and don’t smoke.

    Know your family history

    Some eye diseases are hereditary

    Wear protective eyewear

    Protect your eyes when doing household chores, on the job and while playing sports. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays.

    Call your eye care provider if you have any of the following:



      •Decreased vision

      •Eye pain

      •Drainage or redness

      •Double vision

      •Diabetes

      •Floaters

      •Circles around a light source

      •Seeing flashes of light


    For more information go to www.nei.nih.gov
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    April 24-29 is Sleep Awareness Week

    posted on: 4/25/2017 9:06:45 AM

     

    April 23 to April 29, 2017 is Sleep Awareness Week. We need between 7-8 hours of sleep every night. As people age, their sleep patterns may change, but older adults still have the same requirements for sleep as younger people.

    Older people tend to nap more, get sleepier early in the evening, and wake up earlier in the morning. These habits make it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Also, older adults may wake up more often to go to the bathroom. They may also have heartburn, arthritis, menopause or cancer which may cause pain or discomfort. Lung disease and heart failure can also make it harder to sleep. Stress can also impact the amount of sleep a person can get each night.

    Why we need sleep:

    • Body and brain need rest

    • Prepares body for the next day

    • The brain has time to sort and store information, replace chemicals, and solve problems

    Signs of Insomnia:

    • Waking up tired

    • Waking up many times during the night

    • Waking up early and being unable to get back to sleep

    • Taking a long time…longer that 30-45 minute………to fall asleep

    Lack of sleep can cause:

    • Depressed mood

    • Attention and memory problems

    • Excessive daytime sleepiness

    • More nighttime falls

    • To use more over the counter or prescription sleep aids

    • Low energy

    • Problems thinking and doing things

    • Delayed response time

    • Car accidents

    • Unable to complete normal tasks after 2 days without sleep

    • Hallucinations after 5 days without sleep

    Tips for a good night sleep:

    • Establish a ritual for bedtime: for example brushing teeth, washing face

    • Set a schedule: go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every am, even on weekends.

    • Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature.

    • Avoid eating or drinking alcohol or caffeine right before going to bed.

    • Exercise: try to get 20-30 min/day at least 5-6 hours before bedtime.

    For more information go to cdc.gov/sleep
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    Sugar Sweetened Beverages Pose Significant Health Risks

    posted on: 3/6/2017 3:34:51 PM

     

    March is National Nutrition month; it is a good time for a refresher on the potential health risks of consuming too many sugar sweetened beverages. Sugary drinks are a major cause of the obesity epidemic in the United States; they have been linked to poor diets, weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. Soda is the number one source of added sugar in our diets.

    The amount of sugar in beverages:

    1. 1. 20 oz of soda 17 teaspoons of sugar
    2. 2. 16 oz of sweetened tea 15 teaspoons of sugar
    3. 3. 20 oz sports drink 9 teaspoons of sugar


    Some alternatives to sugary beverages:
    1. 1. Water
    2. 2. Non-fat or low-fat milk
    3. 3. 100% fruit juice (limit juice to ½ cup/day)
    4. 4. Unsweetened iced tea
    5. 5. Seltzer


    About half of the U.S. population over the age of two consumes a sugar sweetened drink every day. More men than women drink soda; teens and young adults drink more than any other age group. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 3 cans of soda/week.
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    Sugar Sweetened Beverages Pose Significant Health Risks

    posted on: 3/6/2017 3:29:33 PM

     

    March is National Nutrition month; it is a good time for a refresher on the potential health risks of consuming too many sugar sweetened beverages. Sugary drinks are a major cause of the obesity epidemic in the United States; they have been linked to poor diets, weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. Soda is the number one source of added sugar in our diets.

    The amount of sugar in beverages:



    1. 20 oz of soda 17 teaspoons of sugar


    2. 16 oz of sweetened tea 15 teaspoons of sugar


    3. 20 oz sports drink 9 teaspoons of sugar


    Some alternatives to sugary beverages:

    Water

    Non-fat or low-fat milk

    100% fruit juice (limit juice to ½ cup/day)

    Unsweetened iced tea

    Seltzer

    About half of the U.S. population over the age of two consumes a sugar sweetened drink every day. More men than women drink soda; teens and young adults drink more than any other age group. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 3 cans of soda/week.
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    Sugar Sweetened Beverages Pose Significant Health Risks

    posted on: 3/6/2017 3:27:54 PM

     

    March is National Nutrition month; it is a good time for a refresher on the potential health risks of consuming too many sugar sweetened beverages. Sugary drinks are a major cause of the obesity epidemic in the United States; they have been linked to poor diets, weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. Soda is the number one source of added sugar in our diets.

    The amount of sugar in beverages:

    20 oz of soda 17 teaspoons of sugar

    16 oz of sweetened tea 15 teaspoons of sugar

    20 oz sports drink 9 teaspoons of sugar

    Some alternatives to sugary beverages:

    Water

    Non-fat or low-fat milk

    100% fruit juice (limit juice to ½ cup/day)

    Unsweetened iced tea

    Seltzer

    About half of the U.S. population over the age of two consumes a sugar sweetened drink every day. More men than women drink soda; teens and young adults drink more than any other age group. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 3 cans of soda/week.
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    Sugar Sweetened Beverages Pose Significant Health Risks

    posted on: 3/6/2017 3:26:52 PM

     

    March is National Nutrition month; it is a good time for a refresher on the potential health risks of consuming too many sugar sweetened beverages. Sugary drinks are a major cause of the obesity epidemic in the United States; they have been linked to poor diets, weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. Soda is the number one source of added sugar in our diets.

    The amount of sugar in beverages: 20 oz of soda 17 teaspoons of sugar 16 oz of sweetened tea 15 teaspoons of sugar 20 oz sports drink 9 teaspoons of sugar

    Some alternatives to sugary beverages: Water Non-fat or low-fat milk 100% fruit juice (limit juice to ½ cup/day) Unsweetened iced tea Seltzer

    About half of the U.S. population over the age of two consumes a sugar sweetened drink every day. More men than women drink soda; teens and young adults drink more than any other age group. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 3 cans of soda/week.
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    Friday February 3, 2017 is national “Go Red for Women” day. People are asked to wear red to raise awareness about the rate of heart disease in women.

    posted on: 1/30/2017 9:43:06 AM

     

    Friday February 3, 2017 is national “Go Red for Women” day. People are asked to wear red to raise awareness about the rate of heart disease in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States. In fact, more women than men die each year from heart attacks. 1 in 3 women die from heart disease or stroke every year while 1 in 30 women die from breast cancer. Women may have different symptoms than men and are often not aware that they are having a heart attack.

    The symptoms that women are likely to have are:

    1. Pain or discomfort in the arms, back of the neck, jaw, back or stomach.
    2. Shortness of breath
    3. Cold sweat
    4. Nausea
    5. Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
    6. Unusual fatigue


    A symptom more common in men is an uncomfortable pressure or squeezing or pain in the mid chest that lasts longer than a few minutes. This symptom can also be present in women. If you develop any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

    The risk factors for heart disease are:
    1. High cholesterol
    2. High blood pressure
    3. Diabetes
    4. Cigarette smoking
    5. Obesity or being overweight
    6. Poor diet
    7. Lack of physical activity
    8. Alcohol use


    To reduce your risk of developing heart disease:
    1. Exercise 30-60 minutes on most days
    2. Maintain a healthy weight
    3. Quit smoking
    4. Eat a heart healthy diet that is low in fat, cholesterol and salt.

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    CDC's Tips for a Healthy 2017

    posted on: 1/3/2017 3:37:02 PM

     

    The New Year has arrived and with it, many resolutions and goals to set for ourselves. Improving health is always high on the list, but it can seem like a big task. Becoming healthier in 2017 doesn’t have to be hard; here are some tips from the CDC that take 5 minutes or less to do and can drastically improve your health:

    1. 1. Wash your hands
    2. 2. Fight the urge to smoke or use tobacco (urges usually pass within 2 minutes)
    3. 3. Protect your skin (use sunscreen with SPF 30 and insect repellent with DEET)
    4. 4. Buckle up in vehicles
    5. 5. Protect your hearing
    6. 6. Read food labels
    7. 7. Test smoke alarms
    8. 8. Know your numbers (blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol)
    9. 9. Be up to date on vaccinations
    10. 10. Place infants on back to sleep


    For more information go to cdc.gov/healthynewyear. Continue to follow North End Waterfront Health for more health and wellness tips and information.
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    National Hand Washing Week is December 4-10, 2016

    posted on: 11/28/2016 12:47:04 PM

     

    Hand washing is the most important step you can take to avoid getting sick and stopping the spread of germs. There are 5 steps to hand washing:

    1. 1. Wet under running water.
    2. 2. Lather with soap.
    3. 3. Scrub for 20 seconds.
    4. 4. Rinse under running water.
    5. 5. Dry hands with towel or air dry.


    You can us an alcohol based hand sanitizer. It should be at least 60% alcohol. Apply to hands and rub until dry. Hands should be washed:
    1. After sneezing/coughing/blowing nose.
    2. After using toilet.
    3. Before and after eating.
    4. After handling waste/emptying trash.
    5. After touching money/handles of shopping carts/railings.
    6. After playing.
    7. After touching animals.
    8. Before handling food.
    9. After touching raw meats, poultry and fish.
    10. When arriving at work.
    11. Anytime you change tasks (go from one thing to another)

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    Thanksgiving Food Safety

    posted on: 11/21/2016 10:19:02 AM

     

    Thanksgiving is a time to share good food with friends and family. Here are some tips to make it a safe and healthy day:

    1. 1. Thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator or microwave. It can take 2 to 5 days to thaw a 20 pound turkey in the refrigerator.
    2. 2. Do not wash the turkey. This can spread bacteria in your kitchen.
    3. 3. Cook the turkey until it reaches 165 degrees on a food thermometer.
    4. 4. Keep raw turkey away from other food.
    5. 5. Use different cutting board for each food.
    6. 6. Wash hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds before touching food.
    7. 7. Never leave cooking food unattended.
    8. 8. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
    9. 9. Do not store stuffing in the turkey.
    10. 10. Do not eat leftover food that is more than 3 days old.


    For more information go to foodsafety.gov
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    Flu Shot Available at MGH

    posted on: 10/20/2016 4:14:08 PM

     

    For anyone who has a Mass General record number, there are still 3 weeks you can get a flu shot at their public flu shot program:

    Wang Bldg Main Lobby – Monday-Friday, 8AM – 6PM, Last day is November 11th

    Blum Center, White 1st floor – Monday Dec 5th -Wed Dec 7th, 8AM – 4PM

    No appointment is necessary
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    Flu Shot Available at MGH

    posted on: 10/20/2016 4:13:21 PM

     

    For anyone who has a Mass General record number, there are still 3 weeks you can get a flu shot at their public flu shot program:

    Wang Bldg Main Lobby – Monday-Friday, 8AM – 6PM, Last day is November 11th

    Blum Center, White 1st floor – Monday Dec 5th -Wed Dec 7th, 8A – 4P

    No appointment is necessary
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    Emergency Preparedness Month

    posted on: 9/19/2016 12:11:12 PM

     

    September is “Emergency Preparedness Month;” it’s a good time to review or make a safety plan. Everyone should have an emergency family plan; a plan is needed for all emergencies not just for a terror emergency. There are weather emergencies such as hurricane or blizzard and emergencies related to loss of power or water. Every family should have a plan that is specific to the needs of your family. Once you have a plan be sure to follow it.

    Your family plan should include the following:

    1. Establish a family meeting place.

    2. Have all emergency phone numbers (fire, police, MD, hospital) in your phone.

    3. Have a family emergency contact person. This can be an out of town person because they may be easier to reach than someone closer to the emergency.

    4. Have all of your important documents together in a waterproof, portable container. These documents should include birth certificates for all family members, passports, social security and insurance cards, bank and housing documents.

    5. Have a family emergency kit. This should include 1staid supplies and all of your family’s medications. You will need to have a supply kit ready that should include infant formula, water, and non-perishable food for 5 days. Be sure to check your supplies every 6 months. Replace any supplies that have passed their expiration date. You should have a flashlight with extra batteries and a battery powered radio.

    6. Remember that the family car should have a full tank of gas, a flashlight and emergency flares. It is also a good idea to keep the car stocked with water and snacks. In the winter, keep blankets in the car.

    7. Have cash and coins as ATMs may not be accessible.

    8. Don’t forget about your pets.

    9. Plan to commit a weekend to updating telephone numbers, buying emergency supplies and reviewing your emergency plan with everyone involved.

    For more information go to: Ready.gov. Continue to follow NEW Health for the latest health and wellness news and information.
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    Heat Safety when Playing Sports

    posted on: 8/16/2016 11:55:15 AM

     

    Summer heat and humidity can be dangerous for athletes as they get ready for the fall season. Here are some steps that coaches can take to keep the athletes safe:

    1. Schedule practices during the coolest part of the day; early in the day or in the evening.

    2. Have the athletes take frequent and longer breaks when it is hot.

    3. Take a water break every 20-30 minutes.

    4. Have athletes wear lighter clothes and limit the amount of heavy equipment used.

    5. Have the athletes inform coaches when they do not feel well.

    6. Know the signs of heat related illness or emergencies.

    Signs of heat related illness:

    1. Headache/dizziness

    2. Rapid pulse

    3. Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

    4. Skin is red and dry or cool and pale

    5. Shallow breathing

    6. Muscle cramping

    7. Seizures

    8. Loss of consciousness/collapse

    Basic treatment for heat related illness:

    1. Call 911

    2. Move athlete to a shaded area or air conditioned room

    3. Remove equipment and unnecessary clothing

    4. Apply ice packs to neck, arm pits and groins.

    5. Have athlete drink fluids if able.

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    NEW Health Celebrates National Health Center Week, August 7-13

    posted on: 8/9/2016 11:52:57 AM

     



    North End Waterfront Health is part of a network of more than 1500 “federally qualified” health centers nationwide serving more than 24 million Americans. They provide a range of preventive primary care services- including screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer – to one in 14 Americans. For more than 50 years, our mission has been to meet the health care needs of our diverse patient populations.

    Health centers go beyond traditional health care to address the factors in the community that may cause disease: stress, nutrition and food insecurity, unemployment, poverty, substance abuse, mental health and much more. In addition, NEW Health as a patient centered medical home provides most services under one roof: primary care, pediatrics, adolescent care, geriatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, vision, dental, podiatry, lab and x-ray, behavioral health and substance use disorders. Seeing the tremendous need for health care in the Charlestown Public Housing Development, we established health centers there and at Charlestown High School with federal dollars under the Affordable Care Act.

    The Board of NEW Health is always looking for community input into what additional services should be provided or how to improve current services. Our aim is to not only provide affordable care, but approach health in the broader context of community and population health. It is working — we see improved health outcomes and a healthier overall community for our residents.

    We are proud of our role in keeping communities and people strong and healthy and invite you to visit our health center during National Health Center week from August 7-13.
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    Dealing with Seasonal Allergies

    posted on: 8/9/2016 11:52:46 AM

     



    The warm weather is back, and with it: seasonal allergies.

    About 20% of people have allergic rhinitis. Symptoms may include runny nose, itchy watery eyes and nasal congestion. People with asthma or a family history of allergies are at a greater risk of developing allergies. People may suffer from either seasonal rhinitis (symptoms at various times of the year) or perennial rhinitis (symptoms all year long).

    Pollen can send the immune system into overdrive. The immune system releases antibodies that attack the allergens which lead to the release of histamine. Histamine causes all of the allergy symptoms.

    The most common triggers are trees, grass, ragweed, weed and mold. During the pollen season, people should stay indoors as much as possible and keep the windows closed. Below is a list of the pollen seasons for the New England area:

    Tree pollen: March to June

    Grass pollen: May to August

    Weed pollen: July to October

    Ragweed pollen: August to October

    Mold is present all year. Mold spore levels change due to weather conditions such as wind, rain or temperature. Mold grows in warm and damp places. Indoor mold can be controlled by getting rid of the cause.

    There are several things that you can do to help your allergy symptoms. It can be helpful to run the a/c in your home and car during allergy season. It’s a good idea to stay indoors on windy days. There are several over-the-counter medications that can be used to treat the symptoms. They include oral antihistamines, decongestants and nasal sprays. Always check with your health care provider before taking any new medications.

    You should see your health care provider for severe symptoms that don’t respond to over the counter medications. You may need skin testing or blood tests to find out what is triggering your symptoms. These test results will help your health care provider find a treatment for your symptoms. Follow NEW Health for more information and tips on health and wellness.
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    NEW Health Charlestown is Hiring!

    posted on: 7/18/2016 8:29:14 AM

     

    NEW Health Charlestown, a health center set to open this fall at 15 Tufts Street, is hiring for several clinical and administrative positions.

    The health center is a satellite of North End Waterfront Health, a federally funded health center located at 332 Hanover Street in the North End. NEW Health Charlestown will provide a number of comprehensive services, including adult primary care, adolescent primary care, pediatric primary care, behavioral health care, vision care, and dental care. The health center also offers other specialty services, such as OB/GYN, podiatry, laboratory, radiology, social services, interpreter services, and transportation.

    NEW Health Charlestown is looking to fill customer service, facility support, medical assisting and other clinical positions and more.

    We are hiring for the following positions:

    Clinical Social Worker, LCSW. Click here to view position.

    Nurse Practitioner (MSN). Click here to view position.

    Clinical Social Worker, LCSW – Part-time. Click here to view position.

    Substance Abuse Staff Nurse. Click here to view position.

    Patient Service Coordinator – . Click here to view position.

    Patient Service Coordinator – . Click here to view position.

    Triage Staff Nurse – . Click here to view position.

    Medical Assistant. Click here to view position.
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