COVID-19 Vaccine Safety: Frequently Asked Questions

Phase 2 of the national vaccination program is just around the corner. We know you have questions and concerns. Are the vaccine ingredients safe? Why is there a 15-minute waiting period after I receive my vaccination? Take a look at some of the questions our experts answered to ease some of your worries. View these…

A Message From Your Body: To Much Stress on This Joint!

Have you ever tried to teach your middle schooler how to pitch a fastball only to become very sore? Or have you scrubbed a pot or spent the afternoon in the garden and then felt achy? You could have tendonitis. This happens when there is too much stress on joints, which can tear and inflame…

Prenatal Care and Healthy Beginnings

Whether you’re getting ready to have your first baby or your fourth, receiving regular care while pregnant is vital to your baby’s health and your own. Regular visits to your Ob/Gyn will help ensure your baby is growing well and healthy in utero, and help manage any issues that may arise before they become serious.…

16 Tips for Healthier Holiday Drinks

The holidays are full of delicious beverages even if you are celebrating via Zoom, but drinks can come with extra calories. These 16 tips will help you enjoy your favorite holiday beverages. Eggnog Fill your glass with 1/2 low-fat or fat-free milk and the remaining 1/2 with low-fat or fat-free eggnog. Skip the whipped cream…

How to Get Moving Again With Osteoarthritis

The alarm goes off, and you roll out of bed. But your knee is stiff and achy. You think to yourself that you are 55 after all; a little achiness is bound to happen. But, it’s still troublesome, and your doctor did mention arthritis on the last visit. Learn how to ease pain and stiffness…

Pandemic Increases Children’s Mental Health Challenges

Lack of social activities, huge changes in the schooling environment, limited sports and clubs, and not being able to hang out with friends are intensifying children’s mental health challenges. Many families are under a great deal of stress with the current pandemic. But steps can be taken to create a safer environment. If you notice…

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…

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