Dr. Pai Discusses Diabetes Differences between Women and Men

Diabetes affects over 30 million women annually, and presents itself differently among women than men. In this Health Watch, Shubha Pai, MD, internal medicine physician, practicing at the new UMass Memorial Medical Group at Northborough Crossing, explains the various symptoms that affect women as well as the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

When Should You Go to the Urgent Care? 

CareWell_in_affiliation_horizThe best practice is to call your primary care provider (PCP) first. Your PCP knows you and your medical history, and can provide the best advice on care. However, if you are unable to contact your doctor, and have a condition that requires immediate treatment, you should go to one of the UMass Memorial Health Care-affiliated urgent care centers, which are open seven days a week. Urgent care is ideal for treating conditions such as cold/flu, sprains/strains, cuts, bites, allergic reactions and more. Visit any one of our convenient, community-based urgent care centers located in Worcester, Leominster, Fitchburg and Northborough. Visit our website to learn more.

Is March 22 Your Diabetes Wake-Up Call?  

Diabetes Alert DayDiabetes Alert Day is tomorrow, March 22, the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) one-day wake-up call asking the American public to assess their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. To assess your risk, take the ADA’s free Diabetes Risk Test and answer questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. To learn more about diabetes, including management of the disease and potential complications, visit our health library. Read about our Diabetes Center of Excellence.

Lt. Gov. Polito Keynote Speaker at Women’s History Month Event

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

The Diversity and Inclusion Office is pleased to announce Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito is the guest speaker of this year’s annual Women’s History Month Celebration. The event, Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service, is Tuesday, March 29, noon to 1 pm, Faculty Conference Room, University Campus. Ms. Polito has worked hard to promote jobs and economic development, especially encouraging young people to explore careers in science and technology. She has served on the Robert H. Goddard Council on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, and hosted the annual “Women in Science” Conference in Worcester. Register today.

Friday’s Schwartz Rounds Explores Traumatic Brain Injury

Schwartz logoOur Medical Center presents Schwartz Center Rounds, Traumatic Brain Injury; When the Patient Isn’t the Only Victim, Friday, March 11, noon to 1 pm (lunch 11:45 am), Faculty Conference Room, Room S1-342, University Campus. This forum explores how difficult it can be for family members to cope and accept when a family member’s traumatic brain injury occurs. Preregistration is not required. Featured panelists include Faren Williams, MD, orthopedics and physical rehabilitation; John Weaver, MD, neurosurgery; Celeste Hedge, LCSW, care coordination; Anne Weaver, CCNR, pediatric nurse education specialist; and patient BJ Williams. Schwartz Rounds provides a multidisciplinary forum for caregivers to discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients.

Celebrate World Kidney Day; Attend Free Screening Event 

Large-WKD-Logo-colourFor the third year, the Division of Renal Medicine hosts a screening to recognize World Kidney Day. The event is Thursday, March 10, 2 to 5 pm, Remillard Lobby, University Campus; it is open to the public and no registration is required. Screening includes: quick questionnaire on risk factors, blood pressure and urine sample check if applicable, and physician consultation as needed. “Early stage kidney disease is especially dangerous because there are no real symptoms. Simple tests can help identify and treat the disease before it becomes life threatening,” said Konstantin Abramov, MD, Chronic Kidney Disease Program. See press release. Learn more about kidney disease.