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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

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Dina’s Dirt at 8:40

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, faced criticism before she married Prince Harry, and she still does even now. People have criticized her on her legs, her outfit choices, and her hair. Case in point, on Thursday, June 14th, during a trip to northern England with Queen Elizabeth, Meghan’s hair was photographed blowing in the wind…

Dina’s Dirt at 7:40

Time for some “Real Housewives” updates; – “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Teresa and Joe Giudice can come up for some air knowing that their bankruptcy case has been dismissed as of Friday. Though this part of their struggles are over, the couple still owes plenty of money to the IRS and the New…

Dina’s Dirt at 6:40

Chris Hardwick is the latest actor to be accused of sexual impropriety. His ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, posted a scathing online essay accusing him of sexual assault, controlling behavior, and career sabotage during their three-year relationship. While Chris vehemently denied Chloe’s claims of sexual assault, that didn’t stop several companies from distancing themselves from him. So…

Dina’s Dirt at 8:40

Have you ever noticed that Queen Elizabeth dresses in very colorful outfits? It is intentional. The Queen always wears bright outfits so royal fans can easily spot her in a crowd. The Queen’s daughter-in-law, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, said, “She needs to stand out for people to be able to say ‘I saw the Queen.’…