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…

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.    

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