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

Can breast cancer be prevented?

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are things all women can do that might reduce their risk and help increase the odds that if cancer does occur, it is found at an early, more treatable stage. Lowering your risk: You can lower your risk of breast cancer by changing those risk factors that are under your control. If you limit alcohol use, exercise regularly, and stay at a healthy weight, you are decreasing your risk of getting breast cancer. Women who choose to breast-feed for at least several months may also reduce their breast cancer … Continue reading

New moms can prevent diabetes by keeping up healthy habits

Women who develop high blood glucose (blood sugar) levels during pregnancy are said to have gestational diabetes. These women should be tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after their baby is born. In many cases their blood glucose levels show that they are no longer considered to have diabetes. But what many people don’t realize is that new moms who had gestational diabetes will continue to have a greater risk for getting diabetes during their entire lifetime. So even if the test for diabetes is normal right after the baby is born, these women should continue to get tested … Continue reading