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  • Some Helpful Tips on Deciding If You’re Too Sick to Work

    Posted 2/9/2016 by smconsta

    This blog post is written by Neha Robinson, MD, Family Medicine

    Ah… ah… ah… achoo! When sniffles and coughing arises, there are two types of people in this world: those who choose to stay home sick, which can result in a short-staffed workplace, and those who “tough it out,” which might cause the spread of germs! So which type are you? The answer could depend on knowing the difference between when it’s okay to go in to work and when you should just stay home.

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  • The Importance of Grip Strength

    Posted 1/19/2016 by jegardne

    Exercise advice from the Tanger Be Well Center at BIDMC

    A firm handshake can take you pretty far in life: a good job, the respect of colleagues, a better-controlled forehand on the tennis court. But have you ever stopped to wonder why? For starters, it’s important to know that the hand and shoulder are linked through neurological pathways originating in the brain.

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  • Tips for Eating Healthy During the Holidays

    Posted 12/22/2015 by jegardne

    This blog post is written by Elisabeth Moore, RD, nutrition therapist at the CardioVascular Institute at BIDMC.

    The holidays are a special time of year for family, traditions, and food. But for many of us, maintaining healthy habits can be challenging during this busy season: Attending holiday parties takes time away from going to the gym, baking holiday cookies requires lots of taste testing, and it seems like someone’s always raising their glass to make a toast or offer a little cheer.

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  • Do Fitness Gadgets Really Help?

    Posted 12/18/2015 by jegardne

    This blog post is written by staff at the Tanger Be Well Center at BIDMC.

    Maybe it’s because the holiday shopping season comes on the heels of our annual New Year’s resolutions, but many a wish list this year seems to include a few exercise gadgets. Store shelves are stocked with everything from wearable technology to help track your heart rate to compression shorts that promise to improve your squat.

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  • Dry Winter Skin

    Posted 12/10/2015 by jegardne

    This blog post is written by Susan J. Huang, MD, BIDMC Department of Dermatology 

    It’s a tale as old as winter itself: The days grow shorter, bitter winds descend from the north, and as you wash your hands with greater urgency to keep seasonal germs at bay, your skin cracks, flakes, and fissures like an over-baked holiday cookie. 

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  • Aerobic vs. Resistance Training: Which to do first?

    Posted 12/1/2015 by jegardne

    Exercise advice from the Tanger Be Well Center at BIDMC

    What’s the first thing you do when you walk into a gym? Do you simply look for the nearest available exercise machine and hop on? Or do you walk in with a plan?

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  • Turkey and Tryptophan, what’s the deal?

    Posted 11/25/2015 by smconsta

    This blog post is written by Sandra Allonen, RD, Clinical Dietitian at BIDMC. 

    It’s a familiar scene: Gravy-stained plates piled high in the sink, pumpkin pie browning in the oven, trails of cranberry sauce splattered across the floor, and in the next room, serenaded by the sounds of football and an over-indulgent uncle, your family teeters at the brink of sleep. 

    What’s the deal? You wonder. Is all this yawning the effect of tryptophan in turkey?

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  • What is Lewy body dementia?

    Posted 11/20/2015 by jegardne

    This blog post is written by Dan Press, MD, Neurologist at BIDMC

    You may have recently heard in the news that Susan Williams, the wife of the late actor Robin Williams, has said that the cause of her husband’s suicide was due to Lewy body dementia (LBD), and not general depression, as was originally suspected. While we don’t know Mr. Williams’ medical history and can’t comment specifically on his case, this announcement has brought up some conversation about what this disease is all about.  

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  • A Plan for Smoking Cessation

    Posted 11/19/2015 by smconsta

    This blog post is written by Sidhu Gangadharan, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonology at BIDMC.

    This Thursday, November 19th, marks the 40th annual Great American Smokeout, a nation-wide tradition that grew from a 1970 event just outside Boston, in Randolph, MA. The event inspires smokers to quit smoking, plan a day to quit, or celebrate another year of being smoke-free. And while there’s a lot to celebrate — the most recent data puts the total number of smokers at just over 15 percent, down from half of all Americans in the 1960s — smoking is still all too common, resulting in lung cancer, shortened life expectancy, pulmonary diseases, and many other preventable health concerns. 

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  • Deciphering the New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

    Posted 11/12/2015 by jegardne

    This blog post is written by Tejas S. Mehta, MD,MPH,  Co-director of the BIDMC BreastCare Center and Chief of Breast Imaging, Department of Radiology.

    Recently, the American Cancer Society (ACS) issued new guidelines for breast cancer screening for women who are considered at average risk of getting breast cancer. Average risk means a woman does not possess certain risk factors such as family history and age.  
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