Topics: Health

CHATHAM – It is arguably the most contentious issue facing Massachusetts voters this November. Ballot question 1 – “Nurse-Patient Assignment Limits Initiative” – is creating a response in the public that is contradictory and confusing. Competing ads claiming to represent the same people yet holding different positions appear regularly in the media, trust-worthy information on the proposal and its effect is scarce...

It was 100 years ago this month that, in the waning days of World War I, what was known as the Spanish flu killed between 20 and 50 million people around the world. And Chatham was not immune. All told, 175 cases of influenza were reported in Chatham during the fall of 1918, according to the annual town report. Things got so bad that on Oct. 1, 1918, the Chatham Monitor reported, that “the public schools, O...

Health Officials: Go On In, The Water’s Fine

By: Debra Lawless

Good news: The fresh and salt waters of Harwich, Chatham and Orleans have remained clean and safe for swimmers all summer, according to health agents in the three towns. “So far there have been no exceedances or failures of our beaches,” says Harwich Health Director Meggan Eldredge. “There are no complaints. Honestly, I don’t know of any last year, either.” One minor issue in 2017 was that Red River Beach had ...

CHATHAM - Chatham resident Ryann McIntire used to be sure she understood all there was to know about Lyme disease. "I thought you got a bite from a tick, you got a rash then took meds and it was over." That was until her own personal battle with Lyme began and she started to realize the elusive nature of this pernicious disease. Her first step was trying to pin down what was wrong with her. McIntire grew up in...

Oppenheims Give $250K To Cape Cod Healthcare

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Access to health care isn’t just a fundamental human right. It’s essential for vibrant communities and a strong local economy. That’s the perspective of David and Gail Oppenheim, who recently donated $250,000 to Cape Cod Healthcare, and it’s why they’re challenging their neighbors to contribute as well. “It’s something we think benefits the Cape in so many ways,” Mr. Oppenheim said. The Oppen...

HARWICH — Delphi Construction of Mashpee has begun the $6 million renovation and conversion of the former Thompson's Farm Market building across from Saquatucket Harbor into a new community health center for Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. Delphi Construction is presently renovating the first floor of the structure, also referred to as the Kennedy Building, which housed BackOffice Associates for a few years a...

You know you need more exercise to boost your energy, but you’re too tired to make dinner, much less go to the gym. It’s a vicious cycle, and one way to break it is, well, cycling. But with work and a busy schedule, who has time to go for a leisurely bike ride? Though it’s certainly not for everyone, cycling to work might be a good way to get regular exercise without consuming precious weekend time. The key, e...

When Dr. Mitch Tishler first opened his chiropractic office in Munson Meeting in October 1987, someone gave him a small ficus tree. That tree still stands in his light-filled examination room, where its branches tickle the ceiling. “All I do is water it once a week,” Tishler says of the tree. “I think it lives on love.” Like the ficus tree, Chatham Chiropractic Wellness Center has grown in place, and love i...

If you get your drinking water from a private well, a team of public health researchers would like you to volunteer for their study of harmful chemicals in the aquifer. Specifically, researchers are looking for wells that may be contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, a group of chemicals linked with chronic health problems. Often associated with airports and fire training academies ...

NORTH HARWICH — When it comes to fighting high blood pressure or diabetes, most people know the importance of a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. But healthy eating isn't always easy, since fresh produce can be expensive and junk food seems to be everywhere around us. A collaboration between the Family Pantry of Cape Cod and the Barnstable County Public Health Nurses is finding creative solut...

Film Tackles Topic Of Teen Anxiety

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — In a bid to teach teens and their families about anxiety disorders and the problems they can lead to, like substance abuse, Monomoy High School will soon be hosting a screening of the new documentary “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety.” “Anxiety disorders have been on the rise in the U.S. in youth populations probably in the last 10 years,” Harwich Youth Counselor Sheila House said. Nationall...

Lyme Disease Education Pays Public Health Dividends

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — About 20 years ago, Barnstable County brought Lyme disease education to the schools. They’re still doing it today, and there’s reason to believe the effort is paying off. Entomologist Larry Dapsis, the deer tick project coordinator for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, said he was approached by a Harvard researcher who was intrigued by the fact that Barnstable County is the only county in the sta...

Health: Lacing Up For Fun, Fitness

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM — At about 7:20 a.m. on a gray Thursday morning it’s 42 degrees and sprinkling when members of the Chatham Walkers convene in the breezy parking lot overlooking Oyster Pond. Bill Horrocks, a walker since 1994, is the first to arrive for the thrice-weekly three-mile walk. Over the next five minutes others drift in, including June Herold, one of this month’s walk leaders. “It’s fairly mild,” she say...

HARWICH — Having answered the planning board’s concerns about the shortage of parking, Outer Cape Health Services got the green light last week to build a medical center at the former Thompson’s Farm Market in Harwich Port. Construction is expected to begin shortly on the clinic, which will include 16 examination rooms, a lab and a pharmacy. Outer Cape Health holds a long-term lease on the building at 710 Ro...

Health: Clearing The Air Over Influenza

By: Alan Pollock

It seems the news lately is filled with stories about healthy young people who suddenly fell ill from influenza and died in a matter of days. The flu risk is real and problematic, but experts say the danger needs to be kept in perspective. This year’s influenza strain is of the H3N2 variant, which gained fame in 1968 as the source of the Hong Kong flu pandemic. The problem is that the vaccine produced for this...

Permitting Process For OCHS Clinic Under Town Microscope

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. has applied for necessary town permits to move forward with its proposal to establish a medical clinic on the first floor of the Kennedy Building across Route 28 from Saquatucket Harbor. OCHS was scheduled to go before the conservation commission last night for a request for determination of applicability for the project, which is located in the FEMA flood hazard zone...