Tuscan Salad

A colorful salad to accompany your holiday meal. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Gina Halbedel, Ambulatory Services, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA (Serves 4) 1 each red, yellow and orange bell peppers, sliced ½ c. red wine vinegar ½ c. baby portobello mushrooms, sliced 4 c. raw spinach 1 large red onion,…

Preemie 101: The Doctor Said Your Baby Can Come Home … Now What?

Guest Blogger: Lawrence Rhein, MD, Chief of the Division of Neonatology, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center Many new parents are often shocked when the time comes to bring their newborn baby home. They can’t believe that the hospital is going to entrust them with such a tiny little human, and oftentimes, they feel incapable of…

Eating Through the Holidays

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Bram, MD, Pediatric Primary Care, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center The season of eating your way through Halloween to Valentine’s Day or even Easter is coming upon us with maddening speed. So many celebrations with delicious treats everywhere you look! It’s easy to lose track of your family’s health goals. How can you stay…

Free Webinar. You Can Learn at Home

Are you living with heart failure? Or have a family member with it? Living with Heart Failure – A Live Web Event is held Thursday, October 27, 6:30 pm. Colleen Harrington, MD, cardiologist will talk about the disease and the latest monitoring method that is reducing hospitalizations. Submit your questions for the doctor to answer.…

What Every Parent Needs to Know – The HPV Vaccine and Cancer Prevention

Physician Experts: Sarah Hughes, MD, Gynecologist-Oncologist, and Rick Moriarty, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease If you’re a parent of a preteen or teen, we know you have many questions about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV causes cancer. Cancer can be prevented. The HPV vaccine is the first line of defense against several types of cancers. However, many parents…

Apple Fuji Salad

Fall crisp apples gives this salad a little sweetness. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Shauna Paskell, Radiation Oncology, UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital, Burbank Campus, Fitchburg, MA (Serves 2) ½ c. dried apples 4 c. romaine lettuce Dried cranberries, as much as desired ¼ c. honey roasted peanuts 4 oz. chicken, cut into small pieces…

Social Media: The Effect on Young People and Eating Disorders

Guest Blogger: Suzanne Allen, CPNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Adolescent Medicine, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Those suffering with eating disorders have unhealthy emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight, body, and food that can have life-threatening consequences. Many of those who struggle often feel…

CT Scan vs. MRI – What’s Best for a Sports-related Concussion?

A hockey check, a bicycle accident, a fall from a tree. All are potential causes of a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Concussions, and especially sports-related concussions, can vary in the extent of the injury and the severity of the symptoms. Common mental or physical symptoms might include trouble concentrating, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, sensitivity to…

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Have some leftover chicken? With just a few ingredients, you can re-purpose it for a healthy lunch. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Frances Lucas, UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital, Marlborough, MA (Serves 2) 2 c. chopped, cooked chicken ¼ c. diced celery ¼ c. raisins ¼ c. fat free plain Greek yogurt 1…

Free Education Programs Offered

Take charge of your health today. Attend any or all of our free education programs this fall. Register today. Heart Health Warfarin and Vitamin K; Breakthrough Non-drug Alternative to Warfarin Thursday, October 6, 6 – 7 pm, Beechwood Hotel, Worcester, MA Learn about the relationship between vitamin K and warfarin, and a new breakthrough option…

New Technology to Detect Prostate Cancer?

That’s right. If the man in your life needs a biopsy, then check out the new technology available that increases the detection of high-risk prostate cancer, with minimal discomfort and faster results. Traditionally, prostate cancer biopsies have been performed by random sampling of the entire prostate. In one case, a man needed 18 painful biopsies for each of…

Super Simple Tomato Salad

A great recipe for the tomatoes just coming off the vine. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Debby Bernier, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA. (Serves 4) 20 grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half Olives of your choice, amount based on your liking 8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese balls ½ c. onions of…

Got Lunch Figured Out for School? Share Your Ideas.

It’s 7 am, and you just packed yet another PB&J with an apple for your child’s lunch. Maybe tomorrow, you’ll really be adventurous and add some marshmallow fluff. Whoa … slow down … let’s not get too crazy. There’s always bologna. Join the conversation. Don’t look now, but school will be back in session before…

Soaking Up Some Vitamin D

With summer in full effect it should be easier to get some sun exposure to help boost your intake of vitamin D, aka the “Sunshine Vitamin.” But have you ever wondered if you’re getting too little? And what’s the best way to get it? While you are enjoying fresh air and sunshine this summer, keep…

Urgent Need for Blood Donations

The sun is out, the weather is great, the pools and beaches are open, and the ice cream trucks are out in full force. But while air conditioners crank on all across the country, most people aren’t thinking about the importance of blood donation — a simple action with huge benefits. Summer is a historically…

5 Ways Your Dog Makes You Healthier

We all know dogs offer love and companionship. Why else would they be called “man’s best friend?” But did you know they also provide their owner with powerful mental and physical health benefits. You’re more active Okay, maybe your bulldog wants to lie on the couch all day snoring, but most dogs love to go…

Garlic Green Salad

The secret to this salad is in the dressing. Enjoy. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Dominika Schmid, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA. Serves 2 Salad 2 c. spring mix 1 small can of corn 1/2 c. feta cheese 1 c. cherry tomatoes Additional items: peppers, cucumber, avocado, nasturtium flowers Dressing 1 garlic clove,…

5 Easy Ways to Exercise as You Age

Finding ways to get exercise as you get older is a smart and easy way to stay fit and improve your health. Exercise is just as important in your older years as when you were younger. It’s also well known that regular exercise can help to boost heart health, maintain a healthy body weight, keep…

How Five Seconds Can Change Your Life

Guest Blogger: Mariann Manno, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Services, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center Are you guilty? Just a little? Do you sneak a peek? Only at stop signs or red lights? Well, maybe just once in a great while when absolutely necessary… Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road…

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