Boston escapes Hurricane Sandy’s wrath

Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast, but left Boston relatively unscathed. The storm resulted in 113 casualties and left a wake of destruction.

Power was out for an estimated 715,205 homes in seven states, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s “Hurricane Sandy-Nor’easter Situation Report #2” issued on Thursday. Continue reading

Democrats sweep presidential and senate elections

Voters reelected Barack Obama as president on Tuesday. In Massachusetts, voters named Elizabeth Warren to be their next senator.

The president thanked his supporters. “Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that though our road has been hard, our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back and we know in our heart, for the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” Obama said. Continue reading

Smoking threatens children’s health

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

Kung fu master Pui Chan dazzles in documentary

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

ACMES Annual Conference explores Chinese and Western medicine

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