We all know that ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun can have a damaging effect on our skin. But many are less aware of the connection between UV rays and the potential damage to your eyes. In fact, many don’t think about eye protection in the winter like they do in the summer months. But it’s important to protect your eyes year-round.
The other day, my oldest son said words every parent will hear at some point or another. “I don’t want to go to school.” But, as a dad, I could tell by the look in his eyes this wasn’t one of those days where he just wanted to stay home and watch TV or play with Legos instead of going to school. There was something more going on behind those eyes that he wasn’t telling me. I was concerned for this mental health.
Use Heart Month as the reason to learn how to take care of your heart health. Heart disease is a killer, but you can do plenty to reduce your risk and prolong your life. Research shows that making lifestyle changes can lower your risk for heart disease.
Download our 28 Days to Heart Health calendar. Each day in February, make the effort to change your life for the better. You have one heart ... take care of it.
As our primary tools for getting things done, our hands — and our fingernails, by extension — take a lot of abuse. If we don't take care of them, it shows; but there is more to healthy nails than meets the eye.
At this point in the pandemic, you or someone you know has probably received at least one COVID-19 test. But do you know which kind of test you got and the strengths and weaknesses of these different tests?
Don't let your chips get lonely. Try a bean dip that's made with just five ingredients.
You may notice veins that bulge or look twisted (varicose veins) in your legs. Your legs may ache or swell, and sometimes they may feel heavy and tired, or like they're burning. You're not too happy with the way they look either. What can you do?
Don't fret. There are options (for women and men!) to help lessen the pain, prevent and improve swelling, and even boost your confidence when you put that cute dress or those golf shorts on.
These pumpkin-cranberry bread loaves are moist and quick. Make ahead and freeze to give to visitors.
Let’s talk about hemorrhoids ... a literal ‘pain in the butt!’ Hemorrhoids can be a cause of discomfort, fear and even embarrassment for many people. No one should have to “just deal” with these symptoms when there are compassionate UMass Memorial Health experts who can offer solutions.
For many of us, the holiday season is a joyful but stressful time of year. It can be especially challenging for people with diabetes who are trying to watch what they’re eating. One strategy to help you stick to your diet is to eat mindfully. This means paying attention not only to what you eat but also to how you eat.
What better time than November to learn about lung cancer risks and the life-saving impact early screening has. Every year 200,000 Americans are diagnosed, and 160,000 die of lung cancer; this makes lung cancer the most common cause of cancer death worldwide. These numbers are startling, and it’s up to you to take the next step and be proactive before it’s too late.
Potting training can be both a daunting task and an exciting accomplishment for children and parents. Teaching your child to stay dry through the night requires more training and readiness on your child’s part. Teaching them to stay dry during the day is a task that can be started if he or she begins to show signs of readiness, usually between 18 and 24 months. In addition to signs of readiness, it’s important that your child is emotionally prepared for this task.
If you fall into one of the qualifying categories, UMass Memorial Health is recommending you get the COVID-19 booster. The booster adds an extra layer of protection, which is important since variants are causing more infections and spreading faster than earlier forms of the virus.
Common. Preventable. Curable. Colorectal cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men and women, affecting over 150,000 people in the United States every year, with numbers rising in younger individuals.
You walk on your feet every day, forcing them to support the weight of your body. Repeated stress on your feet can cause damage over time. The right shoes can help keep your feet healthy. The wrong shoes can cause foot problems.
What’s Your Foot Shape?
To get a good fit, you need to know the shape of your foot. Do this simple test: While standing, place your foot on a piece of paper and trace around it.
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 an Ob/Gyn.
If your ingredients are flavorful, you don't need a lot of fat. A single Italian sausage link will do. Once your beans are cooked, this Italian sausage bean soup takes no time at all.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts at cooking tasty, healthy meals for your child, your picky eater refuses to eat what’s on the plate. The hotdog octopus sitting on top of the whole wheat spaghetti just isn’t cutting it.
This time of year, corn on the cob is especially delicious. Do you have a friend who avoids eating corn and other foods like seeds, nuts, and popcorn due to diverticulitis? Or maybe the person I’m describing is you? Diverticular disease is on the rise in the U.S. and is more common in older Americans. Despite being so common, many don’t know exactly what it is.
You're officially an empty nester now that your last child has left the house. How do you feel? Are you ready to take on your newly changed parenting role? Or are you feeling a little down in the dumps?
Empty nest syndrome is real with feelings of sadness, depression and loneliness. Let's see if we can get you to look at your newfound freedom in a way you may have never envisioned before. Own it! And rule the roost!