Know the Dangers of the TikTok Benedryl Challenge

A dangerous trend on TikTok is encouraging kids to take large doses of Benadryl in hopes of getting high and hallucinating. Instead, some are ending up in the hospital. In a Yahoo article, Kavita Babu, MD, a UMass Memorial emergency medicine physician and toxicologist, explained the dangers and what parents need to know.

How “Me Time” Contributes to Your Mental Health

Let’s face it, 2020 has been a real challenge for everyone. It’s been easy to forget about how important our mental health is when wearing masks, social distancing and keeping ourselves physically safe from the coronavirus have been on the top of everyone’s minds. But your mental health isn’t something you want to leave unattended…

Roasted Ginger Squash

Winter squash is classified as a fruit, but when we cook, we treat it like a vegetable. Try this simple, fall recipe. (Serves 4) 3 medium acorn, winter or butternut squash, cut in half and seeded ¾ c. orange juice 2 T minced fresh ginger (or 2 to 3 t ginger powder) 2 T butter,…

3 Ways to Get More Out of Your Walks

As cooler weather sets in here in the Northeast, the idea of strolling around your neighborhood becomes more appealing and certainly less sweaty. While you walk, try these three ideas to help your community, mind and body. Try Plogging How can walking be great for the environment? Plogging is the latest fitness craze from Sweden.…

Back-to-School Tips in the Time of COVID-19

It’s back-to-school time — and it’s probably never been more stressful given the COVID-19 pandemic. If your child is doing in-person classes this fall, you probably have a lot of things to consider (or worry about!). Based on my medical training, advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as my own…

The Only Bad CPR Is No CPR

Immediate bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the single most important factor in the survival of cardiac arrest. Without it, the chances of EMS saving the victims life decrease with every minute. Saving lives Is in your hands. Facts About Cardiac Arrest Most sudden cardiac arrests occur at home and are witnessed by friends and family. Most…

Eating Habits to Make and Break

A handful of chips here, a chocolate-covered granola bar there. We’ve all been a little overindulgent when it comes to snacking throughout the day. The busier life gets, the harder it can be to stay healthy, but it’s time to break the unhealthy eating habits and to finally put the cookie down. Break These Eating…

Ghana Jollof Rice

Jollof rice is a popular dish in West African countries. Enjoy with your favorite mixed vegetables or with meat. (Serves 4) 17 oz. beef, chicken, lamb, or mixed vegetables ¼ c. vegetable oil 4 large onions 6 large tomatoes, blended 6 cloves garlic, pressed 6 ¼ c. water or stock 2 T tomato paste 1…

How Diet Affects Your Skin

Is there a connection between what we eat and the health of our skin? As with many health-related issues, the answer is: it depends. It depends on the specific food in question, your individual health situation and many other factors that are unique to you. Beyond general advice to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat a…

3 Benefits of Stretching That You Didn’t Know

When you think of stretching exercises, what do you imagine? If the thought of stretching sounds boring, a waste of time, or something you just are not flexible enough to do, you’re mistaken. Let’s take a new look at stretching and three benefits you may not know. Stretching: Three Benefits You May Not Know (Part…

Deliciously Simple Gazpacho

A tasty summer recipe that’s cool and refreshing. (Serves 4) 5 medium tomatoes, ripe 1 red pepper, quartered 1 green pepper, quartered 1 large cucumber, quartered 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1/4 c. olive oil Juice from 1 small lemon Worcestershire sauce Paprika Salt and pepper to taste Add tomatoes to blender and puree. Place…

Help for the Challenges of Autism

There are many challenges that individuals (and families) living with autism experience on a day-to-day basis. The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO Clinic), offers a list of resources to help with these challenges. Additional resources are listed below. Browse local resources. Browse state and national resources. Autism Society Northeast Arc Autism Alliance Join…

Chlodnik (Cold Beet Soup)

This colorful soup is fresh and flavorful and is a Polish recipe. Enjoy on a hot day. (Serves 4) 5 beets, preferably with stems 1 cube of beef bouillon 2 cucumbers, peeled and grated or thinly chopped Bunch of scallions, chopped 4 c. plain yogurt 4 c. kefir Salt and pepper Fresh dill, chopped Hard…

Stepping into Mindfulness

Many women juggle multiple roles — wife, mother, daughter, friend, employee, boss — any one of which can be stressful enough. Layer on a few additional responsibilities since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, like working from home, homeschooling kids, and keeping the peace, and, well, it’s not unusual for stress levels to go into overload. The…

Coming to UMass Memorial? Here’s How We Keep You Safe.

Keeping our hospitals clean, preventing the spread of infection and putting patient safety first are nothing new to UMass Memorial. But under the new normal, you may be fearful about going to the doctor or hospital. Trust that we will keep you safe. While we’re doing amazing work caring for COVID-19 patients, we also have…

What Is Well-Controlled Diabetes and How Is it Achieved?

This is a question that is frequently asked and rarely understood; even by those who have had diabetes for a long time. Some believe that having well-controlled diabetes means you don’t feel sick or have symptoms; others feel you are controlled if you take your medications; and a vast majority of people just have no…

Eating During the COVID Crisis

During this COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining good nutrition can be a challenge. Here are some tips on planning and preparing balanced meals during this time to provide nutrition, satisfaction and, yes, comfort for you and your family. You may find yourself or your children constantly eating and snacking on a lot of processed foods and snacks.…

Fitting in Exercise With a Growing Family

Kayla Scally, one of our nurse practitioners in the Weight Center, recently had her second child. With a growing family, she has found creative and fun ways to keep herself, and her whole family, moving.  What did you do for exercise before becoming a mom? As boring as this sounds, I walked! I’ve never been…

Low Calorie Traditional Spanish Paella

This nourishing, Spanish rice dish is lower in fat and includes chicken, turkey sausage, and clams. (Serves 4) 8 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts 4 oz. deli-fresh, smoked turkey sausage, cut into bite-size pieces 1 t olive oil 1/2 medium onion, diced 1 medium tomato, chopped 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 1/2 green bell pepper,…

Join a Wave of Thanks, Friday, April 10, at Noon

At noon on Friday, April 10, we’re asking our followers to create a wave of thanks for fighting COVID-19 by sharing Chris Mann’s #ThankUfrontline video, which features medical caregivers, farmers, civil service employees, grocery clerks, teachers, our military and more. Include #UMassMemorialStrength and tag your coworkers or loved ones who leave the security of their…

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