Category: The Well

Recipes, quizzes, and more interactive fun to keep you well

The Pros and Cons of Using Generic Drugs

generic medsThe last time you had a prescription filled, chances are it was for a generic drug — a medication that’s biologically equal to a brand-name drug in terms of dosage, safety, strength, quality, performance characteristics, the way it’s taken and should be used.

In fact, a record 86 percent of prescriptions dispensed in 2017 were for generic drugs versus brand-name drugs according to IQVIA, one of the world’s largest contract research organizations.

Why, exactly, are generic medications so popular?

How Sweet: The News Behind Sweeteners

sugar packetsEarly in the morning, it’s easy to add one too many spoons of sugar into your coffee. But what is sugar doing to your body? Is there a better way to sweeten your morning coffee while still satisfying your sweet tooth? It’s time to talk about the different types of sugars and sweeteners and how they affect your body.

Quick and Healthy Seafood Meals

Nothing makes for a fast and easy meal like frozen seafood. With tons of health benefits, this is an aisle not to be skipped! Hear what Narmin Virani, RD, LDN, clinical dietitian, UMass Memorial Weight Center, has to say about this section of your local grocery store. This is part three of our smart grocery shopping clips.

Eating From the Deli Can Be Healthy? Really?

Watch this video before your next trip to the grocery store. With tons of pre-made options, the convenience of the deli counter can be tempting. In this video, Narmin Virani, RD, LDN, clinical dietitian, UMass Memorial Weight Center, shares some tips on finding the balance between healthy and handy. This is part two of our smart grocery shopping clips.