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Episode 37: 10.01.2010 Cómo evitar y cómo reconocer un ataque cerebral - Preventing and Recognizing a Stroke

In Massachusetts, stroke is among the leading causes of adult disability and the third cause of death, claiming 3,000 lives each year. Fortunately, there are ways to lessen your risk of a stroke, and treatments can increase chances of recovery. Listen to our conversation with Dr. Elisa Garibaldi.

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Episode 36: 09.29.2010 Información general sobre la gripe - Flu: An Overview

The flu is a virus that spreads very easily from person to person, and it can be serious for people of any age. The good news is that you can stop the spread of the flu. Here's how.

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Episode 35: 09.29.2010 La diferencia entre la gripe y el resfriado - Is it a Cold or the Flu?

This podcast is all about how to tell the difference between when you've got a cold and when you're stuck with the flu. We'll also tell you how to keep from getting sick in the first place.

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Episode 34: 09.29.2010 Lávese las manos - Wash Your Hands

It turns out that Mom was right - it's really important that we wash our hands. And that's especially true during cold and flu season, when germs get passed from person to person through handshakes and by touching door handles and keyboards and other surfaces.

Did you know there's a proper technique for washing your hands? Here's how.

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Episode 33: 09.29.2010 Cúbrase la boca para no contagiar la gripe a los demás - Cover Your Cough and Stop the Spread of the Flu

Every time you cough or sneeze, you send out millions of tiny drops of saliva anywhere from 3 to 6 feet away from you. These tiny little drops may contain all sorts of various germs which can make the folks around us sick.That's why it's so important that we cover our coughs and sneezes.

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Episode 32: 09.29.2010 Información sobre las vacunas contra la gripe - Information about the flu vaccines

To avoid catching the flu, the most important thing you can do is get a flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine. Here are four things you need to know about these vaccines.

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Episode 31: 09.29.2010 Prepare un botiquín para la gripe - Build A Flu Care Kit

Every family should have a flu care kit. Do you wonder what that is? Here is what you should have on hand.

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Episode 30: 06.29.2010 El problema del alcohol entre los jóvenes - The alcohol problem among youth.

In Massachusetts, one in every five Hispanic kids aged 12 to 14 drinks alcohol. In addition, almost 40% of Hispanic children in the same age range admit to have tried alcohol at least once in their life. José Morales, from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, talks to us about this troubling situation and what the Department is doing to help prevent children from drinking.

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Episode 29: 05.06.2010 Usted tiene el derecho a pedir un intérprete - You Have the Right to an Interpreter.

Use of medial interpreters has been shown to improve patient compliance and satisfaction rates by decreasing missed opportunities caused by language discordance. Medical interpretation is free of charge and made available through either on-site interpreters or via telephone or video connections.

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Episode 28: 04.28.2010 El tabaco y los jóvenes - Tobacco and Youth.

Each year in Massachusetts, about 7,000 young people become new daily smokers. Young people who start smoking face a lifetime of addiction. Nearly all adult smokers started before they were 18.Here are some steps you can take to make a difference in their lives.

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Episode 27: 04.21.2010 El cigarrillo y el embarazo - Smoking and pregnancy.

Women who smoke during pregnancy not only put their health at risk, but the health of their developing baby. The risks of smoking during pregnancy include premature birth, some congenital defects and sudden infant death.

Quitting smoking can be very hard, but it is one of the most effective ways a woman can protect her health and the health of her baby.

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Episode 26: 04.14.2010 El costo de fumar - The cost of smoking.

The economic cost of tobacco use is staggering. Each year in Massachusetts, personal health care expenses due to smoking amount to $4.3 billion. Businesses in the Commonwealth also suffer, losing $1.7 billion in lost revenue due to the death of smokers.

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Episode 25: 04.07.2010 El humo del cigarrillo - Secondhand smoke.

Exposure to secondhand smoke puts children at higher risk for asthma and ear infections. Children who breathe tobacco smoke are more likely to be hospitalized for cough, colds, asthma, pneumonia, and ear infections.

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Episode 24: 03.25.2010 La adicción al alcohol y las drogas - Addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Did you know that only one in ten people who have a problem with drugs or alcohol seek help to control his or her addiction?

Mayra Morales, from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, tells us about addiction and why so few people seek treatment.

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Episode 23: 01.28.2010 Deje el cigarrillo - Quit smoking

Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Massachusetts. It kills more than 8,000 residents each year. The good news is that there are ways to make quitting smoking easier. Listen to us tell you how.

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Episode 22: 01.21.2010 La sobredosis de narcóticos es un problema serio - Opioid overdose is a serious problem.

Hispanics have the second highest death rate of opioid overdose in the State. Sarah Ruiz, from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, talks to us about this troubling situation and what the Department is doing to help save lives.

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Episode 17: 09.14.2009 Prepare un botiquín para la gripe - Build A Flu Care Kit

Every family should have a flu care kit. Do you wonder what that is? Here is what you should have on hand.

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Episode 16: 09.14.2009 Lávese las manos para no contagiarse la gripe - Wash Your Hands to Avoid the Flu

Try to avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands, given that you can cover them with the germs that make you and others sick. Wash your hands frequently to stay protected.

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Episode 15: 09.14.2009 Cúbrase la boca para no contagiar la gripe a los demás - Cover Your Cough and Stop the Spread of the Flu

When you cough or sneeze millions of little particles of saliva are expelled through you mouth and nose. The germs that make people sick with the flu live in those tiny particles of saliva. Listen to how you can help stop the spread of the flu.

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Episode 11: 07.31.2009 Prevención de enfermedades causadas por mosquitos - Mosquito-Borne Illness Prevention

Illnesses caused by mosquito bites are rare in Massachusetts but serious. You can prevent them by avoiding exposure to mosquitoes. We give you tips on how to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

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Episode 10: 07.20.2009 Seguridad de niños en verano - Summertime Safety Tips

Falls from windows, drowning and vehicle-related injuries are leading causes of injury and death in small children. In anticipation of the warm summer months, the Massachusetts Departments of Children and Families (DCF) and Public Health (DPH) remind families with young children of useful summertime safety tips.

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Episode 8: 04.14.2009 Seguridad en el hogar - Planes de escape - Home Fire Escape Plans

In 2006 there were more than 30,000 fires in Massachusetts. Half of those happened in homes. Everyone should have an escape plan in case of fire. Make one for your family and practice it during the day, at night and often.

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Episode 7: 04.02.2009 Prevención de incendios - los calentadores - Fire Safety and Space Heaters

In 2006 there were more than 30,000 fires in Massachusetts. Half of those happened in homes. Space heaters caused many of those fires. Find out how you can keep you and your family safe.

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Episode 6: 03.18.2009 Prevención de incendios - Fire Safety

In 2006 there were more than 30,000 fires in Massachusetts. Half of those happened in homes. The leading cause of those home fires was cigarettes. Here is information to help you keep you and your family safe.

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Episode 5: 01.29.2009 Prevención de caídas - Falls Prevention

When we talk about falls, especially during winter, we may think of slippery, snow or ice-covered sidewalks. But even though these are an evident hazard, most falls occur indoors. Today we'll talk about how to prevent falls - which are a serious problem for people of all ages, especially older adults.

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Episode 4: 01.20.2009 Prevención de la intoxicación por monóxido de carbono - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

Carbon monoxide is poisonous; it's invisible, has no taste or smell. Hundreds of people accidentally die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. Here is information to help you avoid carbon monoxide and to keep you and your family safe.

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Episode 3: 01.02.2009 Consejos para conducir en el invierno - Winter Driving Tips

Driving in winter is probably the most difficult and hazardous situation for both new and experienced drivers. Here are some safety tips for driving in the cold months of winter.

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Episode 2: 12.22.2008 Prevención de la diabetes - Diabetes Prevention

In this episode of "La nota de salud" Andreina Millan-Ferro, Patient Education and Clinical Outcomes Coordinator with the Joslin Clinic, discusses diabetes prevention and risk factors.

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Episode 1: 12.11.2008 Prevención de la gripe. ¡Vacúnese! - Flu Prevention. Get a flu shot!

In this episode of "La nota de salud" (The Health Note), Jordan Coriza, from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, talks about preventive measures for the flu and the common cold, as well as the importance of getting a flu shot.

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