Preventing tobacco use in youth and young adults

This is the 31st tobacco-related Surgeon General’s report issued since 1964. It describes the epidemic of tobacco use among youth ages 12 through 17 and young adults ages 18 through 25, including the epidemiology, causes, and health effects of this tobacco use and interventions proven to prevent it. Continue reading

Chinese Americans speak out in mental health series

Mental illness has a stigma in the Chinese community, making it difficult for affected individuals to seek help. “Many people feel ashamed about their problems and doubt the treatment,” said George Hsu, a retired professor of psychiatric medicine at Tufts Medical Center, who participated in the series. Continue reading

Serve your family a healthy Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving dinner is an annual feast full of delicious treats — turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, eggnog, wine and much more. Nutrition and food safety are important to make this family event a great time. Continue reading

Five easy indoor exercises to keep you fit in winter

As winter is around the corner and the weather gets chilly, you may find it hard to step out for daily exercise. However, sleeping at home and trying to eat less are not healthy ways to beat winter weight gain. Here are five indoor exercises that can be easily done at home. Take your workout inside and keep fit during snow days! Continue reading

Smoking threatens children’s health

Smoking kills, even if you don’t smoke. As a result of widespread tobacco use, approximately 443,000 Americans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, according to a 2008 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 11 percent of these deaths resulted from secondhand smoke exposure.

“[Secondhand smoking] is a very serious problem,” said Geri Healey-Dame, System Director of Respiratory Care for Hallmark Health System. “I believe it’s pretty significant. We see a lot of patients with lung disease. They can be people who have never smoked, but work in a smoking environment, like waitresses and bartenders.” Continue reading

ACMES Annual Conference explores Chinese and Western medicine

The American Chinese Medical Exchange Society (ACMES) Annual Conference took place Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. More than 200 medical experts and students participated in the “Primary Care” and “Integrated Medicine” session tracks.

The conference divided into two rooms. A total of 28 experts addressed the latest medical issues, developments in disease treatment and focused on health concerns for Asians. The hosts were Jie Zhou and lecturer Lichao Chen, both of Harvard Medical School for the first venue. The other venue was hosted by ACMES Medical Director Zhao Liu, endocrinologist at Beverly hospital at Danvers, and ACMES vice president Weigen Li, attending physician of internal medicine at Jordan Hospital, Tufts Medical Center. Continue reading