Winchester Star: Health

  • Winchester physician named chair for women’s health
    Thursday - 03/16/2017 - 03:07 PM

    Lahey Health named Winchester Hospital physician, Dr. Arlan F. Fuller, to the newly-created Telemachus and Irene Demoulas Family chair for women’s health. Fuller is the clinical vice president for Oncology Services Integration and Academic Affiliations at Winchester Hospital, a member of Lahey Health.The Telemachus and Irene Demoulas Family Foundation endowed the new chair to honor Fuller and promote women’s health throughout the Lahey Health system.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Home care agency notes
    Tuesday - 03/14/2017 - 09:19 AM

    Q: My mother lives out of state and she receives services from a home care agency. The agency provides daily help. I only receive a phone call from the agency when there is a problem.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Our food system is still messed up, says 'Diet for a Small Planet' author
    Wednesday - 03/08/2017 - 03:07 PM

    FRAMINGHAM - Forty-six years after she published a book that opened the nation’s eyes to a different way of eating and thinking about food, Frances Moore Lappe says we continue to see the problem of world hunger the wrong way.“We are still creating a great deal of suffering out of plenty,” the social activist and author of "Diet for a Small Planet" said during a Feb.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Prader-Willi syndrome
    Wednesday - 03/01/2017 - 01:05 PM

    Q: Is there a disease some kids are born with that makes them want to eat all the time?A: Prader-Willi Syndrome is a rare genetic condition, affecting about one in 25,000 live births.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Suicides up 40 percent over 10-year period across Massachusetts
    Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 02:11 PM

    There were 608 suicides in Massachusetts in 2014, more than the combined number of deaths attributable to homicide and motor vehicle accidents, according to a report placed on file with the Legislature by the state Department of Public Health.The report, submitted by Public Heath Commissioner Monica Bharel and dated Feb.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SPINE & SPORTS: Improving spine care outcomes
    Tuesday - 02/14/2017 - 05:09 PM

    A recent study of older back pain patients concluded that individuals with both chronic lower back pain along with multiple other health conditions had lower health care costs and better outcomes when they used chiropractic treatment compared to those who did not.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester doctor to receive research award
    Thursday - 02/09/2017 - 01:56 PM

    Ula Jurkunas, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and associate scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, of Winchester, was selected to receive a 2017 ARVO Foundation/Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Narcissistic personality disorder
    Tuesday - 02/07/2017 - 09:35 AM

    Q: My friend says there is a psychiatric diagnosis for being a narcissist. Is that true?A: There are no specific blood or imaging tests to diagnose psychiatric disorders, although research is being done on this (for example studying specialized MRI imaging tests).More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Abdominal wall hernia
    Tuesday - 01/31/2017 - 02:32 PM

    Q: Sometimes I get an uncomfortable bulge in my abdomen, but then it goes away. Is this a hernia?A: You should see your health care provider to be checked, but a hernia is a possibility, so that is what today’s column will be about.A hernia is when a body organ protrudes through body wall that normally holds it in.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Flu is breaking out; surprising studies reveal the cause and how you can protect yourself
    Monday - 01/30/2017 - 02:47 PM

    Watching for the first dip in temperature could protect your family from the annual influx of illness. Here's what you need to know:Here are the factsSeasonal flu breaks out after the winter's first cold spell.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SPINE & SPORTS: Preparing your body for the Boston Marathon
    Tuesday - 03/14/2017 - 05:33 PM

    For all of you Boston Marathoners reading this article, there’s only a little time left to prepare your body to endure the demanding 26.2 mile course. Aside from being well trained in advance, surviving an incredible endurance event such as a marathon depends on your body feeling and functioning well, and having the fuel on board to drive your metabolic engine to the finish line.Routine and adequate sleep is critical, since your body does not heal well with insufficient sleep.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Home care agency notes
    Tuesday - 03/14/2017 - 10:47 AM

    Q: My mother lives out of state and she receives services from a home care agency. The agency provides daily help. I only receive a phone call from the agency when there is a problem.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Kidney transplant
    Tuesday - 03/07/2017 - 02:10 PM

    Q: My cousin is going to get a kidney transplant. Can you tell me more about this, and will they leave her old kidneys in or take them out?A: The kidneys filter certain wastes/toxins from the blood and excrete them in the urine, balance the body’s fluid and electrolyte levels, and help regulate/produce various hormone and vitamin D levels.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Prader-Willi syndrome
    Wednesday - 03/01/2017 - 02:47 PM

    Q: Is there a disease some kids are born with that makes them want to eat all the time?A: Prader-Willi Syndrome is a rare genetic condition, affecting about one in 25,000 live births.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

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    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 09:26 AM

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological condition that causes a wide range of symptoms due to the loss of brain cells that produce dopamine. The loss of these cells impairs the brain’s ability to tell the muscles what to do.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Dementia Friendly Communities, memory cafes
    Tuesday - 02/14/2017 - 10:21 AM

    Q: I live in MetroWest Massachusetts and I have been reading articles about “Dementia Friendly Communities.” I spoke with the Council on Aging who provided me with some additional information.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • American Red Cross seeking blood donors in Essex, Middlesex counties
    Wednesday - 02/08/2017 - 04:18 PM

    The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter so patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.Michael Harper knows how critical it is to have a readily available blood supply.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • How to keep your Super Bowl party from being an icky germ-fest
    Thursday - 02/02/2017 - 10:56 AM

    If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, you no doubt want guests to walk away with happy memories, with the giggles, with their own coats, with wishing the game had gone into overtime so they could stay longer.You do not want them to stagger away with germs that will keep them up all night and well into the coming week.With that in mind, Dr.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Flu is breaking out; surprising studies reveal the cause and how you can protect yourself
    Monday - 01/30/2017 - 11:53 AM

    Watching for the first dip in temperature could protect your family from the annual influx of illness. Here's what you need to know:Here are the factsSeasonal flu breaks out after the winter's first cold spell.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Potatoes get a bad rap. They don't deserve it.
    Friday - 01/27/2017 - 05:03 PM

    In the two decades I've been writing about food and health, one piece of diet advice has remained consistent: Eat more whole plant foods. More vegetables and fruits, more legumes and grains, more tubers and roots.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Peptic ulcer disease
    Tuesday - 03/14/2017 - 04:59 PM

    Q: My boyfriend was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer, and he said his doctor told him it was from an infection. Does this really happen, or did he misunderstand?A: A peptic ulcer is an erosion in the mucosal lining of the stomach (gastric ulcer) or the first part of the small intestines (duodenal ulcer).More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester resident to run for Boston Children’s Hospital
    Saturday - 03/11/2017 - 12:42 PM

    Joe Zampitella, of Winchester, will run the 121st Boston Marathon on April 17 in support of Boston Children’s Hospital. As a member of Credit Unions Kids @ Heart team, Zampitella’s extra incentive to push across the finish line is to help children and families who receive world-class care at Boston Children’s Hospital.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Group exercise can help Parkinson’s patients
    Wednesday - 03/08/2017 - 11:02 AM

    Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition that causes a wide range of symptoms due to the loss of brain cells that produce dopamine. The loss of these cells impairs the brain’s ability to tell the muscles what to do.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • OVER THE COUNTER: Get a leg up on varicose veins
    Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 09:38 AM

    As we count down the winter months, here’s another reason for the older folks among us to keep moving, even through the cold: exercise is one of the best options to prevent varicose veins and other circulatory issues in the legs.While you might have thought of varicose veins as an inevitable and purely cosmetic sign of aging — like going bald, graying and getting wrinkles — they are actually a common blood vessel disorder over which we have some control.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? New daily persistent headache
    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 04:44 PM

    Q: About four months ago my best friend developed a headache that just didn’t seem to want to go away. Her doctor did some tests and said she had a new daily persistent headache.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Grave’s disease
    Tuesday - 02/14/2017 - 09:08 AM

    Q: I was just diagnosed with Grave’s disease. Is radioactive iodine treatment the best choice?A: Grave’s disease (GD) is an autoimmune disease where the body’s own antibodies (thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulins) attack receptors in the patient’s own thyroid, activating these receptors (and hence increasing thyroid hormone levels) and causing the thyroid gland to grow.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester doctor to receive research award
    Thursday - 02/09/2017 - 04:47 PM

    Ula Jurkunas, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and associate scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, of Winchester, was selected to receive a 2017 ARVO Foundation/Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Six ways to keep your kids healthy during winter
    Tuesday - 01/31/2017 - 04:42 PM

    Norovirus seems to be circling like a vulture this winter, and snuffly kids are popping up on every park bench. On a local parenting e-mail group, it was reported that two-thirds of the kids and teachers at one Washington elementary school were out sick one day in December.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Six ways to keep your kids healthy during winter
    Tuesday - 01/31/2017 - 06:47 PM

    Norovirus seems to be circling like a vulture this winter, and snuffly kids are popping up on every park bench. On a local parenting e-mail group, it was reported that two-thirds of the kids and teachers at one Washington elementary school were out sick one day in December.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Assisted suicide bill introduced in Mass.
    Friday - 01/27/2017 - 11:43 AM

    Five years after voters defeated a ballot question that would have allowed physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts, the issue of end-of-life care is getting renewed attention.

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