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…

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,…

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