The Importance of LGBTQ+ Allies in the Healthcare Space

By Tara Baysol As my wife and I get ready to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary, I have been reflecting on the amazing journey we have had since tying the knot in 2011. While the decade has been filled with incredible love and exciting adventures, a significant part of our journey has also included navigating … Read more

Challenges of Navigating Cancer as a Member of the LGBTQ+ Community

LGBTQ+ individuals can face a host of challenges in their day-to-day lives, including discrimination, hostile words and actions, and ignorance. When it comes to cancer, LGBTQ+ people often come up against additional hurdles that are not faced by those who are cisgender (meaning those who identify with their sex assigned at birth) and/or heterosexual. The … Read more

How to Fully Utilize Your Pantry Supplies

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), some grocery stores have been overwhelmed by people looking to stock up on supplies. Individuals are also increasingly encouraged to practice social distancing and self-quarantine. As a result, accessing fresh and healthy ingredients can be more challenging than usual. Stephanie Meyers, MS, RD, a nutritionist at the Leonard P. Zakim … Read more

How to Properly Wash Your Hands

Practicing proper hand hygiene is a simple, yet extremely effective, way of preventing the spread of germs and diseases. By washing your hands properly, and often, you can protect yourself as well as your family and even the community you live in. When should I wash my hands? When in doubt, wash! It’s important to … Read more

What is a Tumor, Exactly?

Medically reviewed by Robert I. Haddad, MD Strictly speaking, a tumor is an abnormal swelling or enlargement within the body, but the term most commonly refers to a growth of cancerous cells. In the broadest sense, then, a harmless cyst or collection of fluid would be considered a tumor. But when a physician uses the … Read more

Vaping/E-Cigarette Health Risks: What’s the Latest?

Medically reviewed by Andy Tan, PhD, MPH E-cigarettes have grown in popularity in recent years, especially among teens, whose e-cigarette use now exceeds that of traditional cigarettes. With this increase have come growing concerns about the long- and short-term health effects of vaping. We spoke with Dana-Farber’s Andy Tan, PhD, MPH, who studies how communication … Read more