I think we can all agree it’s been a rough winter, but spring will come and we’ll be shedding some of those layers of clothes. When that happens, our thoughts often turn to eating healthier, so, in anticipation of the warmer weather, we’ve pulled together some of our most popular posts about nutrition. Whether you’re looking to shed some pounds, get tips to help you eat healthier or prevent or manage a chronic illness, we think this list includes something for everyone! Continue reading
Posted in Nutrition
Tagged diabetes, diabetes management, fiber, fiber additives, fiber supplements, grilling and cancer link, HCA, healthy eating, healthy eating habits, healthy grocery list, healthy lifestyle, heart disease, heart health, heterocyclic amines, high fiber diet, meatless diet, meatless monday, Mediterranean diet, menopause, prediabetes, Somerville, superfoods, vegan, vegan diet, weight management, Wellesley
An often painful disorder that affects millions of women, endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is a condition where tissue that normally lines the uterine cavity or womb grows outside of your uterus or womb where it doesn’t belong. The clumps of tissue that grow outside your uterus are called implants.
When you have endometriosis, the implants of tissue outside your uterus act just like the tissue lining your uterus. During your menstrual cycle, they get thicker, then break down and bleed. But the implants are outside your uterus, so the blood cannot flow out of your body.
Although endometriosis growths are benign (not cancerous), they can still cause problems. The implants can get irritated and painful and sometimes form scar tissue or blood-filled sacs within the ovaries called cysts. Continue reading
Posted in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Tagged benign growths, cysts, gynecolgic surgery, heavy periods, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), laparoscopy, menopause, ovarian cysts, ovaries, painful periods, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), pelvic pain, uterine cysts, uterine growths
Need a helper at the grocery store? Tired of doing all of the shopping alone? Grab a SMArt Kid! After this month’s SMA, they are now well informed about the healthiest ways to shop at the local grocery store. They will remind you to keep in mind these simple rules before you and your family head out to the supermarket:
- Be prepared (have a list and plan recipes for the week)
- Don’t go hungry (you’ll avoid being tempted by free samples, freshly baked muffins, or treats in the check out aisle)
- Look at labels (remember, look for low sugar, high fiber foods)
And of course, remember MyPlate.gov when choosing your family’s food. Encourage more fruits and veggies – they should fill at least half of your plate at each meal.
We reviewed the areas of the grocery store that are the healthiest to shop. What are those? Continue reading
Posted in Pediatrics, Weight Management
Tagged adolescents, Burlington, children, eating well, group appointments, healthy eating, healthy eating habits, healthy lifestyle, pediatric care, Shared Medical Appointment, SMArt Kids, weight management
For years, doctors have used a PSA blood test to screen men for prostate cancer. The test measures a protein made by the prostate gland, called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA).
But the PSA test can do more harm than good. Here’s why: Continue reading
Posted in Men's Health, Urology
Tagged ABIM, Choosing Wisely, enlarged prostate gland, prostate cancer, prostate screening, prostate screening tests, PSA, PSA test, risk of prostate cancer, watchful waiting
In July 2014, Kim met with Heather Gangloff, her physician assistant (PA), for what was supposed to be a routine physical exam. But after feeling something unusual in Kim’s abdomen, Heather suggested that she see a gynecologist and promptly scheduled an appointment. Just two days later, Kim found herself in Dr. Farah Shafi’s office to discuss the results of an ultrasound.
Kim knew Dr. Shafi. Two years prior, an ultrasound revealed four non-cancerous fibroids that Kim and Dr. Shafi successfully managed without surgery. This time, however, was different – Dr. Shafi found six fibroids, much larger than before. Continue reading
Posted in Patient Stories
Tagged Burlington, Burlington doctors, fibroids, gynecologic surgery, hysterectomy, laproscopic surgery, laproscopy, MIGS, minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery, Mt. Auburn Hospital, robot-assisted surgery, robotic surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, women's health