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E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that is then inhaled into the lungs. This process (vaping) was introduced to the market in 2007. This year, vaping has been implicated in a newly described lung disease. The disease was described in Wisconsin where there were 53 cases with an average age of 19 years old. There […]

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Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is an allergic contact dermatitis that is a delayed skin reaction to urushiol, the sap of the plant. An allergy is basically the body’s immune system reacting inappropriately to what it recognizes as a poison. The skin reacts a day or two after contact. Intensely itchy reddish blisters form in the areas that […]

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Hurray For Us!

We passed the accreditation process in the top group! In Massachusetts, every Adult Foster Care program has had to go through a year-long process of formal accreditation with a nationwide company to demonstrate proficiency, effectiveness, responsibility and financial stability. We worked with CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and not only passed but […]

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Tattoo Removal

The oldest known tattoo was found on Otzi the Iceman dated from 3300 B.C.  Ancient methods of tattooing included using needles, bamboo shoots and sharp tools to introduce ink into the skin.   Tattoos have been used to represent military accomplishments, life events, religion and many other things.   Tattoo removal hurts more than getting the […]

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Virtual Dementia

Today I had virtual dementia for 10 minutes, and that was plenty.   At Seasons of Danvers we were taken on a “virtual dementia” tour. We were outfitted with simple equipment and then given tasks to do. We got headphones, shoe inserts, gloves and glasses.   The headphones played continuous chatter, TV noises, traffic noises […]

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