News from South Shore Health System

Seven Tips to Fall Back Into a Healthy Routine

Posted by Tahli Adler MS, RD, LDN, South Shore Medical Center on Aug 8, 2017 8:18:00 AM

While the winter holidays have a reputation for challenging the resolve of healthy eaters, many people find themselves more likely to overindulge during the summer months. We all feel like letting our responsibilities go when temperatures warm—so we visit a favorite seasonal ice cream shop frequently, or load our plate with rich food at cookouts. By August, our clothes fit tighter than they did on Memorial Day and our energy is lagging.

If you’ve let your healthy routine lapse, now’s the time to use that “back to school” energy to refocus—even if you don’t have kids. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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Topics: Nutrition, Family Medicine, Exercise & Fitness

The Benefits of Cord Blood Banking and the Pros and Cons of Public and Private Banks

Being an expectant parent is a monumental experience, one that comes with a plethora of information and advice at your disposal. Like any new life-changing event, many first-time parents will add a host of parenting books to their home or tablet library and even participate in parenting education opportunities to prepare them for what lies ahead. While subjects such as birth outcomes and breastfeeding are common topics of interest, many parents go through pregnancy without ever learning information on the potential medical value of the stem cells in a baby’s umbilical cord blood.  

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Topics: Children's Health, Family Medicine, Women's Health, Pregnancy

Four Things to Consider Before Taking an Antibiotic

Everyone hates being sick. When you feel that runny nose, cough, headache, or ear pain coming on, it can be tempting to run to your primary care doctor or urgent care for an antibiotic. But that Z-Pack may be putting your health at greater risk. 

Each year, the CDC estimates that a whopping 30 percent of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary—that’s at least 47 million prescriptions annually. The scary truth is our overuse of antibiotics has created impossible-to-treat germs, like the one that killed a Nevada woman earlier this year.    

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Topics: Family Medicine

Shining a Light on Skin Cancer (Infographic)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 15, 2017 3:26:23 PM

Summer will officially be here in a few days, and with all the outside fun comes more exposed skin and more risk for skin cancer. Skin cancer occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. There are several different types of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. While non-melanoma skin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in US—more than 2 million people diagnosed each year—melanoma is more likely to invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body. 

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Topics: Family Medicine, Cancer, Specialty Care

Understanding the Symptoms and Remedies for Norovirus

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jan 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s a fact of life this time of year, either you or someone you know has come down with norovirus illness. Norovirus is highly contagious and generally comes with symptoms like diarrhea, throwing up, nausea and stomach pain. In our most recent video blog, Todd Ellerin, MD, Director of Infectious Diseases at South Shore Health System, explains what  norovirus is, how it spreads, and what to do if you or a loved one gets it.

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Topics: Family Medicine

Five Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Annual Physical

Posted by South Shore Health System on Dec 28, 2016 7:30:00 AM

The truth is if you were to compile a list of the most important standing appointments you make each year, your annual physical should be right at the top. An annual exam provides a special opportunity to develop a wellness plan with your primary care physician—one where your current health status can be aligned with your specific health goals for the coming year. 

The key to a successful annual physical: preparation. Good preparation will help ensure that you get your most-pressing questions answered and will also go a long way to alleviate any anxiety you may be feeling about the appointment.  

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Topics: Family Medicine

Ten Tips to Child-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

Posted by Gina Boutwell, MD, Pediatrician, South Shore Medical Center on Dec 14, 2016 10:37:09 AM


It’s that time of year again! The holidays have arrived and homes are decorated with Christmas trees, mistletoe, candles, menorahs and holiday mementos and ornaments. But it’s important to always think about how these items can turn into hazards for your children and young holiday guests.

Here are some ways in which you can balance a festive home with keeping everyone safe and happy this time of year:

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Topics: Children's Health, Family Medicine

Proper Disposal of Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs Can Save Lives

Posted by South Shore Health System on Oct 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 78 people die every day due to an opioid overdose.

Studies show that residential supplies of pharmaceutical controlled substances, those often found in home medicine cabinets, are often the supply of choice to young people and criminals. Though effective when used properly, many of these medications are highly addictive and dangerous when abused. A prescription drop off program allows people to safely dispose of unused or unwanted medications—keeping harmful substances, especially dangerous narcotics, both out of the hands of those who could abuse them and out of our environment.

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Topics: As One, Family Medicine

No More Flu Mist and Tips to Ease Your Child’s Fear of Shots

Posted by South Shore Health System on Oct 14, 2016 10:46:27 AM


So Long, FluMist®? The sigh of relief parents had in the past during flu season because of the nasal spray alternative to a shot has turned instead to a collective wince for the upcoming season. While the nasal spray (marketed under the name FluMist®) accounted for more than a third of all influenza vaccines given to children last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics has joined with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recommending against the nasal spray vaccine this flu season.

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Topics: As One, Children's Health, Family Medicine

Eight Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is extremely important to overall health. Studies have consistently shown a link between lack of sleep and serious health issues including heart disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity. Healthy sleep habits can also make a huge difference in your quality of life. When you sleep, your body is working to maintain your physical health and support healthy brain function.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends seven or more hours of sleep a night for healthy adults.  Most of us know that getting a good night’s sleep is important, but too few of us actually make getting those hours of sleep a priority.

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Topics: Family Medicine