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…

What Milk is Right For You?

Our options at the grocery store are always expanding, and milk is no exception. With lots of new dietary trends on the rise, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The most commonly consumed milk is cow’s milk, but other plant-based milks are quickly gaining mainstream popularity. Should you stick with the classic, or maybe branch out and…

Super Spinach Avocado and Blueberry Salad with Lemon Chia Dressing

A burst of freshness with sweet, tangy and savory flavors. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Jay Cyr, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA. (Serves 4) Salad 4 c. of spinach ½ red onion, thinly sliced 1 avocado, peeled and diced ¼ c. of feta cheese ½ c. of fresh blueberries ½ c. of chopped walnuts Dressing 1…

What You Need to Know About Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Did you know that Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) affects one in every three women? That’s a pretty high number. But don’t be alarmed, some PFDs are preventable or reversible through exercise or other surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.PFDs typically affect women as they age, but can develop in women as young as 20 or 30.…

Avocado Salad with Grilled Salmon and Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

If you like salmon, you’ll love it even more when it’s drizzled with avocado cilantro lime dressing. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Joey Cyr, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA (Serves 2) ½ c. fresh yellow tomatoes, halved ½ c. fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1 avocado, peeled and diced ¼ c. cooked corn…

Traveling Abroad? Plan Ahead to Avoid Sickness

  Planning a trip to South America to visit family? Perhaps an adventure awaits on a safari in Africa? Or are the palm trees and white sandy beaches in the Caribbean calling your name? If you are traveling abroad, talk to your health care provider to find out how you can lessen your chances of…

The Tools You Need for Your Daughter’s First Gynecology Visit

Do you think it might be time for your daughter to see a gynecologist for the first time? The world of women’s health is ready to welcome the next generation of women to our ranks! Good news, we’re here to help her (and you!) get through that first visit with an obstetrician/gynecologist, also referred to as…

Achoo! It Must Be Allergy Season

Guest Blogger: Deanna Richmond, MD, Primary Care Pediatrician, South County Pediatrics, Webster, MA Nasal congestion. Sneezing. Itchy, red or watery eyes. Throat irritation. Wheezing. These might be the symptoms of a run-of-the-mill cold, or seasonal allergies could be the culprit! While the snow was still falling in New England just a few short weeks ago,…

Toss Or Keep: A Primer on Fresh (And Not So Fresh) Foods

Guest blogger – Anna Polucha, Nutritionist We’ve all been there — maybe you just got home from work or school, or maybe it’s the middle of the night, and you decide to check the fridge for a snack. You open the refrigerator door and spot something vaguely familiar; it could be leftovers or something you…

Strawberry, Walnut and Mozzarella Salad

Your taste buds will welcome this sweet salad topped with fresh strawberries tossed with tangy raspberry vinaigrette. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Lindsay Knight, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA (Serves 2) 3 c. mixed greens 1 c. fresh strawberries, hulled, cleaned and sliced 3/4 c. part skim fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed 1/4 c. walnuts,…

Got Sunshine? Be Sure to Cover Up!

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Bram, MD, Primary Care Pediatrician, South County Pediatrics, Webster, MA After cold temperatures and dark days, we’re all looking forward to spending time outdoors in the warm sunshine! As a primary care pediatrician, I get lots of questions from parents about how to keep kids safe in the sun, and thought I could share…

World Hemophilia Day Celebrated Today

Does your child have frequent bruising? Urine coloring red or pink? Black bowel movements? Excessive bleeding? Needless to say, if your child experiences any of the above symptoms, please keep reading.We want to raise awareness about hemophilia. There’s no better time to talk about it than today, April 17th, World Hemophilia Day. What Exactly Is Hemophilia? Hemophilia A…

How Can You Save Eight Lives?

Winter has finally passed and the flowers are beginning to bloom—it’s the perfect time to celebrate National Donate Life Month! Though every day may not be perfect, April always seems to remind us that each day is a blessing and well-worth living. This year’s National Donate Life Month symbol is the tall, confident sunflower, which…

Broccoli Salad

Just a few ingredients give your broccoli a flavor lift. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Linda Ciccone, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA. (Serves 4) 2 c. fresh broccoli florets 1/8 c. red onion, finely diced 1 ½ T raisins ½ T dry roasted sunflower seeds 1/8 c. plain yogurt 1 T orange…

Brazilian Chic Salad

Enjoy this flavorful salad blending the flavors of pineapple, green apple and yellow pepper. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Priscila Forteza, UMass Memorial – Clinton Hospital, Clinton, MA (Serves 4) 2 c. chopped celery 2 pineapple slices, chopped (not too small or they fall apart) ½ c. yellow pepper, chopped into small cubes 3 strawberries,…

Oh Poop! Everything You Need to Know about Your No. 2

Did you know paying attention to your bowel movements is a great way to keep an eye on your health? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month so pay attention the next time you sit down for a number two. A bowel movement is what’s left after your digestive system absorbs the nutrients and fluids your body needs…

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