Zika Virus and the 2016 Olympics

With the 2016 Olympics fast approaching the media is gearing up for full coverage in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  This year’s events have already been in the news for a new concern, Zika Virus.

This is what we know from the CDC:

Zika virus spreads to people […]

July 21st, 2016|Public Health|Comments Off on Zika Virus and the 2016 Olympics

Improving Indoor Air Quality

Here are some tips on staying healthy as the colder weather drives you indoors:

Bad indoor air can trigger coughing, chest tightness, sore throat, watery or itchy eyes, difficulty breathing and asthma attacks.

Improve Your Air Quality:

Keep your home clean. Dusting, wiping down surfaces and vacuuming prevent allergens and pollutants from building up around […]

November 12th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Public Health, Public Safety|Comments Off on Improving Indoor Air Quality

Keeping Healthy in the Winter

Sharing some tips on how you and your families can minimize winter colds and avoid the flu this season:

The average adult catches two to four colds each year.* The cold virus thrives in the winter when humidity is low, and people are in closer contact with one another. While it […]

November 6th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Public Health, Public Safety|Comments Off on Keeping Healthy in the Winter

Better Business Bureau Issues Emergency-Preparedness List

The Better Business Bureau has issued the following in light of Hurricane Sandy’s arrival in the New England region.

The BBB recommends developing a family-communication plan and having the following emergency supply kit items on hand:

Emergency Documents Packet:

Social Security card
Birth certificate
Passport
Any other official, hard-to-replace documents
Contact information: Both your contact information and […]

October 29th, 2012|Community News, Home Damage, Property Damage, Public Health, Public Safety, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Better Business Bureau Issues Emergency-Preparedness List

Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Massachusetts Company

A recent meningitis outbreak has put thousands of patients in multiple states at medical risk, and 12 deaths to date.

Boston.com reports:

US health officials on Monday said that 13,000 patients in 23 states, including Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, have been injected with a potentially tainted steroid treatment made by […]

October 11th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Public Health, Public Safety|Comments Off on Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Massachusetts Company

Supreme Court Healthcare Decision

Last week, the Supreme Court’s landmark health care ruling was met with intense debate on both sides and considered by some to be a turning point in constitutional law. The decision can be read here in its entirety.

What is your opinion of the ruling?

 

July 2nd, 2012|Public Health|Comments Off on Supreme Court Healthcare Decision

Should You Worry About Lead in Your Lipstick?

According to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis conducted in December 2011, 400 lipstick products were found to contain trace amounts of lead.  The worst offenders, products by L’Oreal, contained about 7 parts per million of lead.  Others by Avon, Revlon, Cover Girl, and Maybelinne contained 4 or 5 […]

March 11th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Dangerous Products, Public Health|Comments Off on Should You Worry About Lead in Your Lipstick?

Over Half a Million Infant Tylenol Bottles Recalled

According to McNeil Consumer Healthcare, approximately 574,000 bottles of grape flavored liquid infant Tylenol, which were been distributed nationally, have been recalled.  The medicine is part of the Johnson & Johnson consumer health unit, which has been plagued by recent recalls.

The product recall has been made due to a problem […]

March 1st, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Defective Products, Product Recall, Public Health|Comments Off on Over Half a Million Infant Tylenol Bottles Recalled

High Arsenic Levels Found in Organic Foods and Baby Formula

A new study from Dartmouth University has reported that high levels of arsenic, a chemical that has been linked to cancer, chronic diseases, and developmental birth defects, has been found in foods that contain brown rice syrup as a primary ingredient.  Organic brown rice syrup is often used as a […]

February 28th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Dangerous Products, Food Safety, Public Health|Comments Off on High Arsenic Levels Found in Organic Foods and Baby Formula

Norovirus Popping up More Frequently in MetroWest Hospitals

Many area hospitals reported on Thursday that there has been an increase in the number of cases of the norovirus stomach bug.  The norovirus is a highly contagious illness that causes diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and dehydration.

Marlborough Hospital spokesperson Melissa Hodgson told reporters, “We’re seeing two to three people come […]

February 21st, 2012|Community News, Hospital Safety, Public Health|Comments Off on Norovirus Popping up More Frequently in MetroWest Hospitals

New Federal Standards Protect Against Mercury Dangers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has instituted strict new federal standards limiting pollution from power plants that are meant to protect human health, but these new standards may have an important side effect.  According to an environmental study released recently, a broad array of wildlife that has historically been endangered […]

February 8th, 2012|Community News, Negligence, Public Health, Public Safety|Comments Off on New Federal Standards Protect Against Mercury Dangers

Cured Meats Linked to Increase in Risk of Cancer

According to a new study from the British Journal of Cancer, there is a possible link between processed meat, like bacon and sausage, and pancreatic cancer.  The study showed that, for every 50 gram serving per day, the risk of pancreatic cancer increases up by 19 percent.

This link is in […]

January 24th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Dangerous Products, Food Safety, Public Health|Comments Off on Cured Meats Linked to Increase in Risk of Cancer

Major Grocery Store Recalls Cheesecakes

Major grocery store chain, Price Choppers, announced that three varieties of their cheesecakes are being voluntarily recalled because they contain eggs, which are not listed on the ingredients label.  The Price Chopper recall applies to three kinds of their 24 ounce cheesecakes: the raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry.

The company announced that […]

January 11th, 2012|Community News, Consumer Health and Safety, Defective Products, Product Recall, Public Health|Comments Off on Major Grocery Store Recalls Cheesecakes

Salmonella Contamination at Hannafords

Major supermarket chain Hannafords announced that it will be recalling ground beef with a sell-by date of December 17th because it may be contaminated with salmonella. While the sell-by-date is long passed, it’s important to check frozen meat.

The Scarborough Maine based company confirmed in the statement that it received reports […]

January 5th, 2012|Consumer Health and Safety, Food Safety, Public Health, Public Safety|Comments Off on Salmonella Contamination at Hannafords

New Study Reveals High Levels of Arsenic in Some Juices

A new study has revealed that there may be a potential danger lurking in some children’s juices.  On his TV show, Dr. Oz said, “some of the best known brands in America have arsenic in their apple juice.”

His statement sparked a serious controversy and ABC Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser […]

December 17th, 2011|Dangerous Products, Public Health, Public Safety, Toxic|Comments Off on New Study Reveals High Levels of Arsenic in Some Juices