Health Watch: Dr. Puri Discusses Brain Aneurysms


Just how common are brain aneurysms? Learn the answer to this question and more in our latest Health Watch segment. Watch the video to see Ajit Puri, MD, DM, chief of the division of neuroimaging and intervention at our Medical Center, discuss what brain aneurysms are, how they occur and symptoms to watch for. “If the brain aneurysm bleeds, the classic symptom is a severe headache,” Dr. Puri says. “People describe it as the worst headache of their lives.” Dr. Puri also highlights how technology has improved treatment for patients who have brain aneurysms.

Dr. McQuaid Answers Questions About Pediatric Urinary Reflux

Typically, the path from one’s kidneys to the bladder is a one-way street. But as Joseph McQuaid, II, MD, MPH, pediatric urologist, explains, 1 to 3 percent of children are diagnosed with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) or urinary reflux, in which the flow of urine reverses back into the kidney. While this condition typically corrects itself on its own, treatment is available and can vary based on the severity and frequency of infection and the child’s age. Watch this episode of Health Watch to learn more.

Health Watch: Dr. Brown Discusses Women and ACL Injuries

In this episode of Health Watch, Michael Brown, MD, sports medicine, discusses female athletes’ higher susceptibility to sustaining anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Watch the video to learn what causes ACL injuries, what can be done to prevent them, and why women are at higher risk.

Fight for Men’s Health

Man Your Health

Drs. Maykel (top left), Keaney (bottom left) and Sokoloff (bottom right)

Join John Keaney, MD, Justin Maykel, MD, and Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, as they team up and raise awareness for men’s health. Throughout November, look for information on men’s health topics via Facebook Live, Health Watch TV segments, blog posts and social media. Want to join the fight? Do you have a rocking stash or hearty beard? Want to grow one? Here’s what to do: Grab your phone, say cheese and share your photo. Post it using #ManYourHealth, text it to 774-312-0300, or email it.

Varicose Veins: Just Ugly or Potentially Harmful?

Are those unsightly veins in your legs just a cosmetic problem or is there a deeper issue? “Varicose veins can be primarily a cosmetic issue, or they can be a marker of severe underlying disease,” said Danielle Doucet, MD, vascular surgeon. “Patients should seek treatment when they have symptoms in their legs that are affecting their activities of daily living.” Hear what else Dr. Doucet had to say in the Health Watch segment below.

Health Watch: eICU Is an Extra Set of Eyes and Ears

Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) are the most vulnerable and need specialized, round-the-clock care. In this Health Watch segment, Eric Cucchi, PA-C, director of our electronic ICU (eICU), explains how doctors, nurses and physician assistants can help from afar. “The eICU is a telemedicine ICU that utilizes technology to help support our clinicians monitoring patients throughout our communities in our adult ICUs,” Cucchi said. Located in an office on the Hahnemann Campus, the eICU supports all of the UMass Memorial Health Care ICUs, as well as ICUs at three remote community hospitals. The eICU teams provide an extra set of eyes and ears for the beside caregivers 24/7.

Health Watch: Dr. Straight Explains Endometriosis and Treatment

Did you know that a woman could have endometriosis and not even realize it? “Endometriosis is a disease that’s actually mediated by estrogen that causes cells and tissue that typically line the uterus to be able to grow outside the uterus inside the abdomen,” says Celeste Straight, MD, obstetrics and gynecology. While some women may experience cyclic pain, chronic pain or have difficulty becoming pregnant, others may not have any symptoms at all. In this Health Watch segment, Dr. Straight talks about what women need to know about endometriosis and discusses treatment options such as over-the-counter pain relievers, contraceptives, other hormones or surgery.

Health Watch: Could You Have Glaucoma Without Realizing It?

“Glaucoma is a very common disease that affects over three million Americans, but unfortunately only half of them know that they have it,” said Gabriel Luna, MD, ophthalmologist at our Eye Center. Glaucoma is a condition that affects the optic nerve when there is an increase of pressure in the eye. Dr. Luna notes that the most common type of glaucoma does not usually come with symptoms, so it is vital to have your eyes checked on a routine schedule. Watch the Health Watch segment to learn more about glaucoma, who is at risk, the symptoms and treatment options.

Health Watch: Dr. LaFemina Talks About the Dangers of Melanoma

Melanoma is a particularly aggressive form of skin cancer that has the ability to spread not only through the skin and to lymph nodes, but also to other organs. That’s why it is so important to understand the stage of the cancer at diagnosis. In this episode of Health Watch, Jennifer LaFemina, MD, shares how a biopsy of the melanoma helps guide treatment for the cancer. “If cancer has gone to the lymph nodes, we start to think more and more about the use of additional therapies – things that target the melanoma and target our immune system – as a way of preventing recurrence,” Dr. LaFemina said. Watch the video to learn more.

Health Watch: Tricks for Eating Healthy at Cookouts

Cookouts are part of the summer experience, but can tempt even the most health conscious eaters to overindulge. Asked about the trick to eating healthier at a cookout, Maisie Ostrye, RD, clinical dietitian, said, “It’s not that you have to restrict yourself completely, but just go a little lighter on some of the calorie-dense items like cake and chips.” Ostrye recommends bringing a healthy option, such as salad, fruit salad or a vegetable tray, to share with other guests so you can fill up on healthier options and still enjoy small portions of the not-so-healthy foods you like. Hear what else Maisie recommended in the segment below.