Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The cost of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms can shift a lot from place to place.
It costs $230 more to get an MRI in Norfolk County than in neighboring Bristol County. That's according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers. Norfolk County tends to cost more than Bristol County in all four categories of medical procedures: Mammograms, MRIs, colonoscopies and CT scans. These big regional differences have been in the news lately: As the Washington Post wrote on Wednesday, "One hospital charges $8,000 - another $38,000." Using the same data as the Post, The New York Times listed out the prices of a series of procedures in hospitals across the country. The Times and the Post used data from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Patch worked with…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Massachusetts State Police will run extra safety checks on vehicles in the area on Friday, April 5 into Saturday, April 6.
If you spot a Massachusetts state trooper camped out by the side of the road somewhere in Norfolk County this weekend, he or she may be doing more than just watching for speedsters. Colonel Timothy P. Alben, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced a sobriety checkpoint will be established on an undisclosed public way in Norfolk County from Friday, April 5 into Saturday, April 6. Alben said the purpose of the checkpoint is to further educate motorists and strengthen public awareness to the need of both detecting drivers who are operating under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and taking them off the road. The checkpoint will be conducted over varied hours, vehicles will not be chosen arbitrarily and troopers will …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Among Massachusetts' 14 counties, only Dukes County and Middlesex County were healthier than Norfolk, according to the study.
Is Norfolk County the healthiest place in Massachusetts to live? If not, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says it's right up there. In a recent study done by the Foundation called "County Health Rankings and Roadmaps," Norfolk ended up third in the state, trailing only Dukes County in first place and Middlesex County in second. Foxborough is not only part of Norfolk County, it is nicknamed "The Gem of Norfolk County." In measures ranging from adult obesity and insurance coverage to premature death and teen birth rates, Norfolk County was lower than the state average. More information on Norfolk and other counties in the report is available at www.countyhealthrankings.org. TELL US: Are you surprised by the report's findings? Let us know …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The high-wind watch is from tonight through tomorrow afternoon.
Friday will bring a high-wind watch to the area with potential power outages in the morning and afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The weather pattern is coming in Thursday night and will continue to hit the area throughout the day Friday, with the strongest wind along the coast. Winds could reach 30 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 60. According to the National Weather Service, the strongest winds will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and "winds of this magnitude could down trees and power lines, leading to power outages. These winds are also capable of causing some property damage." Areas under the watch include: Southeast Middlesex, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Essex and Suffolk.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A routine sobriety checkpoint for drivers in Norfolk County is slated for the holiday weekend.
Drivers in the Norfolk County area should take note that Massachusetts State Police will hold a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night into Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25, according to an announcement from Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. "The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from the roadways," the statement reads. According to the statement, the checkpoint will operate during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorist will be minimized with advanced notice to reduce …