Pumpkin Maple Pie

Maple syrup adds a little extra flavor to this Pumpkin Maple Pie, a traditional Thanksgiving dessert.

The Importance of Pediatric-Specific Emergency Care

They are the scenarios all parents dread. Your toddler wakes up a 2 am wailing and pulling on her ear. Your 10-year-old tries to do “wheelies” on his bike. You find him sitting in the driveway clutching his arm, and it’s swelling before your eyes. You find your 15-year-old curled up on her bed. When…

Celebrate the Holidays a Different Way This Year

Large gatherings for Thanksgiving and winter holidays could mean a sharp uptick in positive coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Help honor our caregivers, first responders and patients by avoiding large gatherings this fall and winter by celebrating in a different way this year. Here are a few tips to consider as you start your planning: Keep…

Purrs, Snuggles, Tail Wags: Just What the Doctor Ordered

When it comes to improving your health, you probably know the basics by now: eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, manage stress. But here’s one more tip that might surprise you: own a pet. You may have thought your fur baby couldn’t get any more paw-some, but it’s true! Bonding with pets does much more than…

Find Out What You Didn’t Know About Apples

It’s apple pickin’ season! Sure, they taste good and are good for you, but there’s more to apples than meets the eye. Visit the Center for Applied Nutrition to see for yourself. While you’re there, check out some out-of-the-box apple recipes.  

Sleep and Its Vital Role in Health

Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. In fact, how you feel when you’re awake depends a great deal on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is still doing vital work. For example: Your brain is forming new pathways to help you learn…

Oh, Baby: When It’s Time to Consider IVF for Infertility Problems

If you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant for a year without results, reproductive medicine considers you to be infertile — and now would be the time to find out why. The three most common reasons for infertility are: Ovulation issue: You don’t ovulate every month. Blocked fallopian tubes: Normally, fertilization occurs…

Sausage and Kale Pasta

Feel free to add less pasta and more kale to make this more carb friendly. (Serves 4) 8 oz. whole wheat or whole grain pasta 1½ c. baby portabella mushrooms, chopped ½ c. sundried tomatoes 1½ c. kale 2 links lean turkey or chicken sausage 1 T whole wheat flour ⅓ c. milk ½ c.…

Going Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

This month, about 1,400 families in the U.S. will hear the words no one wants to hear – your child has cancer. As a pediatric oncologist, saying these words is one of the most difficult aspects of my profession. Whether you know a child with cancer or not, there are things you could do to…

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…

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