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Medical Mythbuster: Shoveling Snow Can Cause a Heart Attack

This is frighteningly true for some people, especially those living with heart disease or other cardiovascular issues. Living in New England, we are all too familiar with shoveling out …

Medical Mythbuster: Can sitting in front of a bright light really help you beat the winter blues?

The shorter days of winter, with their grey skies and reduced sunlight can really affect people’s mood, leading to what is often called the “winter blues.” Fortunately, light therapy, …

Medical Mythbuster: Enjoying a few cocktails won’t make me gain weight this holiday season

Many of us looking forward to an annual holiday party probably wish this were true. However, the fact is that alcoholic drinks can contribute to weight gain during the …

Medical Mythbuster: It’s not safe to eat unshelled pumpkin seeds

You may only be used to eating shelled pumpkin seeds bought in a store, but’s it’s perfectly fine to eat the whole seeds too. They make a delicious snack …

Medical Mythbuster: Can You Really Get Enough Vitamin D from the Sun?

Vitamin D is an important vitamin when it comes to our health, helping to prevent fractures and osteoporosis as well as bolster the immune system. While it’s true that …

Medical Mythbuster: Do You Really Need to Take 10,000 Steps a Day?

By Linda Dylewicz, PT Director of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Many people who wear fitness trackers set a goal of reaching 10,000 steps per day as part of their …

Can You Really Die from Drinking Too Much Water?

By Felipe Fernandez del Castillo, MD Division of Nephrology It’s true, in certain instances overhydration (also known as water intoxication) can be a real health danger. In fact, there …

Medical Mythbuster: Is “Ozempic Butt” an Actual Medical Problem?

Chances are, you’ve heard of Ozempic and similar medications such as Wegovy that have been all over the news and social media recently. Ozempic (semaglutide) is an injectable drug …

Can walking just 11 minutes a day really lower your risk of death?

According to a new study of physical activity, disease risk, and mortality, the answer is yes. The findings showed that just 11 minutes of exercise per day can lower …

Does Eating More Fiber Help with Constipation?

For many years, it has been widely accepted that dietary fiber intake is important for proper gut health and to promote regular bowel movements. However, are there any relevant …

Medical Mythbuster: Does Cracking Your Knuckles Cause Arthritis?

Growing up, our parents sometimes warned us that cracking our knuckles will “cause arthritis.” Fortunately, those who like to lean back in their chair and give their knuckles a …

Is Red Wine Really Good for Your Heart?

Moderate alcohol consumption has long been known to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, does red wine offer more protection to the heart than other alcoholic beverages? Fortunately …

Medical Mythbuster: Does a Dry January lead to a Boozy February?

After enjoying adult beverages around the holidays, did you participate in the popular annual challenge called “Dry January,” a month of abstinence from drinking alcoholic beverages? While abstaining from …

Medical Mythbuster: Are Poinsettias Really Dangerous?

Well, not exactly. These plants, which are very popular around the holiday season, do have some low toxicity to people and animals (as do many other plants). However, they …

Medical Mythbuster: Can You Actually Be Allergic to the Cold?

Yes, it’s true, you really can have an allergic reaction to cold temperatures, with symptoms such as an itchy rash, redness, swelling and hives. Known by healthcare providers as …

Medical Mythbuster: Falling Is Inevitable As We Age

Fortunately, this is false. Even though falls are a big risk for older Americans, they are not an inevitable part of aging. By taking preventative steps, everyone has the …

Medical Mythbuster: Can You Really Die from a Jellyfish Sting?

Fortunately, most jellyfish stings while very painful are not life-threatening. However, a few species are deadly and the venom from their sting can kill a person in a matter …

Medical Mythbuster: Can Salt Water Really Heal Wounds?

Can Salt Water Really Heal Wounds? The answer to this question is yes. This is because salt water helps to clean and promote healing by a process called osmosis. …

Medical Mythbuster: Can You Get a Sunburn on a Cloudy Day?

When you are outdoors on a cloudy day, it may be tempting to skip the sunscreen, but that would be a mistake. Clouds only partially block the invisible UV …

Medical Mythbuster: Does a Bull’s-eye Rash Always Occur with Lyme Disease?

Myth: A Bull’s-eye Rash Always Occurs with Lyme Disease By Alwyn Rapose, MD Division of Infectious Diseases This time of year, it’s important to know the common signs and …

Medical Mythbuster: A Few Moldy Berries Will Ruin the Whole Carton…

Fortunately for berry lovers, this is not true. After having your strawberries or blueberries for a few days, it’s not unusual to notice a moldy berry or two. The …

Medical Mythbuster: Can You Really Fight Off Kidney Stones With Food?

By Dr. Michael Jacobson Division of Urology Kidney stones are a real pain (ask anyone who’s had one). Fortunately, changing your diet (as well as taking certain medications) has …

Medical Mythbuster: You Can’t Receive a Flu Shot and a COVID-19 Vaccine at the Same Time

This is not true. According to the CDC, it’s perfectly fine to get COVID-19 and flu vaccinations at the same time – in fact, they encourage people to do …

Medical Mythbuster: Can the Flu Vaccine Give You the Flu?

This is false, despite the rumors that circulate every year around the flu season. Vaccines cannot cause flu illness because they contain an inactive virus or virus particles. Some …

Medical Mythbuster: When a Child’s Runny Nose Turns Green, That’s a Sign You Need Antibiotics

By Kia McCarthy, NP Reliant Medical Group Pediatrics Many parents mistakenly believe that their child’s green nasal mucous means there is a worsening infection present. In truth, most colds …

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