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Department News and Updates Orleans’ citizen’s group points out new work by county

Orleans’ citizen’s group points out new work by county

ns has been working on solving its wastewater issues for more than a decade, and within that time a few citizen groups have sprung up to advocate different solutions. One group, the Orleans Water Alliance, recently put out an announcement highlighting a new technology piloted by George Heufelder, the Barnstable County Health Director.

2/19/16 at 2:35 pm     1370          Wicked Local
National Health News Binge Drinking Dangerous for Young Adults

Binge Drinking Dangerous for Young Adults

g an occasional drink is fine, but “binge” drinking is a known health hazard and now high blood pressure may need to be added to the list of possible consequences. Young adults in their twenties who regularly binge drink have higher blood pressure which may increase the risk of developing hypertension, concludes a study conducted […]

2/19/16 at 12:03 pm     1370      ,     Medical Xpress
National Health News Walgreens Pharmacy to Offer Naloxone, Medication Disposal in some Areas

Walgreens Pharmacy to Offer Naloxone, Medication Disposal in some Areas

eens today announced the launch of a comprehensive new effort to combat drug abuse, introducing two programs that address key contributors to the crisis. In the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer, Walgreens will install safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores in 39 states and Washington, D.C., primarily […]

2/11/16 at 2:00 pm     1233      ,     Walgreens
National Health News Zika Virus: What Happened When

Zika Virus: What Happened When

it was first discovered in Uganda in 1947, Zika virus was known mostly as a short-lived and mild illness. In 2015, that all changed. An outbreak in Brazil is suspected of causing cases of a serious birth defect, microcephaly, and a potentially crippling disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome. As the mosquito-borne illness spreads across the Americas, […]

2/10/16 at 3:06 pm     1226      ,     NPR
National Health News New Lyme-disease-causing Bacteria Species Discovered

New Lyme-disease-causing Bacteria Species Discovered

enters for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, report the discovery of a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) that causes Lyme disease in people. Until now, Borrelia burgdorferi was the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America. Scientists […]

2/9/16 at 11:31 am     1451      ,     Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Local Health News Discounted Tick Testing Now Available

Discounted Tick Testing Now Available

Cod Cooperative Extension received a grant from Cape Cod Healthcare under their Community Benefits program for 2016.  The grant will subsidize tick testing by the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology.  Cape Cod residents will pay $15/test that normally costs $50.  The test results are intended to help doctors better diagnose tick-borne diseases like Lyme, […]

2/4/16 at 10:37 am     3216      , , , ,     Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Local Health News 3 projects, 6 towns, a cleaner Buzzards Bay: $575K in grants will reduce pollution from wastewater

3 projects, 6 towns, a cleaner Buzzards Bay: $575K in grants will reduce pollution from wastewater

Coalition-sponsored projects have received over $575,000 in federal grant money to seek new ways to solve Buzzards Bay’s nitrogen pollution crisis in six different towns, from Mattapoisett to Falmouth. These projects were the top grants awarded by the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program with funding from the U.S. EPA’s Southeast New England Program. All three […]

2/2/16 at 12:07 pm     1165      , ,     The Buzzards Bay Coalition Blog
Staff in the Community A County Composting Effort

A County Composting Effort

ding composting capabilities on the Cape is the focus of the Barnstable County Food Waste Subcommittee of the Cape and Islands Health Agents Coalition, started late last year. The committee, headed by David Quinn, municipal assistance coordinator for Barnstable County/MassDEP and Amy L. Alati at the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, includes trash […]

2/2/16 at 11:58 am     1020      ,     The Falmouth Enterprise