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State pursues water quality standards

Filed in Local Health News, Newsroom 4/18/19 at 3:41 pm     24     Cape Cod Times
State pursues water quality standards

The Massachusetts DEP is reviewing guidelines for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), currently at 70 parts per trillion but proposed to be reduced to 20 parts per trillion, based on studies and assessments of the chemicals.

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State Health Officials Warn of Possible Hyannis Measles Exposure

Filed in Local Health News, Newsroom 4/5/19 at 10:48 am     69     CapeCod.com
State Health Officials Warn of Possible Hyannis Measles Exposure

A person with a confirmed diagnosis of the illness visited the Whole Foods on Route 132 between 11:55 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. on March 28. State health officials said anyone who is not immune and visited the store may be at risk for developing measles. Click here for information about free measles (MMR) vaccine through […]

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Here’s what you should know about measles, after a warning last week

Filed in National Health News, Newsroom 3/6/19 at 12:56 pm     201     Boston Globe
Here’s what you should know about measles, after a warning last week

In the United States as of Feb. 21, the CDC has confirmed 159 cases so far this year in 10 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. That compares to 372 cases last year. Here’s what you should know.

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Damaged lungs, degraded muscles: Why flu makes you feel so bad

Filed in National Health News, Newsroom 1/2/19 at 12:41 pm     317
Damaged lungs, degraded muscles: Why flu makes you feel so bad

We all know the symptoms of influenza infection include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. But just what causes all the havoc? What is going on in your body as you fight the flu?We all know the symptoms of influenza infection include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. But just what causes all […]

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Dangers of Youth Vaping

Filed in Department News and Updates, Local Health News, Newsroom 1/2/19 at 12:28 pm     319     CapeCod.com
Dangers of Youth Vaping

Barnstable County’s Department of Health and Environment is warning of the dangers associated with e-cigarettes, particularly for young people. Department Officials say that a recent surge in vaping is giving rise to nicotine addiction in local youth.

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CDC: Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Filed in Emergency Preparedness, National Health News, Newsroom 1/2/19 at 12:10 pm     295
CDC: Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Learn how to prevent cold-related health problems and protect yourself during all stages of a winter storm.

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Learn More about BCDHE Programs Here!

Filed in Local Health News 12/21/18 at 2:41 pm     463
Learn More about BCDHE Programs Here!

Barnstable Channel 18 interviews Department of Health and Environment staff to showcase some of our varied and valuable services.

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FDA unveils sweeping anti-tobacco effort to reduce underage vaping and smoking

Filed in National Health News, Newsroom 11/20/18 at 4:51 pm     408     Washington Post
FDA unveils sweeping anti-tobacco effort to reduce underage vaping and smoking

On November 15th, the Food and Drug Administration launched a multi-pronged attack on the rising underage use of tobacco products, imposing sales restrictions on flavored e-cigarettes and announcing plans to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

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CDC: Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

Filed in National Health News, Newsroom 11/20/18 at 4:35 pm     389     Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC: Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

Everyone can practice food safety during the holidays.

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Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce

Filed in National Health News, Newsroom 11/20/18 at 4:20 pm     405     Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce

FOOD SAFETY ALERT!

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Prevent Illness from C. perfringens During the Holidays

Filed in National Health News, Newsroom 11/20/18 at 4:13 pm     340     FoodSafety.gov
Prevent Illness from C. perfringens During the Holidays

Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens) is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. CDC estimates C. perfringens causes nearly 1 million cases of foodborne illness each year in the United States.

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Now’s the time to get your kids the flu vaccine

Filed in National Health News, Newsroom 10/18/18 at 1:07 pm     411     Popular Science
Now’s the time to get your kids the flu vaccine

It’s only October, but we already have the first confirmed pediatric flu death of the season in the United States. Florida health officials announced that an unvaccinated child died between September 30 and October 6 of influenza B, which is generally the less-deadly virus of the four types of influenza in circulation.

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