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Physician Focus: Eliminating Disparities in Care

April 7th, 2014

Dr. Ronald Dunlap, Dr. Milagros Abreau

Twelve years ago, the Institute of Medicine, the independent health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, issued a groundbreaking report on health care and racial and ethnic minorities.

A road more traveled

April 7th, 2014

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Region – After enduring a particularly harsh winter, the snow is finally melting. Although winter was tough on our collective psyche, it was even tougher on local roadways leaving in its wake a record number of potholes. That's why legislators are hopeful that Gov. Deval Patrick will approve up to $300 million in funds to [...]

Now we need comfort foods

March 16th, 2014

Janice Lindsay

I came down with the measles a few days before my little sister did, so I felt a bit better by the time she was at her worst. Days passed as I lay in my bed across from hers, watching her struggle in a haze of fever and delirium.

The First Chapter

March 14th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – This summer the Shrewsbury Public Library will be undergoing the first phase of a major, $23.3 million renovation. But until that can happen, the library's 130,000-item collection needs to be relocated and housed offsite. Thanks to the efforts of two legislators, state Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, and state Rep. Matthew A. Beaton, [...]

Evil plastic thingies and other modern conveniences

February 23rd, 2014

Janice Lindsay

By Janice Lindsay When faced with a major life crisis, most of us rally. We face it, figure out what to do, and get on with it. It's the little things that drive us cuckoo. I recently bought a plush fleece baby blanket. The blanket was for somebody else. I wanted to give it unwrapped, [...]

A tale of two bridges

February 3rd, 2014

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Region – Recently, work to replace the 100-year-old Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge that spans Lake Quinsigamond reached a major milestone. The span, which connects Shrewsbury and Worcester via Route 9, is now handling all the traffic from the old structure. Once the old bridge is demolished, work will then start on the second half [...]

Heart Health Calls for Caution in the Cold

January 21st, 2014

Dr. Amjad AlMahameed

By Amjad AlMahameed, M.D. Winter and cold weather can pose serious risks to your health. Shoveling snow can trigger a heart attack; staying in the cold too long without protection can cause hypothermia; and frigid temperatures can increase blood pressure and narrow blood vessels, bringing on conditions like Raynaud's Phenomenon and Chilblains. By taking precautions, [...]

I join the world of apps

January 12th, 2014

Janice Lindsay

By Janice Lindsay I never paid attention to apps, never needed to. But now… According to Google, an app is “a self-contained program or piece of software designed to fulfill a particular purpose; an application, esp. as downloaded by a user to a mobile device.” I had no app-inclined mobile device. My cell phone was [...]

Algonquin makes the grade

January 10th, 2014

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Northborough – School administrators are pleased after Algonquin Regional High School received mainly positive reviews as part of an evaluation done by the New England Association and of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The process involves an extensive peer review by a team of teachers and administrators from both inside and outside the school district. NEASC [...]

Physician Focus: Violence and Mental Illness

December 4th, 2013

John Bradley, M.D. and Michael Tang, D.O., M.P.H. (photo/submitted)

The names bring unwanted reminders: Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Columbine, Washington Navy Yard. These are places associated with some of the most recent and deadliest mass shootings in United States history. Violent incidents such as these never fail to shock the nation and shake our national conscience.

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