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Seasonal Affective Disorder

  Seasonal Affective Disorder Do the shorter and colder days make you feel blue?  If Daylight Saving Time has you feeling down, you may actually have a common medical condition.   Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D, is a mood disorder that affects over five percent of the U.S. population each year.  Dr. Stuart Anfang, chief…MORE

Household product safely cures drug resistant head lice

Household product safely cures drug resistant head lice   Each year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), millions of school-aged children get head lice in the United States.  Lice are an insect that infest human hair and feed on tiny amounts of blood from the scalp.  They’re generally found on the head and neck…MORE

High Heel and Flip Flop Health Tips

High heel enthusiasts know all too well the pain that comes along with standing in a beautiful pair of shoes with a heel.  We’ve all heard the saying “pain is beauty,” but could that temporary pain lead to permanent damage? Dr. Tara Futrell, pediatrician and adult medicine physician, specializing in sports and exercise, talks about…MORE

Summer Sun Protection Tips

Summer Sun Protection Tips Summer is in full swing and sun worshippers have already hit the beaches and local parks soaking up the warmth of the sun – along with its deadly rays. Unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer by using sunscreen. UV exposure and…MORE

Waist Training weight loss trend raises concerns

With vacation season just around the corner, many people are now considering ways to slim down for warmer weather.  Dr. John Romanelli, the medical director of the Weight Loss Surgery Program at Baystate Medical Center, says, “The best way to lose weight is with diet and exercise.”  However, those seeking instant gratification are turning to…MORE

May is Blood Pressure Education Awareness month

    Understating Blood Pressure May is Blood Pressure Education Awareness month Blood pressure is the measurement of how much resistance the heart has in working to pump blood to the arteries throughout out the body.  This pressure naturally rises and falls during the day, but when it is consistently too high, it is considered…MORE

Tips for Seasonal Allergy Sufferers

Spring is has officially sprung!  For some folks, the warmer weather comes with itchy, watery eyes, a scratchy throat, and a runny nose. Dr. John O’Reilly, a pediatrician a Baystate Children’s Hospital, offers some tips to help your child deal with allergies this upcoming season. Allergies 101 Many people know the symptoms, but what exactly…MORE

Vitamin Supplement Safety

Taking supplements can be a good way to get much needed vitamins and minerals that you may be missing.   However, like many other medication, it’s important to check with your health care professional before you start taking them. Vitamins and supplements can be very safe but they can also be dangerous if not used properly…MORE

Prevention is the Best Medicine

February is American Heart Month Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States.  “When it comes to heart disease, prevention is the best medicine.  Up to 80% of heart disease is preventable,” says Dr. Amir Lotfi, medical director of the inpatient cardiovascular services at Baystate Medical Center.  “Following a few…MORE

New Year’s Weigh Loss Tips

As the New Year begins, one of the most popular resolutions is to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle.  However, it’s not uncommon for many people to have trouble sticking to their weight loss resolutions. Dr. John Romanelli, medical director of the Weight Loss Surgery Program at Baystate Medical Center, says there are five…MORE

Keeping your Child Healthy During Winter Season

  SPRINGFIELD – Winter is nearly here, and with colder temperatures often comes the temptation for children become less active and gain weight. According to doctors, New Englanders tend to be more sedentary in the winter because it feels good to escape frigid temperatures by cuddling at home in front of the television. When you…MORE

Holiday Eating

  Holiday Eating Healthy tips, tricks and substitutions the whole family will love The Holiday season is fast approaching. That’s means holiday dinners, office parties and loads of high calorie meals and seasonal snacks. It’s often hard for an adult to control indulging over the holidays, but it’s even harder for a child.Nancy Anderson, pediatric licensed…MORE

Blogs

Dina’s Dirt at 8:40

Elle magazine stirred up controversy when they pulled the bait and switch with a salacious headline. They tweeted about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West splitting up with a link to what was supposed to be the detailed story. Instead, it was a link to a voter registration page. Not everyone was pleased about it. Roxane…

Dina’s Dirt at 7:40

After almost 50 years, Judy Blume’s seminal novel, “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret” is finally getting a big-screen adaptation. James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films and Kelly Fremon Craig of “The Edge of Seventeen” fame will do the honors. The book, which was published in 1970, is a coming of age tale of a…

Dina’s Dirt at 6:40

Rihanna was in the running to headline the halftime show at the next Super Bowl, but she turned them down because she’s standing with Colin Kaepernick. “The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” says an insider. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the…

Dina’s Dirt at 8:40

While touring Australia, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke royal protocal. While greeting fans, Harry spotted a little girl wearing a shirt that read “Girls Can Do Anything,” and he said to her, “We feel she looks a bit like you,” speaking of his wife, Meghan. So Harry called Meghan over to take a picture…