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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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  • Shin Splints - What are they and how to get rid of them

    Posted 11/6/2015 by jegardne

    Exercise advice from the Tanger Be Well Center at BIDMC.

    You’ve finally worked a morning run into your routine, and you feel great. That’s until you push for that extra mile, and start noticing an ache along the front or inside of your shin. Your first thought: “maybe I pushed myself too far.”

    If you’ve experienced pain or discomfort along the length of your shin at some point during your sports or fitness training routine, you might be part of the 10 to 20% of athletes that experience shin splints. The term ‘shin splints’ does not refer to a specific injury, but is a catch-all term for leg pain that occurs below the knee, either on the front outside or the inside part of the leg. The condition often plagues beginning runners who do try to build their mileage too quickly, or seasoned runners who abruptly change their workout regimen, suddenly adding too much mileage, or switching from running on flat surfaces to hills. Shin splints can generally be described in four words: “Too much, too soon.”  

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  • The Flu Vaccine is the Best Defense Against the Influenza Virus

    Posted 10/5/2015 by jegardne

    Every year beginning around October, we find ourselves plunged into another flu season. Healthcare organizations ramp up communications; signs appear outside of neighborhood pharmacies; health centers promote public flu vaccine sessions; and almost half of the US population typically decides to get vaccinated.

    It isn’t too late to get the vaccine.  Getting the vaccine any time before the end of the flu season will decrease your risk.  It may decrease your chance of getting the flu by as much as 70 to 90 percent.

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  • Boost Your Workout with Some Well-Chosen Tunes

    Posted 10/5/2015 by jegardne

    Walk into any gym and you’ll see people with headphones. Maybe you’re one of them. Here’s something that might strike a chord with you: there’s an interesting link between your music and your workout.

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  • Are You Getting Enough Zzz's?

    Posted 9/25/2015 by jegardne

    Confronted with the nightly decision of a) going to bed early and getting a full night’s sleep, versus b) staying awake to study, finish work, or catch up on a favorite TV series, nearly two thirds of Americans choose “b”. Most people think they can get by on six and a half or seven hours of sleep (a recent Gallup poll puts the average at 6.8), when, in fact, the golden rule is that adults need a solid eight hours. From immune system health, to psychological well-being, to improved memory and learning, a good night’s sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle. 

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  • New Treatments Fuel Confidence for Former President Carter

    Posted 9/2/2015 by jegardne
    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter recently shared his diagnosis of stage IV metastatic melanoma and appears optimistic. With recent advances in treatment, Carter’s positive attitude is not without reason. 

    Metastatic melanoma is a less common form of skin cancer known to grow and spread rapidly to different parts of the body. In Carter’s case, four cancerous growths originating in his liver reached his brain in matter of months.

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  • Walking is Underrated

    Posted 6/23/2015 by jegardne
    This blog post is written by John-Paul D. Hezel, MD, BIDMC Sports Medicine physician.

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