Winchester Star: Health

  • FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Exercising safely during pregnancy
    Sunday - 04/30/2017 - 09:00 AM

    Participating in an exercise program while pregnant can have many benefits for both the mother and baby, including maintenance of the mother's fitness level and prevention of pregnancy-related pain or other health-related issues.Exercising during pregnancy has been shown to reduce the incidence of pain (commonly low back pain), and has positive effects on mental health, including postpartum depression and other pregnancy-associated conditions such [...]

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  • OVER THE COUNTER: Your household cleaners may have a dirty secret
    Tuesday - 04/25/2017 - 12:47 PM

    April is Earth Month, when the world pays tribute to everything around us – the air we breathe, the trees and plants that color and nurture our lives, and the wildlife that keeps our ecosystems in balance.While we typically think of nature as something only outdoors, it’s also important to know that the environment extends into our homes.Why?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Understanding pacemakers
    Thursday - 04/13/2017 - 09:00 PM

    Q: My dad fainted and they told him needed a pacemaker. I would like to understand more about pacemakers.A: The first step is to understand the normal electrical activity of the heart.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Seniors driving, health care
    Tuesday - 04/11/2017 - 10:17 AM

    Q: My father insists on driving but I am not sure he should be driving. I went out with him and had him drive. He got too close to cars and did not turn his body around when backing up.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester's Light it up Blue celebrates individuals' achievements
    Friday - 04/07/2017 - 04:26 PM

    Downpours dimmed the blue lights out of the town center this year, but they did not dampen the spirits of those celebrating Light it Up Blue – the annual kickoff event for World Autism Month.Participants crowded Town Hall’s basement, listening to speakers, watching puppet shows, enjoying art exhibitions and munching on blue-glazed donuts, joining folks in more than 100 countries around the world in a demonstration of autism awareness.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Health Watch: Heal with a tennis ball
    Friday - 03/31/2017 - 11:49 AM

    TIP OF THE WEEK 5 ways a tennis ball can ease painWhat do poor posture, an overuse injury and a hard workout have in common? All are frequent causes of pain.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Salute to Nurses: Experts’ advice to first-year nurses
    Wednesday - 03/29/2017 - 06:47 PM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article appears in Salute to Nurses 2017. Find the full magazine at http://gatehouse.morecontentnow.com/news/20170320/salute-to-nurses-2017-its-your-time.A career in nursing promises to be rewarding, but with every new path comes challenges.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Salute to Nurses: It’s your time: Group wants to double the amount of male nurses worldwide by 2020
    Wednesday - 03/29/2017 - 05:07 PM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article appears in Salute to Nurses 2017. Find the full magazine at http://gatehouse.morecontentnow.com/news/20170320/salute-to-nurses-2017-its-your-time.As women are being encouraged to pursue careers in male-dominated fields like engineering and the sciences, more men are discovering the diverse opportunities in female-dominated nursing fields, with their relatively good pay, job openings and path to advancement.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • OVER THE COUNTER: For health’s sake, brush up on toothpaste ingredients
    Tuesday - 03/28/2017 - 10:32 AM

    Chances are, if you’re a regular reader of this column, you care about what you eat and drink. You scan the labels at grocery stores, checking for white flour and white sugar content, artificial colorings, high fructose corn syrup, animal fats and other offenders.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Emerson Hospital news
    Thursday - 03/23/2017 - 04:01 AM

    Emerson Wellness Center to host GirlPower workshopGirlPower! Be Who You Are, an empowerment program for 8- to 12-year-old girls in its 10th year and sponsored by Emerson Hospital's Wellness Center, will hold its next session 1-5 p.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • OVER THE COUNTER: Your household cleaners may have a dirty secret
    Tuesday - 04/25/2017 - 10:18 AM

    April is Earth Month, when the world pays tribute to everything around us – the air we breathe, the trees and plants that color and nurture our lives, and the wildlife that keeps our ecosystems in balance.While we typically think of nature as something only outdoors, it’s also important to know that the environment extends into our homes.Why?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Plantar fasciitis
    Tuesday - 04/18/2017 - 08:03 PM

    Q: I have been training for the Boston marathon and have now developed pain on the underside of my foot by my heel. Could this be plantar fasciitis?A: The deep plantar fascia is a thick layer of fibrous tissue on the bottom of the foot under the arch.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SPINE & SPORTS: Integrated care for neck and back pain
    Wednesday - 04/12/2017 - 03:16 PM

    A study of America’s spending on personal and public health care from 1996-2013 calculated 2013 spending on neck and back pain as the third highest health-related cost in the US, second only to costs for diabetes and ischemic heart disease.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SENIOR Q&A: Seniors driving, health care
    Tuesday - 04/11/2017 - 12:47 PM

    Q: My father insists on driving but I am not sure he should be driving. I went out with him and had him drive. He got too close to cars and did not turn his body around when backing up.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Chronic Epstein Barr
    Tuesday - 04/04/2017 - 08:47 PM

    Q: Is there a such thing as chronic mononucleosis?A: Mononucleosis (mono for short, and sometimes referred to as the kissing disease) is a viral illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV, although similar "mono-like" illnesses can be caused by other viruses).Mono is an infectious disease that can be spread from person to person via exchange of body fluids.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Health Watch: Heal with a tennis ball
    Friday - 03/31/2017 - 02:47 PM

    TIP OF THE WEEK 5 ways a tennis ball can ease painWhat do poor posture, an overuse injury and a hard workout have in common? All are frequent causes of pain.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Salute to Nurses: The latest in nursing gadgets
    Wednesday - 03/29/2017 - 05:07 PM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article appears in Salute to Nurses 2017. Find the full magazine at http://gatehouse.morecontentnow.com/news/20170320/salute-to-nurses-2017-its-your-time.Handy gadgets can make a nurse’s work easier. Check out these favorites you’ll be glad to have when making rounds:3M Littmann 3100 Electronic StethoscopeAllheart.com$360If you’re looking to upgrade from an age-old classic, an electronic stethoscope offers plenty of tech-savvy [...]

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  • Salute to Nurses: Living Legends: Nursing group honors five for lifetime contributions
    Wednesday - 03/29/2017 - 05:08 PM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article appears in Salute to Nurses 2017. Find the full magazine at http://gatehouse.morecontentnow.com/news/20170320/salute-to-nurses-2017-its-your-time.Compassionate, driven, caring, trustworthy and dependable are just some of the words that describe nurses.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Mass. nearing lofty cancer-screening goal
    Monday - 03/27/2017 - 03:22 PM

    Massachusetts is poised to become the first state in the nation to meet an ambitious new cancer-screening goal, but medical experts say there is still work to do.

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  • 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

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Tetanus
    Tuesday - 04/25/2017 - 05:22 PM

    Q: I thought there was no tetanus anymore in the United States, so why do I need a tetanus shot?A: Tetanus is not passed from person to person. It is caused by a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium tetani, which lives in the gut of many animals and so can exist in soil/dust pretty much anywhere.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SPINE & SPORTS: Surgeon should be last stop for neck, back pain
    Thursday - 04/13/2017 - 08:54 PM

    A study of America’s spending on personal and public health care from 1996-2013 calculated 2013 spending on neck and back pain as the third highest health-related cost in the U.S., second only to costs for diabetes and ischemic heart disease.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Pacemaker
    Wednesday - 04/12/2017 - 03:08 PM

    Q: My dad fainted and they told him needed a pacemaker. I would like to understand more about pacemakers.A: To understand pacemakers, the first step is to understand the normal electrical activity of the heart.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester cancer survivors fight against Big Tobacco
    Monday - 04/10/2017 - 01:44 PM

    Over 100 cancer patients, survivors and their families from throughout Massachusetts gathered at the Statehouse on March 29 to ask legislators to support legislation protecting youth from the dangers of nicotine addiction.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Chronic Epstein Barr
    Tuesday - 04/04/2017 - 06:11 PM

    Q: Is there a such thing as chronic mononucleosis?A: Mononucleosis (mono for short, and sometimes referred to as the kissing disease) is a viral illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV, although similar "mono-like" illnesses can be caused by other viruses).Mono is an infectious disease that can be spread from person to person via exchange of body fluids.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Salute to Nurses: Experts’ advice to first-year nurses
    Wednesday - 03/29/2017 - 05:03 PM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article appears in Salute to Nurses 2017. Find the full magazine at http://gatehouse.morecontentnow.com/news/20170320/salute-to-nurses-2017-its-your-time.A career in nursing promises to be rewarding, but with every new path comes challenges.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Salute to Nurses: Up all night: Tips to help adjust to night shifts
    Wednesday - 03/29/2017 - 05:05 PM

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article appears in Salute to Nurses 2017. Find the full magazine at http://gatehouse.morecontentnow.com/news/20170320/salute-to-nurses-2017-its-your-time.While the duties and responsibilities may be the same, nurses on the night shift are forced to sleep against the clock.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Climate change health effects
    Tuesday - 03/28/2017 - 06:35 PM

    Q: Are there any medical implications of global warming?A: Although this is something that is not often mentioned when climate change is discussed, there absolutely are significant medical ramifications of global warming.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • OVER THE COUNTER: For health’s sake, brush up on toothpaste ingredients
    Tuesday - 03/28/2017 - 10:47 AM

    Chances are, if you’re a regular reader of this column, you care about what you eat and drink. You scan the labels at grocery stores, checking for white flour and white sugar content, artificial colorings, high fructose corn syrup, animal fats and other offenders.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