Prepare Your Home First-aid Kit

Cuts, and scrapes, and bruises, oh my! When it comes to common household injuries, it’s best to be prepared by keeping all your home medical supplies all in one spot. Your first-aid kit could be a cardboard box, a tackle box, or a pre-packaged kit, but all should contain some basic items. Below is a…

Eggplant Chili

A new twist on chili. This recipe was a winner in our Simply Slow Cookin’ contest. Congratulations to Senica Hallene, Nursing, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA (Serves 8) ½ lb. package ground turkey 1 small red onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, diced 15 oz. can diced tomatoes 16 oz. can of tomato puree 1 c.…

10 Things You Can Do To Live Longer, Better and Happier

From taking medications safely to learning about good health,take a look at the following 10 things you can do to help you live longer, better and happier. Add these routine activities for women to ensure your good health. Be informed. Learn about health promotion and disease prevention, and ask your health care provider for specific information regarding your…

Can You Work Out Too Much?

We’ve all heard the axiom “no pain, no gain” when it comes to exercising, but how do you know when it’s become too much pain? Before muscles can strengthen themselves, the muscle first must be stressed. As muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and even bone are stressed slowly over time, they build up strength that allows…

Strawberry Kale and Farro Salad

The pop of red makes the winter a little brighter. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Tracey Wilkie, Office of Clinical Integration, UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester, MA (Serves 4) 1 c. dry farro 1 large bunch kale, cleaned and torn into bite size pieces 2 c. strawberries,sliced 3/4 c. feta cheese, crumbled 1…

Milk is Off the Menu

A scoop of ice cream or a tall glass of milk with freshly baked cookies can be a great treat, but what if these treats cause an upset stomach on a regular basis? If you find yourself uncomfortable every time you drink milk or consume milk products, it may be time to consider the possibility…

A Doctor in the Palm of Your Hand

Have you ever found yourself looking online to find out what type of illness you may have? Oftentimes these stray searches on the internet end in stress, and could cause you to think your injury or illness is much worse than it really is. Simplify your life and relieve the stress of not knowing what could be…

Got flu shot?

Guest Blogger: Maria Michas, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Associate Vice President and Medical Director, Employee Health Services, Occupational Injury Care and Wellness  Have you gotten a flu shot this year to protect yourself against influenza? Influenza, (commonly called the flu), is an illness caused by viruses that can infect the nose, throat and lungs. Flu viruses are spread by…

5 Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck

One of the things many of us take for granted is a pain-free neck. It’s only when we have a stiff or painful neck that we wish we had taken preventive measures. The exercises discussed below are to strengthen and stretch a normal neck. If you have preexisting neck pain or a spine condition, check…

New Insurance Guidelines Cover Lung Cancer Screening Test

Did you know that lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women? Did you also know that according to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate…

Plan a Healthy Thanksgiving from Start to Finish

It’s that time of year again. We’re all looking forward to the holidays but not to the inevitable weight we put on while celebrating. But does it really have to be inevitable? These tips can help get you through the holidays, enjoying time with your family and friends with a lot less guilt and extra pounds.…

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…

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