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When to Worry About Your Headaches

Headaches can be common, but at what point should you worry if it's something more? Dr. Perloff and Dr. Zhu discuss available treatment options for headaches, when to worry if it is something more serious and that if they begin to have a negative impact on your every day life, that would be the time to seek the help of a professional.


Preventive Cardiology for Children

The Pediatric Preventive Cardiology Clinic at BMC serves as a resource for patients up to age 21, and focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating hypertension and high cholesterol, and ensuring that children stay healthy into adulthood. Dr. O'Brien discusses the Pediatric Preventive Cardiology Clinic, lifestyle changes to reduce risk factors and additional services available at Boston Medical Center.


Treating Hip Dysplasia

Michael Kain, MD, a Boston Medical Center Orthopedic Surgeon, discusses treating hip dysplasia with hip preservation surgery. He also highlights who typically has hip dysplasia, what the surgery and recovery entails, risks of not having surgery, and why it's beneficial for patients.


Tips for Managing Back Pain

Are you among the 80 percent of people who experience back pain at some point in their life? Dr. Chadi Tannoury discusses conditions that can cause back pain, non surgical treatment options available, and when minimally invasive surgical interventions might be necessary.


The Importance of Voice Care

Lauren Tracy, MD discusses the importance of maintaining a healthy voice, symptoms of vocal cord issues, and treatments options for people with voice disorders. She also shares her best advice for keeping healthy vocal cords.


Inspire Therapy: Breakthrough Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Approximately 18 million Americans – 1 out of every 15 adults – have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. Boston Medical Center Otolaryngologist Michael Cohen, MD, in partnership with the Sleep Disorders Center is pleased to announce that Inspire Therapy, a FDA-approved therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, is now available to BMC patients. Aside from one other hospital in the area, BMC is the only place offering this therapy to patients. Listen in as Dr. Cohen discusses symptoms of OSA, and...


Sickle Cell Disease: Tips for Transitioning Care

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a chronic, genetic blood disorder which causes painful attacks (sickle cell crises) that can be difficult for patients to manage. Patients with SCD over their lifetime can have problems which affect practically every part of the body. Dr. Amy Sobota discusses SCD, diagnosis, genetic traits, treatments available, and how important pediatricians and specialists are to the transition from pediatric to adult care for patient with Sickle Cell Disease.


Managing Chronic Pain through Integrative Medicine

Scarlet Soriano, MD, discusses managing chronic pain through integrative medicine and what people can learn by participating in group sessions for chronic pain management. She also shares tips for those who cannot attend a group session, what can they do at home to help manage their pain naturally.


Grayken Addiction Support for Massachusetts Families

Michael Botticelli, the Executive Director, Grayken Center for Addiction,and Paul Kusiak, a father of two children in recovery, share the struggles and burdens of addiction, and how the recent partnership with the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center will help parents and loved ones navigate through recovery.


Vote No on Question 1

Nancy Gaden, DNP, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Boston Medical Center, discusses Ballot Question 1 regarding rigid nurse staffing ratios and how this would have devastating impacts to BMC and our nurses, as well as significant ramifications statewide including decreased access for patients, increased costs, and nursing shortages.


Stroke: What You Need to Know

BMC recently became a certified comprehensive stroke center, and that means patients can count on BMC to give them the best stroke care available. David Greer, MD, shares important stroke warning signs and what you need to know if you suspect you or a loved one is suffering a stroke.


10 Simple Tips for Healthy, Budget-Friendly Cooking

Tracey Burg, RD, RDN shares 10 simple tips for healthy, budget-friendly cooking for any size family. She also discusses her cooking class in the BMC cooking kitchen where attendees can learn how to cook a healthy meal for 4 for under $10.


A New Directory Connecting Patients to Valuable Community Resource

Boston Medical Center launched a new directory to connect patients to valuable community resources. Powered by Aunt Bertha ( and called the Thrive Directory at BMC, from shelter, food, and childcare assistance to substance use support, help with bills, to job training, the platform will make it easier for residents of Massachusetts to get the help they need. Tracey Fredericks (Manager of Strategy Implementation), Lily Sonis (Medical Case Manager, Immigrant and Refugee...


Aspirin Preventing Complications in Pregnancy

Hypertension in pregnancy with subsequent preterm birth is one of the leading causes of poor or fatal maternal and fetal complications. In 2014 the United States Preventative Services Task Force recommended the use of Low Dose Aspirin (81mg) to women who have risk factors for hypertension and preeclampsia in pregnancy. Dr. Jodi Abbott, OB-GYN, explains how aspirin may reduce preeclampsia that can cause severe complications in pregnancy.


IBD Management and Care

In the United States, about 1.4 million individuals have Inflammatory Bowel Disease. BMC provides expert care in helping patients with Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis manage their complex disease. Dr. Francis Farraye and Dr. Jason Hall discuss living with IBD, treatment options available, and how they work together to provide the best possible medical and surgical care for patients with any form of IBD.


Treatment Options for Common Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland creates hormones that regulate metabolism. When the thyroid produces too many or too few necessary hormones, overall health can be affected. Dr. Alan Farwell, discusses common thyroid disorders and treatment options available at Boston Medical Center.


What is the Vital Village Network?

Vital Village is a network of residents and organizations committed to maximizing child, family, and community well-being. Our place-based, community engagement network mobilizes collective investment from residents, community organizations and institutions to seed scalable and sustainable community change around child protection and promoting healthy social and emotional development in early childhood. Erica Pike, MA & Renée Boynton-Jarrett,MD,ScD, discuss how the Vital Village Network...


Finding and Understanding Cancer Clinical Trial Options

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you might be thinking about taking part in a clinical trial. What are some important questions you should ask before beginning? BMC offers a number of clinical trials specifically for cancer patients. Promising new techniques in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients with cancer are tested in these studies. If you have received a cancer diagnosis, you may be eligible for a clinical trial to treat the condition. Dr. Matthew Kulke, Chief of...


Using Shock Waves to Treat Kidney Stones

Kidney stones affect 1 in 500 Americans each year. Kidney stones form when urine is concentrated and minerals crystallize and stick together to form small, hard deposits. These deposits can affect the urinary tract from the kidney to the bladder. Most can be painful as they pass but do so without causing damage. Shockwave lithotripsy is a non-invasive way to treat a single kidney stone. Shaun E Wason, MD, discusses Shock Wave Lithotripsy, a unique treatment for kidney stones.


When To Consider Assisted Living for Your Loved One

Making the decision to help an aging adult move into assisted living can be difficult. People give so much of their time and energy to caring for a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer's disease or many other age related issues, that when the time comes for someone else to care for your loved one, it can be painful and emotional. Hollis D. Day, MD, Chief of Geriatrics at Boston Medical Center, discusses how to tell when it may be time to consider moving a loved one into assisted living if...