Smoking kills, even if you don’t smoke. As a result of widespread tobacco use, approximately 443,000 Americans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, according to a 2008 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 11 percent of these deaths resulted from secondhand smoke exposure.
“[Secondhand smoking] is a very serious problem,” said Geri Healey-Dame, System Director of Respiratory Care for Hallmark Health System. “I believe it’s pretty significant. We see a lot of patients with lung disease. They can be people who have never smoked, but work in a smoking environment, like waitresses and bartenders.” Continue reading
Most 74-year-olds don’t train kung fu masters for three hours.
But Pui Chan is not your average senior citizen. He stars in “Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer,” a documentary directed by his daughter Mimi, and is the founder of the Wah Lum Kung Fu Academy and Athletic Association. Continue reading
The American Chinese Medical Exchange Society (ACMES) Annual Conference took place Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. More than 200 medical experts and students participated in the “Primary Care” and “Integrated Medicine” session tracks.
The conference divided into two rooms. A total of 28 experts addressed the latest medical issues, developments in disease treatment and focused on health concerns for Asians. The hosts were Jie Zhou and lecturer Lichao Chen, both of Harvard Medical School for the first venue. The other venue was hosted by ACMES Medical Director Zhao Liu, endocrinologist at Beverly hospital at Danvers, and ACMES vice president Weigen Li, attending physician of internal medicine at Jordan Hospital, Tufts Medical Center. Continue reading
Smoking not only kills, but deafens people and robs them of their memory as well. It causes more than 440,000 deaths each year, or nearly one in five deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.
Lung cancer was most deadly cancer for Boston’s Asians from 2006 to 2008, ahead of liver and colorectal cancers, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. The lethal consequences of smoking are a clear reason to quit. Continue reading
Many factors cause cancer. From manmade chemicals to environmental exposure, secondhand smoke contributes to health problems that affect the respiratory system, cardiac function and cancers.
Secondhand smoke is the most common cause of tobacco intake. While there are devices that can test for indoor chemicals and smoke, there are nearly no safety measures when encountering smoke outdoors. Because smoke can be anywhere at any time, even breathing in a little bit can be harmful. Continue reading
The Silk Road Gala featured Ting Yen, chef and owner of Oishii (left), and Linda Chin, President of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (right). (Image courtesy of Brian Choi.)
By Joanne Wong
The Silk Road Gala gathered more than 500 guests for an evening of fundraising and delectable food prepared by Boston’s top chefs on Oct. 26 at the State Room.
Hosted by the Asian Taskforce Against Domestic Violence (ATASK), the Silk Road Gala is the organization’s annual signature event. Continue reading