New Food Labels Show What We Are Really Eating

In the coming years, you’ll begin to notice changes on the nutrition fact labels on cans, boxes and packages. From milk to flour, from potato chips to baked beans, the new changes make it easier for you to be better informed about food choices by clearly knowing what and how much you are really eating. Additionally, the…

Is it Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

The birth of a baby is often a joyous event. However, it can also result in something you, as a new mom, may not expect: depression. As many as 80 percent of moms experience what’s called the “baby blues” within the first few days to two weeks following delivery. They cry more easily, feel irritable…

31 Days of Giving

‘Tis the season for giving! During the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the gifts, decorations and parties. It’s important to take a step back from all the celebrations to see what you can do to give back. We’ve come up with 31 ways you can give back to your community – one…

Colds: Stay Home or See a Doctor

Is it just a cold? Strep throat? Allergies? A runny nose and sore throat are simple enough to treat, but what if it’s more than just the common cold? Should you go to your medicine cabinet, to your doctor or to the local urgent care center? Medicine Cabinet: If you have a runny nose, sore throat,…

Keys to Platinum Golden Years

While getting older may be unavoidable, there are still many things we can do to ensure the healthiest possible journey into our golden years. Read on for some important advice I urge all women to take. Screenings: Early Detection Saves Lives It’s true.Certain cancers are more easily cured — even prevented — when found early.…

Vegan Options for Turkey Day

Whether you’re vegan or you have someone who eats a plant-based diet that will be joining you for Thanksgiving dinner, you may want to consider some delicious alternative recipes. Just because people choose to be plant-based doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a hearty meal on Thanksgiving and experience food comas just like everyone else! Today,…

The Art of Eating Produce by Season

You may have heard a recommendation to eat seasonally or locally and wondered exactly what that meant or why you should bother. If you’ve ever purchased fresh produce from a local farmers’ market, you may know how much better it can taste. Most of us could probably taste the difference between a ripe tomato just…

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,…

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