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CATCH – BMC’s Resource for Gender Non-conforming Youth

In 2016 BMC became the first academic medical center to establish a robust transgender medicine and surgery program, and in the Spring of 2017, CATCH was established to focus on the needs of pediatric and adolescent gender non-conforming youth. Dr. Mandy Coles discusses the support and care of children, adolescents, and young adults who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, or are gender exploring and looking for additional support.


Do You Suffer From Disabling Foot Pain? We Can Help

If you suffer from foot pain, you know it can be extremely debilitating and severely limit your daily activities. Geoffrey Habershaw, DPM, discusses the most common causes of foot pain, when to see a specialist and the treatment options available at Boston Medical Center.


Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Management with Diet, Exercise and Medication

Do you know that high blood pressure and high cholesterol are among the most frequently diagnosed medical problems in our city? Do you know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, and if they are high, are you managing them? In this podcast, Dr. Gary Balady, joins the show to share his best advice on the role of diet, exercise and medications in cholesterol and blood pressure management. This information is vital to know not only during heart month, but all year round!


Get Your Colonoscopy; It Could Save Your Life!

According to The American Cancer Society, excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. People may fear a screening colonoscopy for many reasons, however, this is simple, painless test could save your life. The team at Boston Medical Center is widely known for their expertise in colorectal cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Joining the show to clear up some of the confusion surrounding...


Is Your Child in Pain? Look to BMC’s Pediatric Pain Clinic

At BMC, we recognize that pain can affect all areas of a child or adolescent's life, which can lead to decreased physical activity, social isolation, and can fuel the cycle of chronic pain. Pain impacts relationships, school experience, and family life. In this podcast, Dr. Caitlin Neri, from The Pediatric Pain Clinic at Boston Medical Center, discusses pain management in children and how at BMC, they can help manage acute, complex, and chronic pain in children from infancy to age 22. Our...


Volunteer Services at BMC

The Volunteer Services Department at BMC is dedicated to helping BMC fulfill its mission of providing consistently excellent and accessible health services to all in need of care, regardless of status or ability to pay. Our volunteers continue to grow and support staff, patients and their families. Macy Reed, manager of volunteer services at BMC, joins the show to give an overview of the robust volunteer program at BMC, opportunities available, and to provide information on how people can...


How Hospital and Housing Partnerships Can Heal Communities

At Boston Medical Center, 25 percent of patients admitted to the hospital are homeless, and even more live in unsafe places or are at risk of being evicted — conditions that research shows can exacerbate health problems. Children's HealthWatch data from BMC's pediatric Emergency Department shows that one in three families are housing insecure, meaning they have unstable housing or are in jeopardy of eviction. Boston Medical Center is investing $6.5 million over five years to support a...


Preventive Food Pantry: A Part of Your Medical Care at BMC

In 2001, Boston Medical Center opened the doors to the Preventative Food Pantry after an overwhelming number of patients told their BMC physicians that they were having trouble affording nutritional food for their families. Located in the Dowling Building, the pantry supplied food to 500 families per month in its early days. Today, it supplies over 50,000 pounds of food per month to more than 1,800 families in the Boston area community. That's 7,000 people per month – 40% whom are...


Does Your Child Fidget? When Should You be Concerned?

For many children, inattention or the tendency to fidget can happen from time to time. How can you tell if your child's behavior is within the normal range or if something more might be going on? For parents, this can be a very concerning question. Joining the show to discuss tic disorders and nervous habits that might be affecting a childs daily life, is Patrick Mabray, MD, PhD. He is a Pediatric Neurologist specializing in movement disorders, ADHD, epilepsy, and headache at Boston...


Coping with Holiday Stress

Between entertaining guests, hosting parties, picking out the perfect present, cleaning, and baking; the holiday season can put a lot of added pressure on us. It’s easy to forget that these are days to savor and enjoy. Here to offer some tips to help cope with the stress that comes along with the holidays is Lovern Moseley, PhD. She is a Licensed Psychologist at Boston Medical Center and a Clinical Assistant Professor pf Psychiatry at BUSM.


The Importance of Childbirth Education

If you are pregnant, taking childbirth education classes will help you know what to expect during labor and delivery. BMC offers a variety of classes, including some free-of-charge, for moms-to-be to better prepare themselves for the arrival of their new baby. In this podcast, you will learn about the importance of childbirth education classes and key information that can help lessen any anxiety you might be having about what to expect during labor and birth. Joining the show is Anitra...


Healthy Holiday Eating

Eating healthy, especially during the holidays, can be difficult for even the healthiest eater. The holidays may not be a time to lose weight, but you can maintain your weight and not gain the typical 5-10 pounds we have all heard is common at this time of year. Here to offer some tips and recipes to help you navigate the holiday season in a healthy way is Tracey Burg. She is the Culinary/Nutrition Manager at Boston Medical Center's Nutrition Resource Center, Food Demonstration Kitchen...


Why Vaccines Matter

As a parent, you want to do everything possible to make sure your children are healthy and protected from preventable diseases. The diseases that vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly—especially in infants and young children. Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect their children from diseases that could harm them and the community at large. Here to speak with us today about why vaccines matter, is Dr. Sean Palfrey, MD. He is a pediatrician at Boston Medical...


90 – 90 – 90 Treatment Target to Help End the Spread of AIDS.

90 – 90 – 90 is a treatment target to help end the spread of AIDS. This is an idea that by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV will know their status, 90% of people who know their status will be on antiretroviral therapy and 90% of people on antiretroviral therapy will achieve viral suppression. Dr. Cassandra Pierre and Paul Goulet join the show to discuss the quality of infectious disease care offered at Boston Medical Center, World AIDS Day (December 1st) and how Boston Medical Center...


When Do I Need To See a Doctor, and When Can I Manage Something at Home?

Do I need to see a doctor, or can I manage something medical at home is a question many people ask themselves whenever an injury or illness occurs. Jack Maypole, MD, general pediatrician and Director of the Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) at BMC, is here to help answer that question and many others regarding and the safety and well being of your children.


Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Don't forget to get your flu shot! Flu season has begun and even the healthiest person can get sick from the flu and spread it to others. It is very important that everyone gets their annual flu shot. Getting vaccinated is the best protection against the flu virus. Not only is it important for adults to get the flu vaccine, but children over the age of 6 months should get one as well. The more people that get the flu vaccine, the less chance it can spread throughout the Boston...


The Importance of a Yearly Mammogram

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Boston Medical Center is helping build awareness of the disease. As the risk for breast cancer has decreased from every 1 in 4 women to every 1 in 8 women, early detection is key. BMC follows the American Cancer Society's guidelines which state that annual mammograms should begin at age 40 and continue for as long as the woman is in good health. Here to address some common fears that women have when it comes to mammograms is Dr.Greg Miller, the...


The Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture describes a family of procedures that stimulate different points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique most often studied scientifically is placing sterile, thin, solid, metallic needles in the skin and manipulating them. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional chinese medicine and for some people, can be a major source of pain relief. Maria Broderick, EdD,...


Benefits of Using Your Patient Portal App

At Boston Medical Center, we work hard to meet our patient's expectations. One way we do this is through our patient portal. In this segment, Rebecca Mishuris, MD, Associate Chief Medical Information Officer at Boston Medical Center, comes on the show to discuss how patients can benefit from using their patient portal with BMC.


Baseline Concussion Screening for Teen Athletes

When you hear the word "concussion," you might think of football players and other athletes who take hard hits to the head during games. While it's true that those who play contact sports are at great risk, any of us can suffer a concussion while doing everyday things. With kids returning to school, and sports, it's time to learn more about teen athletes and concussions. Combining sophisticated technology and clinical assessment, baseline concussion testing provides your athlete's...


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