Category Archives: health

To Select Board conference Saturday

This Saturday I am attending the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association (part of the Massachusetts Municipal Association) Leadership Conference.  I always learn something at Massachusetts Municipal Association events.



Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association Leadership Conference on Saturday, June 8 at the Sharon Community Center

This year’s program will feature a luncheon keynote presentation from Senator Jason Lewis. Senator Lewis serves at the Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Education and the Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. His presentation will focus on the state of education in the Commonwealth and the importance of local leadership.

The conference includes a light breakfast and lunch and will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members will hear from MMA Executive Director and CEO Geoff Beckwith with a brief welcome to the organization and a robust legislative update. From there, the event turns to two tracks of programming, one for veteran selectmen and one for newly elected selectmen.


Topics will include:

  • Introduction to the Open Meeting and Public Records Law with KP Law Managing Partner Lauren Goldberg and Sherborn Selectman Paul DeRensis (recommended for newly elected)
  • Municipal Finance 101 with Arlington Deputy Director Sandy Pooler and ATFC President and Sharon Finance Committee Member Ira Miller (recommended for newly elected)
  • Shared Services: Your Guide to Cooperation Across Town Lines with the Division of Local Services Analyst Tara Lynch and Cohasett Town Manager Chris Senior (recommended for veteran selectmen)
  • You’re Only 1 Vote: Building Consensus on Your Board and Beyond with experts on communication and management including current Buckland Select Board Member and former town manager Barry Del Castilho (recommended for veteran selectmen)
  • Closing session speaker on education and leadership by Senator Jason Lewis

Raise a more resilient & mentally tougher child

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –


Hi Folks!


I’d like to share a wonderful opportunity for our community this coming Monday, May 6 that is OPEN TO ALL:


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Presentation by Jim McCauley of Riverside Community Care

Monday, May 6 at 7pm at St. Edward Parish in Medfield


How to raise a more resilient and mentally tougher child:


Resilience is a quality associated with successful and optimistic people. You may know people who have

experienced highly stressful life experiences but they have found a way to overcome these challenges

and learn from the experience. But are you born with the ability to overcome adversity? Is it a

personality trait? Can you learn to be more resilient? In this presentation you will learn the qualities all

resilient people share and you will also learn four techniques that will help your child persevere and accomplish their goals despite what appear to be significant obstacles.




Please share with your networks!


Many thanks,

Anna Mae

e-cigarettes – health risks for teens

From my American Association for Justice morning newsletter –


E-cigarettes may pose health risks, especially for minors.

Business Insider (3/5, Brodwin, 4.07M) reports that e-cigarettes “are not without health risks,” and since “they contain nicotine, e-cigarettes are especially dangerous for kids and teens whose brains are still developing.” Specifically “in young people, nicotine appears to blunt emotional control as well as decision-making and impulse-regulation skills,” which “most likely helped prompt a warning about e-cigs from the US surgeon general in December.” In that public advisory, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams “discussed these concerns and said young people should never use e-cigs.” He said, “We need to protect our kids from all tobacco products, including all shapes and sizes of e-cigarettes.” The article adds that some e-cigarettes “appear to contain toxic metals, and using them has been tied to an increased risk of a heart attack.” Experts “say there’s a lot we still don’t know about” vaping “and how it could affect the body.”

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Gentle Enough for Babies’ Bottoms?

Last month we told you about a new report on the worst corporate conduct in 2018. Based on breaking news from Reuters, the New York Times and others, we may have our first “worst conduct” nominee for 2019. Internal documents uncovered in lawsuits against healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson indicate that the company knew for years that its iconic Baby Powder might be tainted with traces of cancer-causing asbestos. The company adamantly denies any link between its talc-based products and cancer, but nearly 12,000 lawsuits allege otherwise. Here’s what you should know about this troubling story.

New Report Says Baby Powder Giant Knew of Cancer Risk

Talc Danger
The fragrance of baby powder is distinct and comforting. It conjures images of newborn babies or toweling off after a warm shower. But the reality isn’t quite so idyllic for thousands of Americans who claim that trace amounts of asbestos in talc caused their cancer. Now a new investigation by Reuters argues that Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest manufacturer of talc-based baby powder, may have known – and covered up – the cancer-causing risk of its iconic product for decades.



Nearly 12,000 women suffering from mesothelioma and cervical cancer allege in lawsuits that Johnson & Johnson talc products caused their illnesses.


Baby Powder Tainted by Asbestos, Says Report

Reuters reporter Lisa Girion tells MSNBC how Johnson & Johnson kept concerns about its baby powder secret for decades.



Looking for safe alternatives to talc baby powder and shower products? Here are five options from Mother Nature Network.

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Suicide QPR training 1/26

The newly-formed Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (“MCSP”) invites interested community members to attend a FREE suicide prevention training taught by Riverside Trauma Center. The training is intended to help address this public health crisis by rais-ing awareness of suicidal behavior and teaching tools that can help prevent suicide. This training is open to adults of all ages. Content will be broad and will cover suicide prevention across the lifespan. Saturday, January 26, 2019 10:30 am—12:30 pm Medfield Public Library 468 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052 FREE to the Public For questions, contact Medfield Youth Outreach at If you are inclined to financially support the MCSP, please consider making a donation through the Medfield Foundation Network for Good page at and designate that the donation go to the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention. RSVP not required, but kindly appreciated. To RSVP, please visit:


MCAP’s “Partners in Prevention” at Library 1/12

Annette Anderson, RPh, a Medfield CVS pharmacist, routinely educates parents, youth, and senior citizens about the safe use of prescription medication and provides vital information to consider as a patient. Using the CVS Health “Prescription for Parents” curriculum, she will share information about the effects of prescription drugs on the body and brain, the science behind addiction, resources available for those who need treatment, and how to feel comfortable having a discussion with your children about safe use. This training is free for all adults and is sponsored by Medfield Cares About Prevention. For more information about this community coalition, please visit RSVP is not required but is appreciated: Questions? Contact Medfield Youth Outreach at Prescription for Parents: A CVS Presentation A joint partnership of Medfield Cares About Prevention and Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention PARTNERS IN PREVENTION PARENT TRAINING SERIES: JANUARY 2019 Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Medfield Public Library 468 Main Street Medfield, MA 02052

Teen vaping use spikes

From my Route Fifty newsletter – click here to view online.  I recently also heard that there is now monitors that can be installed that sense when vaping is occurring. Vaping can also be used to smoke marijuana. –


New Survey Finds Big Increase in U.S. Teen Vaping

 A hand holding an e-cigarette that was found at a 2018 high school graduation ceremony in California.

A hand holding an e-cigarette that was found at a 2018 high school graduation ceremony in California. SHUTTERSTOCK

One in five high school seniors vaped in 2018.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking action against e-cigarette companies out of fear that vaping by teens is skyrocketing. New data from this year’s Monitoring the Future survey suggests it’s true.

Between 2017 and 2018, the nationally representative survey of 13,850 teenagers found that the number of 12th graders who had vaped nicotine in the past 30 days grew by nearly 50%. In 2017, roughly one in 10 seniors had vaped, and in 2018, that number was roughly one in five. The jump from 11% to 21% is the largest increase among 12th graders using any substance in the survey’s 44 years.

The survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has been conducted annually since 1975 by researchers at the University of Michigan (surveys on 8th and 10th grades only began in 1991). This year’s results reflect a trend the National Youth Tobacco Survey highlighted earlier this year, which found that the total number of high-school students who reported vaping in the past 30 days more than doubled.

“The policies in place as of the 2017 [to] 2018 school year were not sufficient to stop the spread of nicotine vaping among adolescents,” the authors of the Monitoring the Future survey wrote in an accompanying commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

There are two two main health concerns with adolescent vaping. First, there’s limited evidence that the chemicals in vape cartridges—particularly the sweetly flavored cartridges—are completely safe. As Quartz previously reported, researchers have found entirely new compounds created when the chemicals in cartridges are vaporize and preliminary work has shown that some of the known compounds found in vapes can irritate immune cells within the lungs. Second, authorities are worried that vaping nicotine could lead to smoking tobacco cigarettes later on. However, it’s not yet clear that this claim is valid—a review published earlier this year suggested that e-cigarettes could actually be helping cigarette use fall among teens.

Nevertheless, these concerns led the FDA to take some action regulatory action against e-cigarettes and other tobacco products earlier this fall. In November, the regulatory agency announced that e-cigarettes could only be sold in stores in areas closed off to minors, although it’s already illegal to sell to people under the age of 18. Additionally, it’s now focusing on banning menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.