Brownie Kisses

Heading to a holiday party? Visiting a friend’s house? Getting ready for company? Try these yummy brownie kisses, Melted chocolate, chocolate chips and nuts (omit if you’d like) make a great combo for these treats.

Buying Guidelines for Safe and Fun Toys

Who’d have thought a cute plush puppy could cause choking? Or that the Jurassic World dinosaur claw gloves could poke an eye? You know the little boy in your life would love the ninja turtle sword, but think twice. It could cause a blunt force injury when he swings it at someone. The right toys…

What Do Blood Sugar and Baseball Have in Common?

About 8 percent of the population in Worcester County has diabetes according to state data. Taking charge of the disease is important in preventing or delaying the onset of complications. One way to do this is to monitor your blood sugar. The A1C test gives you a picture of your average blood glucose (blood sugar) control…

The Season of Thanks – Get Your Free Gift

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” -Ralph Marston This quote is especially significant around…

Help! I Can’t Find My Keys.

How’s your memory? Concerned that you may be more forgetful? Have you experienced a “senior moment?” There are several things you can do to invigorate your mind’s inner workings and, in turn, experience life in the way you want. How do you keep your brain healthy? Move Your Muscles. Exercise is just as important for…

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

We love Chop Chop magazine and the recipe they posted for Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. Silky smooth, slightly sweet, and super-easy to make, this soup is a fall favorite.  

The Pain Brought on by Opioids

Guest bloggers: Amy Wachholtz, PhD, MDiv, health psychologist, and Padma Sankaran, MA, research assistant Massachusetts is facing a growing epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths. Recent statistics from the Worcester DPH shows 33 overdose deaths and 756 non-fatal reported overdose cases in the past year. With proper prevention, treatment and recovery support, this epidemic…

What You Need to Know About the Breast Density Law

Can you identify which image here is the dense breast? If you guessed the one on the left, you’re right. Were you aware that this year Massachusetts implemented a law that requires all mammography providers to notify patients in writing of their breast density and why? Read on to learn what you need to know about…

What to do with All that Halloween Candy

Halloween is here and as you admire your mountain of sweets, you realize it’s probably not the best idea to eat all that candy. After sorting through your treats and picking out your favorites, what should you do with the leftover candy? Here are a few ideas! Donate Donating your Halloween candy is a selfless way…

Common Colorectal Concerns

Fear and embarrassment can often get in the way of important, and often life-saving, conversations between patients and their care providers. Watch this video as W. Brian Sweeney, MD, from the Division of Colorectal Surgery gives some advice on how to overcome these concerns. Join us for a live webinar on November 5 about diverticulitis…

Give Your Kale a Rubdown

Break out the scented candles, turn on some Barry White, and get ready to massage your kale. Kale is a nutritious green vegetable rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium and iron. But if you’re going to eat it raw—say, in a salad—you may enjoy it more if it’s given a good rubdown. Wondering…

The Polls are Open – Vote for Your Favorite Salad Today!

The salads were made. The recipes were submitted. The Simply Well team and our clinical dietitians have narrowed our staff submissions down to the top 24 salads based on creativity, nutritional value and taste. Now it’s time for you to vote on the top 12. Winners will be featured in our 2016 Simply Salads Calendar. Vote on your…

Toddler and Tablets

We’re living in a technological age; it’s all around us. So it only makes sense that children, toddlers and even infants are exposed to iPads, smartphones and tablets at a high rate. Tablet use in young children and toddlers has experts split on how much use is appropriate, if any. Some experts favor an “unplugged”…

What You Should Know About Alzeimer’s

Grab your cup of coffee and put your feet up as you watch and listen to experts help you learn about Alzheimer’s disease. Since many of us are dealing with aging parents and spouses, it’s a good idea to be armed with knowledge about this common disease. Learn from a panel of providers about the disease. Hear from a daughter…

6 Ways to Reduce Injuries in Youth Sports

Guest Blogger: Christie Langenberg, MD, Primary Care/Sports Medicine Fall sports are underway. Kids and teens are gearing up for football, cheering, hockey and a slew of other sports. Here are six ways to reduce injuries in youth sports. For more information, view this Sports Injury Prevention Tip Sheet Wear proper equipment: Find out what appropriate protective gear your child…

A Day in the Life of a Hospitalist… with Noah Rosenberg, MD

Guest blogger: Noah Rosenberg, MD, Family Medicine/Hospitalist When people ask me what kind of doctor I am, and I tell them that I’m a family medicine hospitalist, they often respond with a confused look. First, they are sometimes confused because most people associate family medicine with their primary care doctor. While it’s true that most physicians…

The Nest Is Not Empty If You Are Still In It

If you are an “empty nester,” you have perhaps read the title above and think that we have taken a rather literal, or even cynical, approach to your situation. But perhaps this can serve as a cue for you to do the same and, in the end, take advantage of your empty nest syndrome in…

Tips for Shopping at the Farmers Market

Are some products at farmers markets better than others? Is there a benefit to buying native products like corn or honey? Are farmers markets fruits and vegetables as good as fresh produce in grocery stores? What should you look for regarding nutrition when shopping at a farmers market? In the video below, UMass Memorial clinical…

3 Tips to Avoid Infections in Simple Cuts and Scrapes

Playing outside is a normal part of growing up. Whether your kids are involved in organized sports a few nights a week or they just like to run around in the backyard whenever they can, exercise and fresh air are never terrible options for growing children. However, some helicopter parents might want to protect their…

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