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Whittier Street Health Center receives grants to support its medical services

Whittier Street Health Center has been awarded $1.48 million in grants in support of the expansion of its medical services.

HPV vaccine remains underutilized

Although a vaccine for HPV has been available since 2006, the compliance rate remains low.

Osteoarthritis: Oh, those painful knees

Osteoarthritis, which can range from mild to severe, is one of the most debilitating diseases in this country.

Primary care physician: The CEO of your health

The primary care provider manages your health care. It is important to find one that fits your personal needs.

New kidney disease website launched

African Americans are more than three times as likely as whites to develop kidney failure. Once kidney function falls below a certain level, the only options for treatment are dialysis and transplantation.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Partners HealthCare are supporting young families

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Partners HealthCare understand that a lifetime of health begins at birth, which is why Brigham and Women’s Hospital has developed the Stronger Generations Initiative.

Regular screening can help prevent colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer. It is also largely preventable by regular screenings.

Over-the-counter drugs: A prescription for confusion

Many consumers mistakenly assume that over-the-counter drugs can do no harm. But when improperly used, these medicines are lethal, killing hundreds of Americans and causing tens of thousands of hospitalizations every year, federal data show.

Boston-based nonprofit uses dance, diet to fight obesity

Hub resident Destiny Edwards, now 13, made the decision to lead a healthier lifestyle and joined ShapeUp with Shaumba in 2012 to help.

STDs: Not always curable

Generally, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that are caused by bacteria or parasites are easy to treat. Often one dose or injection of antibiotics can do the trick.

What’s your number?

During regular checkups tests can be performed to evaluate the status of one’s health.

No age limit for vaccinations

You never outgrow the need for vaccinations. Protection from immunizations can wane over time and adults who were not vaccinated as children require catch-up shots.

Study raises questions about elderly, prescription drugs

Elderly Americans are prescribed medications in inexplicably different ways depending on where they live, according to a new report from Dartmouth researchers.

Former NFL star raises awareness of breast cancer in men

Ernie Green, 75, was a force to be reckoned with on the football field. He played seven seasons for the Cleveland Browns, and has two Pro Bowl appearances under his belt.

New hope for ovarian cancer screening

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most deadly cancer in women.

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