6 Tips to Boost Your Immune System

Sneezing, coughing, a runny nose … it’s not until you feel better that you’re thankful for your regular every day health. No one likes to have a cold or flu, and the following six tips could help build your immune system and keep the germs away. Wash your hands – The best way to avoid…

Chopped, Riced and Other Convenient Ways to Prep Veggies

We all know we need to incorporate more vegetables into our diet, but many are turned off by all of that washing, peeling and chopping. Take advantage of the pre-prepped options from your local grocery store for a quick and healthy meal. In this video, Narmin Virani, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian, UMass Memorial Weight Center, shares…

Breast Health: Is 3D Mammography Right for Everyone?

Finding breast cancer at its earliest stage gives you the best chance for a cure. And mammography has long been the gold standard when it comes to screening and early detection of breast lumps long before they can be felt. Three-dimensional (3D) mammography — or breast tomosynthesis — is a revolutionary tool in the fight…

6 Ways a Yes Vote Would Put Health Care at Risk

During the 2018 election, the choice will be yours: Do you want an unproven, one-size-fits-all government mandate that strips life-saving, decision-making power away from nurses and doctors? This November, Massachusetts voters will consider a ballot question that would institute government-mandated nurse staffing levels at all hospitals across the Commonwealth. If approved by voters, the law…

The Pros and Cons of Using Generic Drugs

The last time you had a prescription filled, chances are it was for a generic drug — a medication that’s biologically equal to a brand-name drug in terms of dosage, safety, strength, quality, performance characteristics, the way it’s taken and should be used. In fact, a record 86 percent of prescriptions dispensed in 2017 were…

Oh, Baby, This Is Harder Than I Thought! When To Seek Reproductive Help

Most couples think that getting pregnant when they’re “ready” will be easy. The fact is, however, that an estimated one in 10 couples will experience infertility. If you’re one of those 10 percent of couples, you may be asking, how long should we keep trying to get pregnant on our own — and when is it…

Keep Moving: How Someone with Limited Mobility Can Stay Active

If you or a loved one has a disability that affects or limits your mobility, balance, or endurance, it’s important to know that there are still many ways you can stay active and reap the health benefits that come from physical movement and exercise. Here is a roundup of ways to keep yourself or someone…

When Exercise Leads to Injury

If you’re working out on a regular basis, odds are you do it to lead a healthy lifestyle. But what happens when working out leads to injury? Sprains and strains are a common injury for anyone with an active lifestyle. If you play sports, you’ll probably find yourself in the predicament of suffering a sprain…

Your Daughter Got Her Period — Now What?

Perhaps nothing signals that your little girl is growing up like the start of her period. Since so many of my patients ask me how to discuss this topic with their daughters and what to expect, here are a few pointers: Start the Discussion Early Don’t wait until your daughter actually starts her period (which,…

How Sweet: The News Behind Sweeteners

Early in the morning, it’s easy to add one too many spoons of sugar into your coffee. But what is sugar doing to your body? Is there a better way to sweeten your morning coffee while still satisfying your sweet tooth? It’s time to talk about the different types of sugars and sweeteners and how…

Your Microbiome and You

Guest Bloggers: Barbara Olendzki, RD, MPH, Director, Center for Applied Nutrition, UMass Medical School, and Cordelia Shee Toh, Nutrition Intern, UMass Medical School Who are we, exactly? For a long time, this age-old question has been holding a special place in the realms of philosophy and religion. However, science also has come up with an answer,…

How to Talk to Your Teen About Opioid Drugs

Guest Blogger: Stephanie Manzi, LMHC, program director of Motivating Youth Recovery, a 24-bed acute detoxification and stabilization program for adolescents 13- to 17- years of age located at Community Healthlink in Worcester. Many parents don’t believe their teen would ever misuse opioids. As someone who works with youth in recovery, however, I’m here to tell you…

Why You Shouldn’t Be Embarrassed to Talk About Erectile Dysfunction

Guest Blogger: Katherine Rotker, MD, Urologist Although it can be a sensitive and private subject, discussing erectile dysfunction (ED) doesn’t need to be embarrassing. ED is a medical condition that affects more than 18 million men in America. In fact, by their 70s, 60 percent of men will be affected by ED. As a urologist,…

Quick and Healthy Seafood Meals

Nothing makes for a fast and easy meal like frozen seafood. With tons of health benefits, this is an aisle not to be skipped! Hear what Narmin Virani, RD, LDN, clinical dietitian, UMass Memorial Weight Center, has to say about this section of your local grocery store. This is part three of our smart grocery shopping…

Eating From the Deli Can Be Healthy? Really?

Watch this video before your next trip to the grocery store. With tons of pre-made options, the convenience of the deli counter can be tempting. In this video, Narmin Virani, RD, LDN, clinical dietitian, UMass Memorial Weight Center, shares some tips on finding the balance between healthy and handy. This is part two of our smart…

Green Mango Salad

(Serves 4) 2 firm green mangos, peeled and julienned 1 cucumber, peeled and julienned 1 small daikon, peeled and julienned 2 shallots, thinly sliced 1/4 c. cherry tomatoes, quartered 1 c. shrimp, cooked and roughly chopped 1 lime, juiced 3 T fish sauce 1 clove of garlic 2 Thai chilis, sliced Cilantro Thai basil Mint…

The Power of Mindfulness in Your Everyday Life

How many balls do you have in the air today? As women, we’re often juggling kids, a job, a spouse, a home, aging parents and more. Multitasking on so many fronts can be enormously stressful. Stress, in turn, can contribute to a host of health problems.  The lengthy list includes: Poor sleep Difficulty concentrating Feeling…

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…

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