Hope For Teens Struggling with Severe Obesity

Lacey before and after Good Fit ClinicLacey Tomaiolo, a Shrewsbury teen, knows well the struggle with weight. Overweight most of her childhood and adolescence, she became increasingly frustrated as her own individual efforts made little difference in the long term. Bay State Parent interviewed Lacey and her Good Fit Teen Weight and Wellness Clinic physicians about her journey and how the clinic helped her live healthier and ways to talk to your child about losing weight.

 

5 of the Most Common — and 4 Surprising — Causes of Birth Defects

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A birth defect — also called a congenital anomaly — is a problem that occurs when a baby is developing in the womb. An estimated one out of every 33 babies in the U.S. is born with a birth defect, of varying severity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you’re a mom-to-be — or planning to be — it’s important to understand what causes birth defects and the steps you can take to prevent them during pregnancy. Here’s an overview of the most common causes of birth defects:

It’s Time to Get Rid of Those Painful Varicose Veins

varicose vein before and afterYou may notice veins that bulge or look twisted (varicose veins) in your legs. Your legs may ache or swell. Sometimes they may also feel heavy and tired, or like they’re burning. You’re not too happy with the way they look either. What is a girl to do?

Don’t fret. There are options (for men too) to help lessen the pain, prevent swelling and even boost your confidence when heading out in your favorite shorts.