Take a Free Heart Health Risk Asssessment

The most important step you can take to protect your heart is understanding your own individual risks for heart disease. These risks differ for all of us depending on our age, diet, physical conditioning, and smoking status, just to name a few.

American Heart Month is a reminder that we all must be vigilant in the fight against heart disease, the nation’s number 1 killer. Talk with your doctor about your risks for heart disease and to schedule blood pressure and cholesterol screenings to get an assessment of your current heart health.

Take a free heart health risk assessment.

After taking your risk assessment for heart disease, learn which fat you shouldn’t avoid; what you need to know about women and heart disease; ways you can burn calories without exercise; and more by visiting our Heart Month website.

Does Inflammatory Arthritis Worsen in the Winter?

hands around a warm cupCould your aches predict the weather? You may have heard that when it rains or is cold out, arthritis pain worsens. Is this true?

The truth is that little factual evidence exists to support this. In fact, when patients with rheumatoid arthritis were placed into a barometrically-controlled chamber, which simulates the change in air pressure, they didn’t notice a difference in joint pain.

Playtime Better Than Tube Time for Youngsters

kids in snowGuest Blogger: Deanna Richmond, MD, Pediatrician, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center South County Pediatrics

In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that unstructured play best nurtures brain development in infants and toddlers. The AAP discourages TV and even educational videos for this age group.

Even though parents can find a number of “educational” TV and video programs aimed at infants and toddlers, the AAP says no evidence backs up the claim that such programs help children learn better. Moreover, it says, youngsters who have extensive exposure to TV and videos are at risk for language development delays when they start school.

Prediction: Obesity Will Surpass Smoking As Most Preventable Cause of Cancer

apple shaped word cloud bmiIt’s no secret that being overweight or obese can affect your overall health. When you’re overweight, you increase your chances of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and depression, but did you know being overweight increases your risk for cancer? In 2014, obesity increased the risk of 13 different types of cancer, which together accounted for about 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States. In the same year, about two out of three adults in the United States were considered obese, but only half of Americans were aware of the link between cancer and obesity. It’s predicted that in just a few years, obesity will surpass smoking as the most preventable cause of cancer.