Recovery from addiction: One step at a time

When asked how long patients should remain on medications to treat addiction, “long enough” said Colleen LaBelle, R.N. La Belle is the director of the Office Based Addiction Treatment, or OBAT, at Boston Medical Center, home to the Grayken Center ...

Accidental addiction: Just one pill too many

All addiction is accidental, explained Dr. Zoe Weinstein, director of the Inpatient Addiction Medicine Consult Service at Boston Medical Center, home of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine. “No one intends to become physically dependent on a substance, and then ...

Partners Workforce Development Success Story: Jayniè Green, Partners eCare

From being down and out to pursuing training, getting hired, being promoted and receiving a Partners in Excellence Award, Jayniè continues to push herself every step of the way to become the best person she can be in all aspects ...

Note to adolescents: Drugs don’t make you cool

It’s hard to imagine that a 6-foot-5-inch high school basketball player is not fully developed. He might even still have an inch or two to go in height, but the maturation of the brain does not keep pace with the ...

In hushed tones

When asked during a recent interview the best way for the nation to combat the opioid epidemic, the response by Kate Walsh, the president and CEO of Boston Medical Center, was to the point. “Reduce the stigma,” she said. “We ...

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in this country. Many cases are largely preventable by following a healthy lifestyle and properly managing high blood pressure and cholesterol and diabetes.

Prostate cancer screening now recommended

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has updated its guidelines for prostate cancer screening. They now take the position that screening offers a small potential benefit of reducing the chance of dying of prostate cancer.

Pesticides in produce

Twelve products have made the annual list of “dirty dozen” produce. These fruits and veggies in particular contain high contents of residues from pesticides, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group.

Sodium: an essential mineral

The body cannot survive without sodium, but the typical American diet contains more sodium than the body can handle. High amounts of the mineral can lead to heart and kidney disease.

The report card on cancer screening

Although screenings for breast, cervical and colon cancer are covered at no cost by the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of adults in this country that comply with the guidelines are lower than desired.

Nutrition on a budget

Some helpful tips to keep your spending down and your nutrition up.

Public programs available for good nutrition

Several programs are available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist low income consumers purchase healthy foods. The City of Boston also developed a program to enable SNAP recipients to purchase produce at local farmers’ markets.

Store brand groceries in demand

Store brands are fast becoming the choice of many consumers. Store brands are typically less expensive than national brands and offer similar quality.

The psychology of supermarkets

Supermarkets are designed to pique your interest into purchasing more items than originally intended. The ideal way to prevent overspending is to make a list and stick to it.

Good health on a budget

Although food is one of the highest costs for consumers, it is possible to eat healthy while keeping an eye on one’s budget.