Category: Well in Your 40s & 50s

Conversations for those in their 40s and 50s

Is Colonoscopy Prep Keeping You Away?

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Guest Blogger: Benjamin Hyatt, MD, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Division of Gastroenterology

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s time to discuss an uncomfortable topic: colon health. Let’s start with the bad news: Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States. But here’s some good news:  it’s most often preventable.

So how do you prevent it? A colonoscopy.

People are often afraid of colonoscopies; but not because of the procedure, because of the prep. Just the thought of drinking a gallon of solution the night before to “clear out the area” brings nightmares to many. Thankfully, advances allow for an easier prep that can lead to a healthier you.

5 Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck

neck painOne of the things many of us take for granted is a pain-free neck. It’s only when we have a stiff or painful neck that we wish we had taken preventive measures. The exercises discussed below are to strengthen and stretch a normal neck. If you have preexisting neck pain or a spine condition, check with your health care provider before doing these exercises. Our team of physiatrists and spine specialists are here to help.

Social Media: The Effect on Young People and Eating Disorders

social media iconsGuest Blogger: Suzanne Allen, CPNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Adolescent Medicine, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center  with Ariana Delostritto, Marketing and Communications

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Those suffering with eating disorders have unhealthy emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight, body, and food that can have life-threatening consequences. Many of those who struggle often feel isolated from friends and family, and use extreme tactics to keep their behavior a secret.