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Why Getting a Flu Shot is Even More Important This Year

Fall in New England is a time to pick apples, carve pumpkins and navigate corn mazes, but it also a time to prepare for the upcoming flu season. And if it’s anything like the 2019-2020 flu season, it could be a particularly bad one and time to get your flu shot. In February, Massachusetts broke […]

What’s Causing Your Joint Pain?

February 21, 2020
Do you wake up in the morning with soreness in one or perhaps even both of your knees? Or maybe you have a shoulder that tightens up when the weather starts to look like rain? Or worse yet, you have aches that are with you of all the time, never quite going away completely. Believe […]

Strep Throat: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

February 21, 2020
Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat and tonsils. It is caused by Group A Streptococcus bacterium that make their home in the throat and nose. Like most bacterial infections, Strep throat is spread through close contact with people who are either a carrier of Strep throat or already sick with it. It’s […]

Is It Too Late for a Flu Shot?

February 21, 2020
Flu season is in full force between October and May, with most cases reported from late December to mid-March. While it is ideal to get a flu shot before the season ramps up (preferably before the end of October), it is not too late to get vaccinated later into the flu season to still benefit […]

Health Benefits of Probiotics

January 22, 2020
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that help aid in digestion and good health. While the body is teeming with all kinds of bacteria--both good and bad--probiotics are considered “helpful” bacteria for the role they play in overall gut health. How do probiotics work? The human digestive system contains a complicated ecosystem of microorganisms, aptly […]

What Are STIs?

January 22, 2020
Sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, are infections that are transmitted from one partner to another during sexual activity. While they are most commonly transmitted through vaginal or anal sex, they can also be passed between partners through oral sex and skin-to-skin contact in some cases. STIs can be viral or bacterial in nature. Viral infections […]

What to Know About Frostbite

January 22, 2020
Frostbite is a condition caused when the skin and its underlying tissue is frozen and damaged. It occurs when the skin is exposed to the cold for a prolonged amount of time (or to frigid temperatures for even a short period of time). While cold weather is the most common contributor to frostbite, it can […]

Vitamin D Deficiency

December 19, 2019
Known as the “sunshine vitamin” vitamin D is produced by the body in response to the skin’s exposure to sunlight, in particular UVB rays. Vitamin D is essential for many of the body’s functions, including bone health, managing blood sugar levels, protecting against cancer, and enhancing our immune system. However, doctors estimate that nearly 90% […]

Flu Diagnosis and Treatment

December 19, 2019
Influenza (or the flu) is a viral infection that targets the respiratory system. While it is commonly referred to as the flu, it is different than other viruses that attack the digestive tract (known as the “stomach flu”). The 2018/19 flu season was one of the longest in recent history, resulting in nearly 43 million […]

Avoiding Accidents and Injuries While Preparing Holiday Meals

November 20, 2019
Even the most skilled chefs fall prey to cuts and burns while working in the kitchen. With the increased meal prep and cooking that comes with the bustle of holiday entertaining, it’s a good idea to revisit safety precautions to avoid cooking-related accidents and injuries this holiday season. Knife safety Knives and other sharp objects […]

Feeling a little SAD this time of year? A guide to navigating Seasonal Affective Disorder

November 20, 2019
Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly referred to as SAD, is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. With the arrival of daylight’s savings this month, many people may feel their moods change along with the […]

Drink to Your Health: How to Incorporate Juicing into Your Diet

October 24, 2019
Now that the holidays are over, many people are refocusing on their diets – specifically on making healthier choices in the New Year. One of the easiest ways to get more fruits and veggies is to introduce juicing into your diet. Not only is it easy and tasty, juicing gives your body much needed nutrients, […]
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