Winchester Star: Health

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Compartment syndrome
    Tuesday - 05/22/2018 - 11:48 AM

    Q: My daughter’s doctor said she might have compartment syndrome. What is this?A: The muscles of the arms and legs are divided into compartments by strong fascial membranes. There are four compartments in the lower leg (the most common site for compartment syndrome), four in the forearm, as well as compartments in the upper arm, thigh, abdomen, behind the eye, in the hand, foot, buttock, and thorax.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • OVER THE COUNTER: Cover up, it’s hot outside — make the most of late spring and summer
    Tuesday - 05/22/2018 - 12:07 PM

    In the warm, sunny days of spring and summer, we’re often lulled into letting our guard down. We don’t have to bundle up as we do in the winter and we can swap our snow boots for sandals.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Anesthesia: Including general and regional blocks
    Tuesday - 05/15/2018 - 12:15 PM

    Q: My wife is having surgery next week and the anesthesiologist recommended a regional block instead of general anesthesia. Is this the right way to go?A: Anesthesia is a technique used to prevent pain during a procedure.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Parent worried about 14-year-old's collarbone fracture
    Wednesday - 05/02/2018 - 08:51 PM

    Q: My 14-year-old daughter broke her collarbone when she fell during a soccer game. How worried should I be?A: The clavicle (the medical name for the collar bone, there is one on each side of the body) is an “S” shaped bone (although with fairly subtle curves in the “S”) that acts like a beam connecting the torso and the arm, with its proximal end (the beginning of the “S”) connecting it to the breast bone [...]

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  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Myelodysplastic syndrome 2018
    Tuesday - 04/24/2018 - 12:32 PM

    Q: My cousin was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, what is this?A: The three major types of blood cells are produced in the bone marrow and include red blood cells (RBCs) that carry oxygen, white blood cells (WBCs) that fight infection and platelets that help the blood clot to prevent excessive bleeding.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Hypothermia, 2018 Boston Marathon
    Tuesday - 04/17/2018 - 11:12 AM

    Q: I ran the Boston Marathon and had to leave the race at mile 15 because it was so cold and I was shivering uncontrollably. What causes this?A: Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (98.6 F); lower than this is hypothermia.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Stretch marks sign of childhood growth
    Wednesday - 04/11/2018 - 04:00 PM

    Q: My son has never been overweight, but he has developed what looks like stretch marks on his lower back. Is this something I should be worried about? What can cause this?A: Striae distensae (the medical name for "stretch marks") are a very common skin discoloration/scarring.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Death and how it’s viewed
    Wednesday - 04/04/2018 - 07:15 PM

    Q: Why do we say people "fight" an illness?A: This question gets to the heart of a huge problem we have in the United States; how we think about sickness and death.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? ALS after Stephen Hawking’s death
    Tuesday - 03/20/2018 - 04:25 PM

    Q: How typical was Stephen Hawking’s battle with ALS?A: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease (after the famous baseball player who died from the disease in 1941).More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Siblings caring for parents
    Tuesday - 03/13/2018 - 07:18 PM

    Q: For years my sister cared for my mother. She did not include the other siblings in her decisions. She complained to all of us about how much she does but when we offered to help her she said “no.” Now our parents need more care and my sister only complains about all she does but when we offer with concrete advice or offer to help she again says “no.” I worry about my parents and question if my parents should move closer to me rather than stay [...]

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  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Compartment syndrome
    Tuesday - 05/22/2018 - 02:47 PM

    Q: My daughter’s doctor said she might have compartment syndrome. What is this?A: The muscles of the arms and legs are divided into compartments by strong fascial membranes. There are four compartments in the lower leg (the most common site for compartment syndrome), four in the forearm, as well as compartments in the upper arm, thigh, abdomen, behind the eye, in the hand, foot, buttock, and thorax.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Types of anesthesia used during surgery
    Wednesday - 05/16/2018 - 07:58 PM

    Q: My wife is having surgery next week and the anesthesiologist recommended a regional block instead of general anesthesia. Is this the right way to go?A: Anesthesia is a technique used to prevent pain during a procedure.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Do I listen to my mother or the professional staff?
    Tuesday - 05/08/2018 - 01:40 PM

    Q: My mother moved into a rehab facility for short term stay. She is ready to return home and I am struggling with what are the best services for my mother?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Clavicle fracture
    Tuesday - 05/01/2018 - 12:09 PM

    Q: My 14-year-old daughter broke her collarbone when she fell during a soccer game. How worried should I be?A: The clavicle (the medical name for the collar bone, there is one on each side of the body) is an “S” shaped bone (although with fairly subtle curves in the “S”) that acts like a beam connecting the torso and the arm, with its proximal end (the beginning of the “S”) connecting it to the breast bone [...]

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  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Myelodysplastic syndrome 2018
    Tuesday - 04/24/2018 - 02:47 PM

    Q: My cousin was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, what is this?A: The three major types of blood cells are produced in the bone marrow and include red blood cells (RBCs) that carry oxygen, white blood cells (WBCs) that fight infection and platelets that help the blood clot to prevent excessive bleeding.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Pelvic floor keeps urine off the floor
    Tuesday - 04/17/2018 - 11:55 AM

    Urinary incontinence affects 25 million people in the United States of those, 75-80 percent are women. From the first-time women experience incontinence, they wait over six years to seek medical attention.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Death and how it’s viewed
    Sunday - 04/08/2018 - 12:05 PM

    Q: Why do we say people "fight" an illness?A: This question gets to the heart of a huge problem we have in the United States; how we think about sickness and death.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Leadership for our future
    Tuesday - 03/27/2018 - 09:43 PM

    The activities of the weekend of March 24, 2018 made one thing very clear; the world is in excellent hands as the millennials and gen Z’s take a more and more influential role in our society.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Leptospirosis
    Tuesday - 03/13/2018 - 07:08 PM

    Q: My daughter returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic and several of the people on the trip began having flu-like symptoms. One of the girls was evaluated for leptospirosis.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Human trafficking
    Tuesday - 03/06/2018 - 03:35 PM

    Q: In your sexual abuse column you did not mention human trafficking, and that was a huge omission. Please address this issue.A: I actually had this included in the first version of that column but deleted it due to space limitations.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • New numbers from DPH shed more light on prevalence of opioid overdose deaths
    Tuesday - 05/22/2018 - 04:55 PM

    At least 201 Massachusetts residents died of opioid overdoses in the first three months of 2018, according to new Department of Public Health data, which shows the death toll for the quarter could rise to more than 500.In its latest quarterly report on opioid overdoses, the department said deaths declined by an estimated 5 percent over the first quarter of 2017.There were 201 confirmed fatal opioid-related overdoses from January through March of this year, according to [...]

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  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Types of anesthesia used during surgery
    Wednesday - 05/16/2018 - 10:47 PM

    Q: My wife is having surgery next week and the anesthesiologist recommended a regional block instead of general anesthesia. Is this the right way to go?A: Anesthesia is a technique used to prevent pain during a procedure.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Running myths
    Tuesday - 05/15/2018 - 12:39 PM

    This time of year, we start to see the already large population of runners in the Boston metro area grow. Whether you run for exercise, are training for a 5K or half marathon, or just run after your kids at the park, there are many common myths and misconceptions about running.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • OVER THE COUNTER: Teach your teen healthy habits to last a lifetime
    Tuesday - 04/24/2018 - 11:15 AM

    Three things come to mind when looking back on our teenage years: the cool scent of Noxzema, the burn of Oxy pads and the white residue of Clearasil.Pimples and oily skin were our worst enemies, and we were desperate to zap them all away with solutions and medicated pads that were probably powerful enough to wipe down the high school cafeteria table.Our battle strategy was to attack – pimples and everything else – from the outside.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • OVER THE COUNTER: Teach your teen healthy habits to last a lifetime
    Tuesday - 04/24/2018 - 12:47 PM

    Three things come to mind when looking back on our teenage years: the cool scent of Noxzema, the burn of Oxy pads and the white residue of Clearasil.Pimples and oily skin were our worst enemies, and we were desperate to zap them all away with solutions and medicated pads that were probably powerful enough to wipe down the high school cafeteria table.Our battle strategy was to attack – pimples and everything else – from the outside.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester native to bring Fit Life to her hometown
    Monday - 04/16/2018 - 06:28 PM

    When Winchester native Jenine Marino Wright first started teaching fitness classes at 15 years old, she was hooked. She loved inspiring her students to lead a healthy lifestyle and improve their physical and emotional health.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Stretch marks sign of childhood growth
    Wednesday - 04/11/2018 - 06:47 PM

    Q: My son has never been overweight, but he has developed what looks like stretch marks on his lower back. Is this something I should be worried about? What can cause this?A: Striae distensae (the medical name for "stretch marks") are a very common skin discoloration/scarring.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • OVER THE COUNTER: For women, understanding the body gets better with age
    Tuesday - 03/27/2018 - 09:50 PM

    It’s funny the double standard that exists when discussing aging, sex and what happens to reproductive organs when we get older. When it’s about men, talking about intimacy and middle age (and beyond) seems acceptable, but this is not always so when it comes to women.Don’t believe us?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Dancers versus athletes: the similarities and differences
    Tuesday - 03/20/2018 - 04:49 PM

    Dance is a popular activity for kids and adults. The popularity of dance-related television shows is bringing this art form to larger audiences and increases participation throughout all stages of life.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT’S UP DOC? Teachers armed with guns
    Tuesday - 02/27/2018 - 04:14 PM

    Q: Will arming teachers protect our children?A: The EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) who work as first responders are trained in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and have equipment and other skills to aid in their response to cardiac arrest.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share