Learning about prostate cancer

The prostate is a small gland found only in men. A normal prostate is about the size of a walnut. The prostate sits below the bladder. There is a hole in the prostate through which urine passes. A tube called the urethra carries urine from the bladder though the penis and out of the body. Located near the prostate are the nerves, blood vessels and muscles needed to achieve an erection and to control bladder function. The prostate produces part of the fluid that makes up semen.  The prostate normally gets bigger as men grow older. The growth of the … Continue reading

Learning about coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease is also called heart disease or atherosclerosis. It is the hardening of the blood vessels by fatty deposits called plaque. The heart must get oxygen and nutrients to work well. Blood carries the oxygen and nutrients to the heart through the blood vessels called arteries. As the plaque builds up, blood flow to the heart muscle is decreased. When blood flow is decreased, it can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, or a heart attack to occur. Signs You may not have any signs or you may have: -Pain or pressure in your chest, arm, jaw, shoulders … Continue reading

Flu facts

What is influenza (flu)? Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is a lung (respiratory) infection caused by the influenza virus.  Although someone with a mild case of flu may have symptoms similar to a cold, most cases of flu are more serious than the common cold. The flu virus changes slightly each year, so each year a new batch of vaccine must be made. When does flu occur? Flu occurs in the United States most often in the winter. Flu-like symptoms in summer months are usually due to other viruses. Who gets the flu? Anyone who has not been vaccinated with … Continue reading

Chief of Clinical Pathologya at Tufts Medical Center speaks about See, Test and Treat Program

The following is adapted from an interview of Dr. BJ Magnani, Chief of Clinical Pathology at Tufts Medical Center on the See, Test and Treat Program. Reporter:  Dr. Magnani, I know that you are the Chief of Clinical Pathology at Tufts Medical Center.  What type of work does that entail? Dr. Magnani:  Many of the medical laboratories in the United States are overseen by board-certified pathologists.  Pathologists are physicians who study tissue, cells and fluids that are obtained from the body.  For example, you might have a skin lesion or a small mole that would be sent to the laboratory.  … Continue reading

College of American Pathologists See, Test and Treat Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Prevention Program Comes to Tufts Medical Center

This is the second of a three part series. This features excerpts from an interview with Dr. Andrea Zuckerman who is an Attending Physician in the Department of OB/GYN at Tufts Medical Center and oversees the Wollaston OB/GYN clinic.  Interview conducted by Zenobia Lai of Asian Spectrum. On Saturday October 23rd, Tufts Medical Center will be hosting the College of American Pathologists See, Test and Treat Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Prevention Program in the OB/GYN clinic, South building, 2nd floor, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This program is being championed at Tufts by Barbarajean Magnani, PhD, MD, FCAP … Continue reading

College of American Pathologists See, Test and Treat Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Prevention Program Comes to Tufts Medical Center

On Saturday October 23rd, Tufts Medical Center will be hosting the College of American Pathologists See, Test and Treat Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Prevention Program, two cancers that affect women. This program is being championed at Tufts by Barbarajean Magnani, PhD, MD, FCAP from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.  Collaborating physician partners include Dr. Nora Laver (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), Dr. Andrea Zuckerman (Obstetrics and Gynecology), and Dr. Marc Homer (Radiology).  The See, Test and Treat Program is a way to bring testing to an underserved population or a population that may have some barriers in getting … Continue reading