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Fad Diets: A Dietitian’s Perspective

Anyone considering a fad diet needs to be reminded that they’re called fad diets for a reason. At best, they’re not useful for long-term weight loss; at worst, they can severely jeopardize your health. Danelle Olson, RD, LDN, CNSC, a registered dietitian in the Weight Loss Surgery Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) explains

Weight Loss Procedures: Comparing Surgical and Non-surgical Options

Weight loss surgery can have life-altering, even lifesaving, effects. If you are 100 pounds overweight (the equivalent of a body mass index, or BMI, of 40), you may be considering weight loss surgery. Non-surgical options may be the right choice if you need to lose less weight. Weight loss procedures can result in significant weight

A Beginner’s Guide to Exercise

A new year means a new opportunity to do the things you always wanted. Whether it’s starting to save money or getting fit—taking the first step isn’t always easy.  But if your new year’s goal is to start working out—you’re in luck! Here are some tips to get started. “If you’re thinking about adding exercise

What’s behind flawless skin? We asked a Dermatologist.

Vitamin C serum, micro algae jelly, revitalizing moisturizer, acne therapy mask… there are endless products in the market that promise to erase wrinkles, shrink pores, lighten scars… give you perfect, glowing skin. According to data compiled by the U.S. Census and Simmons National Consumer Survey, 1.35 million Americans spent $500 or more on skin care

A Common Skin Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

You’ve probably heard of acne, eczema and even psoriasis, or know someone who has one of these skin conditions. Another skin condition—less talked about but still very common—is called hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). “HS is less well-known than other skin conditions because it can be challenging to diagnose, and sometimes patients are reluctant to tell their

Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

Winter is coming.  But dry, itchy skin doesn’t have to come along with it. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center dermatologist, Erica Dommasch, MD shares tips on keeping skin hydrated and healthy this season. Maintaining Soft Hands Anyone who comes in contact with water a lot is at risk for dry hands. Adding dry, cold weather to the

Common Conditions in Dark Skin

There is a common misconception that people with darker skin do not have to be as vigilant about sun protection as their fair-skinned counterparts. But all skin types, no matter what shade or color, are at risk for skin cancer and other dermatologic conditions. Skin cancer Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

Can a woman get breast cancer if there’s no history of it in her family? Is pain the most common symptom of breast cancer? Is mastectomy a more effective treatment option than lumpectomy? Ted James, MD, Chief of Breast Surgical Oncology and Co-Director of the BreastCare Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, discusses six common

Breast Health: What to Do if You Find a Lump

Finding a lump in your breast can be unsettling. But, the good news about breast lumps is that they’re often benign (i.e., not cancerous). Nevertheless, it is something that needs to be taken very seriously. “It’s important to see your doctor right away to rule out anything serious,” said Ted James, MD, Chief of Breast

When Is it Time to Get a Mammogram?

Mammography is the most effective method of early detection of breast cancer, helping to diagnose disease at an early stage when treatment is most successful. By using low-energy X-rays, physicians are able to screen for and diagnose abnormalities in the breast tissue. Screening mammography (looks for changes in the breast versus diagnostic mammography which is