| Posted On Sep 25, 2013 | By:

Looking For Whole Grains? Think Outside the Cereal Box

Are you trying to eat more whole grains?  Chances are, even if you’re not trying, you are eating more, and that’s a good thing.   A few years ago, the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines advised everyone to eat more whole grains by replacing at least half of our refined grains with whole grains.  As a result, food manufacturers, food service providers, and even fast food restaurants have gotten on board to create more whole grain options and help inch us toward that goal.

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| Posted On Sep 23, 2013 | By:

Treating Heartburn and GERD: Use Nexium, Prilosec, and other PPIs carefully

Heartburn is a feeling of burning pain in your lower chest, behind the breastbone. It comes from acid backing up from your stomach to your throat. You may have seen ads for heartburn drugs, such as Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid. These drugs are called PPIs (proton pump inhibitors). They keep the stomach from making too much acid. In most cases, you don’t need a PPI for heartburn. You can get relief from a less powerful drug.

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| Posted On Sep 12, 2013 | By:

Health Planning Council Begins to Tackle State Health Resource Planning

Last year’s payment reform bill, “An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs Through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation” (Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012), was established to take a long-needed look at healthcare resources throughout the state of Massachusetts in the hopes of better rationalizing our healthcare system.

As part of Chapter 224, the Health Planning Council was created within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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| Posted On Sep 10, 2013 | By:

Making Sense of a Prescription Medicine Label

I admit it: there’s a lot of information packed onto a prescription medicine label.  It’s all appropriate and necessary information, but it can also be overwhelming and confusing to interpret the abbreviations and small print.  To add to the confusion, one pharmacy’s label may place information in a different location than another pharmacy’s label does, creating a frustrating game of “hide and seek.”

Understanding your medicine label gives you the power to take what’s inside correctly and protect your health.

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| Posted On Sep 06, 2013 | By:

An Important Back-to-School To-Do

Back-to-school time is officially upon us.  It can be a busy time – updating the calendar with lots of events, buying additional  school supplies, filling out forms, figuring out new schedules – but it’s important to add one more item to your to-do list: making sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.

Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health – and that of classmates and the community. 

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