Medical News

Reports on cancer treatment, prevention strategies and the latest breaking medical news from doctors at the local hospitals and community health centers.


More women may be eligible for breast-conserving surgery

Some cases of breast cancer can be treated by lumpectomy, a breast-conserving surgery. A recent study has found that more women than previously thought could be eligible for lumpectomy.

New guidelines for breast cancer screening

The American Cancer Society recently updated its screening guidelines for breast cancer. The ACS now recommends that women of average risk of breast cancer initiate screening at 45 rather than 40.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With 231,840 new cases expected in 2015, breast cancer is not only the most common cancer in women it beats out lung cancer by almost 11,000 to be the number one cancer in the country. Lung cancer is, however, the ...

Breast cancer awareness: Detection and prevention

Sadly, breast cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in women. But it is also a cancer doctors have researched thoroughly and know much about, so it can be treated effectively. Finding breast cancer early reduces the chances ...

Anxiety: When worry or panic takes over

Anxiety is the most common type of mental health disorder. It is most often characterized by panic attacks, phobias or generalized anxiety disorder.

Suicide: A tragic decision

Although suicide is more common in whites, it is the third leading cause of death in blacks and whites between the ages of 10 and 14. The incidence is increasing in blacks.

Major depressive disorder

Depression is one of the most harmful mental health disorders.

Bipolar disorder

People with bipolar disorder have mood swings that shift from depression to mania or hypomania.

Mental Illness

Mental illness is one of the most common health disorders. Yet, a large percentage of those afflicted do not get treated.

Mental health providers

Although psychiatrists are doctors trained in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, there are several other types of professionals that treat people with mental disorders.

Stigma of mental health: The sound of silence

A high percentage of people with mental health disorders often refrain from seeking care due to the stigma of mental health.

Insurance coverage increases the likelihood of getting preventive services

Screening tests can often find a disease before symptoms occur. The Affordable Care Act mandates that several screening tests be performed at no cost to the insured individual.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Immunizations are required for people of any age. Some conditions require one dose only while others are recommended yearly.

Partners HealthCare and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers collaborate to support young workforce

Community HealthCorps, a part of AmeriCorps, provides a diverse group of recent college graduates and veterans with opportunities as they enter the workforce. Young people participating in the Community HealthCorps Programs are given the chance to work in community health ...

Transient ischemic attack: A warning … and an opportunity

Although TIAs and stroke share symptoms, TIAs are transient and leave no permanent deficits. However, people who have a TIA are more likely to have a stroke.