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Health and wellness is important every season

August 04, 2015

There’s nothing worse than noticing that your favorite jeans suddenly seem a little tight. “While summer vacations are the perfect time to take a break from busy routines, it should not be a time to abandon your healthy habits,” said Dr. Samson Hanka, board certified Internal Medicine physician who cares for patients at the Monson Medical Center. “Not only during the summer but any time of year it’s easy to get off track.”   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) carrying those extra pounds puts you at risk for many other health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers. Diseases like sleep apnea and osteoarthritis of the knees are, in many cases associated with excess weight and can simply be treated by losing weight.”

Kidney recipient Daisy Hernandez urges minorities to consider organ donation

August 03, 2015

August 1-7 is National Minority Donor Awareness Week, created to encourage multicultural populations to learn more about and consider organ and tissue donation, as well as to take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant. It also honors minorities who have been donors.

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You deserve a break today - vacations are time for recharging our batteries

July 31, 2015

McDonald’s had it right when they came up with the slogan, “You deserve a break today.” But many American’s aren’t taking the break they need when it comes to recharging and taking a vacation from work.

"Breastfeeding and Work - Let's Make It Work!" is theme of 2015 World Breastfeeding Week

July 31, 2015

“Returning to work today doesn’t mean a mother has to stop breastfeeding,” says said Kimberly Congden, MSN, RN, IBCLC, manager, Lactation Services and Parent Education, at Baystate Medical Center.

Q&A on melanoma - Answers from Dr. Richard Arenas, chief of Surgical Oncology

July 30, 2015

Q. My twin sister, who is 45, lives in Florida and was just diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer. How does melanoma differ from other skin cancers and why do they call it deadly?

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Take some safety precautions before working in your garden this summer

July 29, 2015

Is the pain of gardening from planting to weeding and other chores taking away from your enjoyment of the popular “green thumb” pastime?

Baystate Medical Center groundskeeper receives shout out from physician for his green thumb

July 29, 2015

Baystate Medical Center groundskeeper of 11 years, Stephen Pacitti, received a shout-out from Dr. Sarah Haessler in Infectious Diseases recently for his "green thumb."

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It's World Hepatitis Day - Here's what you need to know about the virus and how to prevent it

July 28, 2015

More than 4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C, but most don’t know they are infected and can live for decades without having symptoms.

Dr. Sarah Goff Recieves National Research Career Development Award

July 27, 2015
Dr. Sarah Goff, Department of Medicine, has received a highly competitive K23 research career development award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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Is heat robbing you of a good night's sleep? Cool tips to help you sleep.

July 27, 2015

Is heat robbing you of a good night's sleep?