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Dermatology Series: Skin Cancer and Sun Safety

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US and requires expert medical treatment. Ramone F. Williams, MD, MPhil, discuss the warning signs as well as review key steps for skin cancer prevention and sun safety.

Blum Center Program: Understanding Lymphedema

Lymphedema is chronic swelling (edema) in your body when your lymph system is injured or blocked. Catherine Holley, RN, CLT, talks about its causes, stages, and early diagnosis and treatment.

Blum Center Program: Managing Menopause and Change of Life

Dr. Linda Kelly discusses the attitudes and beliefs about the menopausal transition as well as changes in your body, sexuality, sleep, cognitive function, and more. Learn how to manage menopausal symptoms, including current research on hormone replacement therapy.

Blum Center Program: Cataracts and Eye Health

In recognition of Cataract Awareness Month, Dr. Silas Wang discusses what cataracts are, when surgery is needed, and what options are available to patients. He also shares tips and misconceptions on keeping the eyes healthy.

Blum Center Program: AVADE Workplace Violence Prevention

AVADE® is an acronym for Awareness-Vigilance-Avoidance-Defense-Escape. Matthew Thomas, CPP, provides an overview on AVADE® to help you become safety-aware with a vigilant mindset and teach you defense techniques for yourself and others.

Blum Center Program: Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema

Lymphedema is swelling caused by fluid that collects in tissue under the skin. Clinical research coordinators discuss the Lymphedema Screening Program at Mass General and their current LymphVAX project related to COVID-19 vaccination.

Blum Center Program: 5 Tips for a Healthy Start to the New Year

Hoping to make some changes in the new year? Dietetic intern, Deanna Nappi, MS, shares tips to make your nutrition and lifestyle resolutions stick. You will learn about several evidence-based practices for improving your health so that you can leave confident in your ability to eat healthy in 2022!

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 MGfC, 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 Mass General 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.