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Five Things You Should Know About Pregnancy at a Later Age

Now more than ever, women are choosing to wait until their thirties and forties to start a family, giving them time to focus on their careers and become more stable financially. Although there is a higher possibility of complications when carrying a child at a later age, a recent study from the European Journal of Developmental Psychology uncovered some distinct benefits for children born to older mothers. Researchers reported that older mothers are less likely to yell at their children and impose harsh punishments, and that the children are less likely to have behavioral, social and emotional issues. 

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Topics: Pregnancy

Five Reasons to Like South Shore Health System Foundation and Friends on Facebook

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 21, 2017 4:04:08 PM

As a not-for-profit health care system, philanthropy touches every area of South Shore Health System. Our donors, volunteers, and community members play a vital role in our mission of healing, caring and comforting for the people who live in Southeastern Massachusetts.

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Topics: Facebook

Five Things to Look for When Choosing a Weight-Loss Surgery Program

The reasons to have weight-loss surgery—also called bariatric surgery—are very personal. Once you have made the decision that it’s time to move forward with surgery, choosing the right surgeon and program may be the most important factor to achieve your weight-loss and personal health goals.

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Topics: weight loss, bariatric surgery, weight-loss surgery

Fast-Acting Caregivers Save One of Their Own

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It can happen in a heartbeat.

One second, Bill Verrier, who works in Engineering Services at South Shore Hospital, was racing to the Hospital’s cafeteria to sell M&Ms for his favorite charitable event, the Walk for Hospice. The next, he was laid out on the dining hall floor from a heart attack—with a second attack on the way.


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Topics: Patient Stories, As One, Cath Lab, Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Grateful Patient

The Swollen Truth about Lymphedema

Before I personally became affected by its dreadful presence post-breast cancer treatment, I simply joined the rest of society’s collective yawn in not really concerning myself or knowing much about lymphedema at all. In fact, prior to diagnosis, I had no clue that March was Lymphedema Awareness Month.

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Topics: Physical Therapy, lymphedema, lymphedema specialist

Spring Salad Greek-Style (recipe)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 28, 2017 9:16:16 AM

We all know that eating our greens is important, but who knew it could be this much fun? Combining garden fresh ingredients and a delightful explosion of colors, shapes, textures and tastes—make this Greek indulgence a favorite spring side dish. Best of all: it received a healthy nod from South Shore Health System’s certified dietitians.

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Topics: Nutrition, Healthy Recipes

Nutrition to Fuel Your Spring Workouts


Whether it’s feeling the need to get beach-ready for summer or the motivation of watching someone running the Boston Marathon—there is no better time to get moving with a new fitness regimen than Spring. As goes the old adage goes, you are what you eat, so along with the motivation to get back into shape through exercise also fuels questions about eating properly to make your workouts count. Choosing the right snacks before and after your workout combined with proper hydration can make the biggest difference in the world. Here are some great suggestions on what you should consume before, during, and after you exercise:


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Topics: Nutrition, sports nutrition

Nine Signs of Prostate Cancer to Discuss with Your Doctor

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 24, 2017 1:32:40 PM

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, making it the second-most common cancer affecting American men (skin cancer is the first). Fortunately, however, treatment for prostate cancer is highly effective. More than 2.9 million men in the US who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive today.

It is important to understand that prostate cancer doesn’t always present with any noticeable symptoms—especially in the early stages. As the disease advances, a tumor develops, causing the prostate gland to swell. This is when you will more than likely begin to notice symptoms.

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Topics: Prostate Cancer

The Lowdown on Colorectal Disease and Screenings (Infographic)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 21, 2017 10:10:13 AM

Not unlike the all too familiar “birds and bees” conversation we may have had with our parents growing up, discussing colons and rectums with our physicians can seem less than comfortable for many. Our primary care physicians; however, are often the first to introduce us to the importance of screening exams—even screenings that take place in those embarrassing places.

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Topics: SSMC, Primary Care, Colrectal Disease, Colon Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Four Easy Steps to Start Eating Healthier

People often have an all or nothing mentality when it comes to eating healthy. They jump into a strict diet, have one slip up and throw in the towel in frustration soon after.

One of the things I enjoy most about my job as a registered dietitian is helping people get out of this cycle. Eating healthy does not need to mean following strict guidelines.  It is about balance.  For most of us, we need to focus on choosing foods that nourish our bodies, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy.

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Topics: Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Nutrition Advice

Sharing As One

Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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