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Bone Health for Survivorship

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 13, 2018 11:00:00 AM

June is National Cancer Survivorship month and we feel it’s important to use this opportunity to share valuable information that will help our patients live their lives to the fullest extent.

Osteoporosis affects more than 10 million Americans. It is often called a silent disease because there are usually no symptoms in the early stages. For cancer survivors, osteoporosis can develop as a side effect of cancer treatments including cancer-related surgeries that can put women in early menopause. 

We talked to Khelda Jabbar, MD, primary care physician at South Shore Medical Center, who leads the Bone Health Program. Learn more about osteoporosis and the importance of bone health especially for patients who have undergone cancer treatment.

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Why Len Bicknell Rides the Pan-Mass Challenge for Team SSHS

Posted by Len Bicknell, Team SSHS Pan-Mass Challenge Team Captain on Jun 12, 2018 9:10:00 AM

My wife and I spent the night on a Massachusetts Maritime Academy training ship. The bunk was too hard, the room was too cold, and my aching legs kept me from getting much sleep. When Dolly’s watch alarm went off at 3:45AM, I was eager to get off the boat and get back on my bike. 

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Topics: As One, Cancer, Foundation

Shattering the Stigma of Mental Illness

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 8, 2018 12:43:14 PM

The shocking, sad news of two celebrity deaths by suicide this week have had a profound impact. Both phenomenally successful in their respective crafts, the deaths of iconic fashion designer Kate Spade and legendary chef and storyteller Anthony Bourdain have left for many what seems to be the all too familiar question…why?

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When Less is More in Breast Cancer Treatment

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 7, 2018 10:01:24 AM

The trial results from a decade-long breast cancer treatment study funded by the National Cancer Institute show most patients with an intermediate risk of cancer recurrence can avoid chemotherapy without risking their chances of beating the disease. After giving a test to over 10,000 patients known as Oncotype DX—a biopsy sample to measure the activity of genes involved in cell growth and response to hormone therapy—researchers determined that patients with smaller-sized tumors that had not invaded nearby lymph nodes did just as well without chemotherapy as those who got the treatment.

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Ben Ryan, MD Shares What You Need to Know about Family Medicine

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

If you’ve ever been confused about choosing the right primary care doctor for you and your family, you aren’t alone. A primary care physician is more than just a doctor. He or she learns your personality, lifestyle, the nuances of your medical history, and your treatment preferences.

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Topics: Children's Health, Primary Care

What You Need to Know about the Recent Colorectal Screening Changes

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed among adults in the United States. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that in 2018 alone, more than 97,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer and more than 43,000 will be diagnosed with rectal cancer. These startling statistics make finding the factor or factors driving the development of colorectal cancer—especially in younger patients—potential keys in preventing the disease.

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Luminaria honors Bob and Donna Pineau and South Shore VNA Parent Child Health Team

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 5, 2018 3:18:38 PM

Two pillars of the South Shore and a team who gives their heart and soul to so many families will be honored at the 7th annual Luminaria on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 6 p.m. at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. 

Luminaria is a special dinner event designed to raise support for South Shore Health System’s Home and Community Care Division.

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Topics: As One

13 Reasons Why: What Parents Should Know and How to Talk About It

In May, the second season of the controversial show “13 Reasons Why” was released. The Netflix series follows a fictional group of high school students following the death by suicide of a classmate who leaves behind tapes outlining 13 reasons she decided to end her life. The series is controversial, as it includes graphic depictions of suicide, substance use, gun violence, and physical and sexual assault.

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Topics: Children's Health, Specialty Care

Signs You May Be Suffering From Frozen Shoulder

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 29, 2018 10:44:24 AM

Adhesive Capsulitis, known commonly as frozen shoulder, is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the affected shoulder. Occurring more frequently in women than men, frozen shoulder is estimated to affect approximately two percent of the population, with the majority of the affected patients ranging in age from 40-60 years old. Hence the name, as many patients with frozen shoulder have difficulty moving the shoulder at all as the condition progresses.

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Topics: Specialty Care

How Older Adults Can Manage Their Risk of Falls

Posted by Nicole Courtney, Rehabilitation Aide on May 17, 2018 1:09:40 PM

Falls are one of the leading causes of injury in older adults. While there is no sure way to prevent falls, there are several strategies to help manage the risk for you or someone you love.

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Topics: Seniors & Aging, Exercise & Fitness

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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