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Department News and Updates Barnstable County Offers Immunization Program

Barnstable County Offers Immunization Program

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states vaccines are one of the greatest public health interventions of the 20th century, second only to clean water. That’s why Barnstable County Public Health Nurse Deirdre Arvidson, BSN is a strong proponent of immunization. She directs the Public Immunization Program delivered by the Barnstable County Department of Health […]

6/16/17 at 11:23 am     722     
National Health News, Newsroom Concerned about Vaccine Safety? Here are the Facts.

Concerned about Vaccine Safety? Here are the Facts.

A wailing child, a needle-wielding doctor — what parent wouldn’t feel a twinge, at least for one heart-stopping moment, and wonder whether a shot is truly necessary at this moment? Every year, vaccines prevent 6 million deaths worldwide, and numerous scientific studies have proven vaccines safe. Still, many parents have lingering worries about vaccines and […]

1/12/17 at 4:05 pm     1239          CNN
National Health News, Newsroom Young Women Know About Skin Cancer Risks — But They’re Still Using Tanning Beds

Young Women Know About Skin Cancer Risks — But They’re Still Using Tanning Beds

Even though just about every young woman is aware that tanning can lead to skin cancer, as well as premature aging, most of them continue to close their eyes and bake away. According to a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science, investigators conducted a survey about the indoor tanning habits and overall attitudes […]

1/12/17 at 3:59 pm     1058      ,     Yahoo
National Health News, Newsroom Doctors Reveal Photos of Zika’s Effects on 1st Person Infected in US by Virus

Doctors Reveal Photos of Zika’s Effects on 1st Person Infected in US by Virus

The first person to be infected locally during Florida’s Zika virus outbreak was nearly five months pregnant, according to a case study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study reveals how doctors figured out that a 23-year-old pregnant woman was the first person in the continental U.S. to be infected with […]

1/12/17 at 3:51 pm     1168          ABC News
National Health News, Newsroom Want to Spare Your Pet From Cancer? Stop Smoking Cigarettes.

Want to Spare Your Pet From Cancer? Stop Smoking Cigarettes.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland are urging pet owners who smoke to give up the habit for the sake of their animal companions. Research shows that pets are at greater risk from passive smoking than even humans are, because furry family members spend more time at home and on the floor, where […]

1/12/17 at 3:39 pm     980      ,     CapeCod.com
National Health News, Newsroom Study on Sun Protection Behavior, Skin Cancer Awareness

Study on Sun Protection Behavior, Skin Cancer Awareness

A large international survey on sun exposure behaviors and skin cancer detection found there are many imperfections and geographical inequalities in primary and secondary prevention of skin cancer. This information could help inform future awareness campaigns developed to address the global need to reduce mid- and long-term development of skin cancer.

1/12/17 at 3:31 pm     967      ,     ScienceDaily
Department News and Updates Barnstable County Employee Named to Federal Committee

Barnstable County Employee Named to Federal Committee

BARNSTABLE (MA) November 15, 2016 – A senior environmental specialist at the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment has been named to a Federal advisory committee. On November 15, 2016, Marina Brock will join 14 others on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Government Advisory Committee. The committee’s role is to provide advice to the […]

11/15/16 at 10:03 am     1251     
Local Health News Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force Announces Free Support Groups

Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force Announces Free Support Groups

The Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force announces the availability of free peer support groups for compulsive acquiring, saving and hoarding during the fall of 2016. These action-oriented self-help support groups, which are regularly offered across Cape Cod, are 15 sessions spread over 20 weeks. They are based on the book Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving […]

9/7/16 at 2:18 pm     1724