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

Snacking with purpose

According to recent eating trends, snacks are becoming more like minimeals, making it even more important to snack with a specific purpose in mind–balanced nutrition. Nutrition and convenience are sought after when it comes to snack items and this has led to the production of many food products that aim to fit a variety of needs and preferences. Many snacks now boast having less “unhealthy” ingredients and more nutrients, helping to fill the “nutrient gaps” in our diets. There is even a slew of specialty products that speak to those with particular health and nutrition needs. America is an on-the-go … Continue reading

Shopping for shoes that get kids moving

According to the Cen­ters for Disease Control (CDC), America’s children need to get moving. A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Sur­vey (NHANES) of the last 30 years found that among children ages 2 to 5, obesity has doubled, while among 6- to 11-year-olds, it has tripled. Obesity can have a negative impact on health. Young people who are obese are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 dia­betes. That’s why it is so important to encourage children to participate in physical activity. However, when children choose a sport, it’s important to … Continue reading