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Blum Center Program: Self-Management of Type 2 Diabetes

In this presentation from November 16, 2021, Tiffany Soper, FNP, CDE, and Briana Kilduff, RN, BSN, of the Mass General Diabetes Center review what type 2 diabetes is and discuss strategies to manage your glucose levels to prevent complications.

Blum Center Program: Setting the Stage for Healthy Eating Habits

Feeding children can be complicated. In this presentation, Simona Lourekas, MS, RD, LDN, CHES, Kelly Millan, MS, RD, LDN, and Meaghan Alexander, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, of the Center for Feeding and Nutrition at MGHfC, share strategies for feeding children of all ages.

Blum Center Program: This is Our Lane – Gun Violence Prevention

Who is at risk for gun violence? What are the categories of gun-related deaths in the U.S.? What are some specific state laws governing gun ownership and safety? In this presentation, Kimberly Smith Sheppard, RN, Meaghan Rudolph, PCNS, and Matthew Thomas, CPP, provide answers to these questions.

Blum Center Program: Down Syndrome Across the Lifespan

In this presentation, Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, and Clorinda Cottrell, MSW, LICSW, provide an overview of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program, dispel common myths and misperceptions about Down syndrome and offer information and understanding about medical and mental wellness across the lifespan.

Blum Center Program: Tips to Manage Childhood Obesity

In this presentation from September 10, 2021, learn the challenges that many families face when dealing with childhood obesity from Vibha Singhal, MD, MBBS. She shares insights and tips on how to manage childhood obesity.

Blum Center Program: The Myths and Facts of Gluten Related Disorders

In this presentation from August 10, 2021, Maureen Leonard, MD, MMSc, and Stephanie Harshman, PhD, RD, LD, from the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children discuss the two most common gluten related disorders—celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Blum Center Program: Nutrition Debunked

Have you ever read nutrition recommendations and wondered how to apply them? In this presentation from July 21, 2021, dietetic intern Alex Cauley discusses common nutrition misconceptions and the most effective way to improve your health through nutrition.

Blum Center Program: Sexual Health After a Cancer Diagnosis

Though a cancer diagnosis can affect all aspects of a patient’s life, sexual health is not often an area of focus. In this presentation from June 24, 2021, nurse practitioner Lorraine Drapek reviews the scope of sexual health issues after a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Blum Center Program: Updates on Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a long-term disorder where multiple parts of the body can become inflamed. It affects about 3% of the US population. In this presentation from April 21, 2021, Dr. Flavia Fedeles gives an overview of the signs, symptoms, and diagnosis of the different types of psoriasis.

Blum Center Program: Raising a Bilingual Child

Are you currently raising or planning to raise your child to speak two or more languages? What are the best strategies to do so? Could being bilingual lead to a speech delay? And what should you do if your child only wants to speak in English?

Blum Center Program: Treatment Options for GERD

In this recent presentation, Kristina Skarbinski, MSN, FNP-BC, describes both common and uncommon symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). She then outlines management strategies including lifestyle modifications, types of medicine and surgical options.

Setting the Stage for Healthy Eating Habits

Feeding children can be complicated, and even more so in a world that targets children with food marketing and convenience food. While the way a child eats is not solely in the hands of parents, there are strategies that can help your child build a healthy relationship with food.

Beyond BRCA: Hereditary Breast Cancer Genes

Testing for the classic hereditary breast cancer genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, has been available and widely offered since their discovery in the 1990s. However, new technologies in genetic testing have recently uncovered information about other genes linked to hereditary breast cancer.

Midwifery Care for Women in Recovery

Midwives care for pregnant women at all stages of recovery. The Midwifery Model of Care offers women and families support, education and guidance throughout their pregnancy and after childbirth. This presentation shares the experience of midwifery care provided in the Mass General HOPE Clinic.

Alcohol and Older Adults: A Complicated and Concerning Relationship

Since the 21st century in the United States, evidence has shown an increasing trend in problematic alcohol use and alcohol use disorders, most notably in older adults. This presentation reviews the epidemiology, socioeconomics and neurocognitive impact of alcohol use disorders in older adults.

Recovery Coach Perspectives on Bias and Stigma

Recovery coaches present on intentional and unintentional stigma, knowing and recognizing personal biases, and learning how to use these truths to make the patient care experience more beneficial for all.

Cancer Genetics 101: Past to Present

Genetic testing for cancer risk assessment was first offered in 1996 for a limited number of genes. Many people have heard of the BRCA genes, but cancer genetics has changed significantly since 1996. Stephanie Hicks, MS, LCGC, shares more about the role of genetic testing in the cancer setting.

What Matters Most During COVID-19

Dr. Matthew Russell will begin by sharing the latest updates and getting medical care needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Erica Wilson will next discuss what matters most during a hospitalization.

Cancer Center Genetic Series – Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is rare in the general population, but if it runs in your family, you may be at risk. In this Blum Center presentation from August 3, 2020, Kathleen Steinberg, MS, LCGC, discusses ovarian cancer-causing genes and what you can do if you have familial risk.

Cancer Center Genetic Series – Hereditary Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. A portion of these colon cancers are due to genetic predisposition genes. The Blum Center shares more in a recent presentation.

5 Tips to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Looking to maintain a healthy weight? Dr. Angela Fitch of the Mass General Weight Center shares some tips in this previously recorded Facebook Live.

Heart Disease in Women

Dr. Emily Lau, cardiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, talks about the difference between heart disease in women and men in this previously recorded Facebook Live.

Congenital Heart Disease

Learn about congenital heart disease (CHD) from this video featuring Dr. Doreen DeFaria Yeh, associate director of the Mass General Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program.

Starting Your Spring Sensationally

Karen Turner, MS, OTR/L, from the Mass General Lurie Center for Autism and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, talks about sensation, sensory strategies for wellness, as well as the sensory patterns of a variety of conditions including autism spectrum disorder, mental illness, pain and more.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

In this previously recorded Facebook Live, Dr. Jeff Yu, dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, talks about allergic contact dermatitis and allergens that you can find in your personal products.

Food Allergy Management

Learn about allergies and treatment options in this video featuring Dr. Michael Pistiner, MMSc, Director of Food Allergy Advocacy, Education and Prevention at MassGeneral Hospital for Children's Food Allergy Center.

Coping and Living Well with a Serious Illness

How can patients and families cope with serious illness? Dr. Juliet Jacobsen, medical director for the Continuum Project within the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Mass General, provides some answers.

Migraine Treatment

Dr. Hsinlin Thomas Cheng, PhD, from the Mass General Neurology Department, talks about migraine causes and treatment in this previously recorded Facebook Live.