Medical News

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


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.

Opticianry students gain a clearer vision for career success

Driven and determined are two words often used to describe Elisa Hornedo of Methuen. After all, she has excelled in academics since a young age, and has served as a strong role model for her three younger sisters.

Ebonie Woolcock, MD, MPH and Kraft Practitioner providing care at Bowdoin Street Health Center

Partners HealthCare and the Kraft family have collaborated to create the Kraft Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health. The Kraft Center aims to help develop the careers and leadership skills of excellent physicians and nurses who are committed ...

Making a physical exam your primary concern

An annual physical exam is the easiest way to prevent an illness. During a routine exam, you will have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked and undergo routine screenings. Those tests may identify diseases or ailments that you weren’t aware ...

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute observes National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

The U.S. House of Representatives has designated the third week of every April as “National Minority Cancer Awareness Week.”

Kidney failure: A leading cause of death in African Americans

Kidney failure is one of the leading causes of death in African Americans in this country. African Americans are almost four times as likely as whites to develop kidney failure, according to the National Kidney Disease Education Program. While blacks ...

Caring for the whole you

The Mattapan Community Health Center has created an innovative approach to behavioral health care by including this care directly with primary care. This effort was led in partnership with Boston Medical Center, Wheelock College, the Massachusetts Screening, Brief Intervention and ...

Kidney failure: A leading cause of death in African Americans

Chronic kidney disease, which results largely from diabetes and high blood pressure, is often preventable.

Partners HealthCare and College for America Provide Employees Opportunities for Educational Advancement

Partners HealthCare is working to ensure that all of its employees have access to a variety of educational opportunities that are well suited to their needs and lifestyles.

Almost 50 percent of cases of cancer are preventable

With healthy lifestyles almost half of the most common cancers can be prevented.

Heart disease: Myths vs. reality

Misperceptions about heart disease are common. Knowing the facts can save your life.

Heart disease in women

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women and kills more women than all types of cancer combined.