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Working for Your Health: Heart health

Here are some fun facts about the human heart gathered from health.clevelandclinic.org/fun-facts-about-your-heart: The heart is an organ about the size of two clasped hands. It’s made mostly of muscle tissue that contracts rhythmically, to...

Working for Your Health: A New Year’s resolution

“This year, I will do what I can to keep from getting sick from an infection, and help others to do the same.” In 1952, the polio epidemic reached its peak in the U.S.; 60,000...

Working for Your Health: There’s no place like home

The concept of “home” varies from person to person; all of us know its importance. For many of us, home takes on greater meaning during the holiday season. It is a place where we...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

Did you know? By 2050, the number of people in the U.S. living with Alzheimer's disease is estimated to reach nearly 13 million. 1 in 3 older adults dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia. ...

Working for Your Health: Are you ‘health literate’?

Do you know the names of any medicines you are taking, and why you are taking them? Can you read their labels? Are you confident you are taking your medications the way that your...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

Vaccination is one of the most important achievements in the history of medicine. Its role in safeguarding public health and eradicating deadly diseases is far reaching because vaccines not only protect individuals but contribute...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for Your Health

The topic of climate change is in the news daily, notably the pressures we face from an increase in extreme weather events. Lately we’ve been affected by smoke-tinged air, carried from Canada by migrating...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

Whoever said, “The eyes are the windows to the soul,” he probably wasn’t thinking about the importance of protecting them from environmental threats, or supporting ocular health through proper nutrition. At the time, eye...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

It can be uplifting to hear good news, especially when it involves preserving human life and improving its quality. A growing number of scientific advances, coupled with our increased adherence to healthcare messaging, are...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

In 1968, a piece appeared in the Reader's Digest introducing the phrase "Getting old ain't for sissies," bringing humor to an aging population’s aching joints and hardening arteries. Later, comedian Betty White refined it...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

In 1787, Benjamin Franklin wrote the French intellectual Jean-Baptiste Leroy about his hopes for the longevity of the newly drafted Constitution of the United States, and noted, “But in this world nothing can be...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

It may surprise you that Martha’s Vineyard is considered a “level two rural community,” an important distinction shared with only 20 percent of the nation. How can our bustling community be considered “rural” when...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

In recent years, the topic of mindfulness has become prominent in both our conversations and aspirations as a path to improve the quality of our lives. Many of us make conscious efforts to practice...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

It’s human nature to spend more time examining our failures than celebrating our victories; to complain about the inconvenient steps needed to get a COVID booster, for example, rather than the fact we received...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

Few would argue that 2022 had its challenges, the healthcare field not excluded. The pandemic left us with supply shortages, apparent not only on merchants’ shelves but in our healthcare sector. Many of us...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

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Imagine a world where infections don’t heal, where illnesses do not rapidly turn around with a prescription, where all you can do is hope and pray that effective treatment can be found and that...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

In September’s column we highlighted the importance of evidence-based programs (EBPs) and why they are relevant to our Island community. EBPs are generally health-related, offered to the public, and based on rigorously tested trials...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

Imagine going to your doctor for a routine visit, and being advised to exercise more regularly to preserve your mobility and to improve your balance. Lately you’ve felt less steady on your feet, and...

Working for your health

Why are data so important to our community’s health? Who’s collecting them, and why? What college student, this writer among them, hasn’t winced at the thought of spending an entire semester collecting, analyzing, and interpreting...

Working for your health

Did you know that our community, Dukes County, ranks as the 128th healthiest county in the U.S.? Did you know that Nantucket in the same survey ranks 41? U.S. News and World Report just...