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July's Physician Focus TV examines health hazards in the home

WALTHAM We consider our homes places of refuge, relaxation, rest and safety. Yet, real and potential health hazards may exist there, with mold, lead, carbon monoxide, radon and toxic chemicals just some of the concerns. The July edition of Physician Focus, the educational healthcare public access television program from the Massachusetts Medical Society, is titled "Health Hazards in the Home" and discusses how we should check our homes for hazards, what clues or signals may alert us to problems, and what specific steps we can take to avoid or reduce dangers. Featured guest for the show is Robert P. Naparstek, M.D., Medical Director of Caritas Good Samaritan Occupational Health Services in Avon, Mass., and Chairman of the Massachusetts Medical Society's Committee on Environmental and Occupational Health. Hosting this edition is Bruce Karlin, M.D., a primary care physician in Worcester, Mass. Residents should check the schedules of their local public access stations for the days and times of broadcast. The program will also be available for viewing in its entirety via Webcast beginning in July at www.physicianfocus.org. Physician Focus is a noncommercial production of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the statewide organization of physicians, and Hopkinton Community Television, HCAM-TV. Now in its fifth year of production, the half-hour public service program brings viewers health and medical information each month on timely topics from physicians and other healthcare experts. Physician Focus currently reaches more than 225 communities and more than 1.8 million households in the state each month through the courtesy of public access television stations. The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 21,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The society publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and Web site, and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 13 specialties. The society is also a leader in continuing medical education for healthcare professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country. For more information please visit www.mms.org, www.nejm.org or www.jwatch.org.

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