About 30 Percent of Adults over Age 65 Have This …

Did you guess hearing loss? You’re correct. Age-related hearing loss, also called presbycusis, is the gradual loss of hearing in both ears. It’s a common problem linked to aging. About 30 percent of adults over age 65 have hearing loss. What are the causes? Can it be prevented? How is it treated? How do you…

Bacon? Sausage? Yes You Can!

Watch this video before your next trip to the grocery store. Sticking to a healthy breakfast doesn’t mean you have to give up those morning favorites entirely. In this video, Narmin Virani, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian, UMass Memorial Weight Center, shares some smart alternatives. This is part one of our smart grocery shopping clips.

Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life?

Do you have a rosy outlook and see the glass as half full rather than half empty? If so, your good attitude may have even more benefits than you think as you’ll discover in this blog post. A growing number of scientific studies suggest optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and…

It Doesn’t Always Take a Village: Pros and Cons of Online Mom Groups

Guest Blogger: Deanna Richmond, MD, South County Pediatrics, Webster, MA As with many things in life, mom groups on social media have both an upside and a downside. On the positive side, these online communities are a great forum for moms to communicate with one another and get support on a wide range of everyday…

Swing Away Those Tennis Injuries

Have you ever been injured from playing tennis and wondered how you can avoid being injured in the future? Tennis can be both a low- and high- impact sport, which means that injuries may still occur. Check out the five most common injuries that affect tennis players. Tennis elbow – This is the swelling of the tendons…

Cocoa Banana Frozen Dessert and Other Healthy Treats

Simple. Tasty. Healthy. Need we say more? Try these cool desserts on a hot day. Blend four ripe bananas. Add 1 tablespoon each of maple syrup, cocoa powder and vanilla extract in a blender and freeze. This treat tastes like chocolate sorbet and is from the South Beach Diet. Melt good quality dark or milk chocolate…

Oh My Aching Everything … Women and Weekend Warriors

Guest Bloggers: Patty Byler, PT, and Minne Henry, PTA, UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital As we age, it takes a little longer to recover from exercise. But that doesn’t mean that as women “of a certain age,” or men for that matter, we should hang up our sneakers. In fact, there’s something to the adage,…

Taming Spring Allergies

If you start sneezing or coughing at the first signs of spring, you may have seasonal allergies. Depending on where you live, spring allergies can begin as early as February and last until the start of summer. Here’s what you can do to combat these allergies and make it through the season.  

The Pill Camera – One Swallow Is All It Takes

David Cave, MD, PhD, director, clinical gastroenterology research, describes the pill camera which is easily swallowed to film the entire gastrointestinal system reaching the middle section colonoscopies and endoscopic procedures can’t examine. Learn more in our Health Watch video below. To see more videos, visit our YouTube playlist.

What’s Worse: Sugar or the Fear of It?

Guest blogger: Narmin Virani, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian, UMass Memorial Weight Center Pop quiz: Fill the blank with the best answer: Food is_________. Nutrition Fuel Comfort Celebration A link to our culture and roots All the above You’re probably thinking, if it’s a dietician asking the question, the answer should be numbers one or two,…

Be a Well-informed Health Care User

Taking the time to become a well-informed health care user is a matter of self-protection. The benefits of being an active health care user include better health, more effective health care and lower health costs. A little time and patience are needed, but the peace of mind is worth it. Learn tips for getting the best…

Enlightened Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are a popular fishcake in the United States. We’ve altered the recipe for a lighter version. Get the recipe, and then share your comments below on how your crab cakes tasted.    

Eye Love: Caring for your Aging Eyes

Did you know that women are more likely than men to have glaucoma? They also are more likely to become visually impaired or blind due to glaucoma. And, statistics show that women are 24 percent less likely to be treated for the disease, which could be due to the fact that it often presents no…

Colorectal Cancer: Education = Prevention

Did you know that colon and rectal (colorectal) cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in young adults? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and this cancer doesn’t discriminate. In fact, there has been a 51 percent increase in young-onset colorectal cancer incidence. One in seven of those young adults are diagnosed under…

8 Reasons to Help Yourself by Helping Others

Spring is a time for a fresh start. Did you know that one of the best things you can do for yourself is to help others? Finding a cause and community really does bring its own benefits. Here are eight of them: Decreasing symptoms of depression – Some 40 studies show that volunteering can decrease…

Avgolemono Soup (Greek Lemon Chicken)

(Serves 4) 1 T olive oil 1 medium white onion, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 6 c. chicken broth ½ c. orzo, uncooked 2 medium carrots, chopped 3 eggs, beaten 2 stalks celery, chopped 2 c. cooked, diced chicken 2 large lemons, zested and juiced Salt to taste Optional: fresh parsley, feta cheese, red pepper…

Cardiovascular Fitness – A Powerful Predictor of Health and Longevity

Guest Blogger: Janet Huehls, RCEP, CHWC, registered clinical exercise physiologist and certified health and wellness coach, UMass Memorial Weight Center; author, Keep Moving blog.  If you’re looking to lower your risk of heart disease as you age, there is great news ahead! Research indicates you can lower your risk by improving your cardiovascular fitness, even…

Take a Free Heart Health Risk Asssessment

The most important step you can take to protect your heart is understanding your own individual risks for heart disease. These risks differ for all of us depending on our age, diet, physical conditioning, and smoking status, just to name a few. American Heart Month is a reminder that we all must be vigilant in…

Does Inflammatory Arthritis Worsen in the Winter?

Could your aches predict the weather? You may have heard that when it rains or is cold out, arthritis pain worsens. Is this true? The truth is that little factual evidence exists to support this. In fact, when patients with rheumatoid arthritis were placed into a barometrically-controlled chamber, which simulates the change in air pressure,…

Playtime Better Than Tube Time for Youngsters

Guest Blogger: Deanna Richmond, MD, Pediatrician, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center South County Pediatrics In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that unstructured play best nurtures brain development in infants and toddlers. The AAP discourages TV and even educational videos for this age group. Even though parents can find a number…

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