Our Children Plugged In

I cannot count how many times a day my iPhone has helped me when I’m in a pinch. I don’t even think I could accurately count if I tried because I take so much of it’s use for granted, from quick directions and recipes to accessing photos and emails. If you have a smartphone, you most likely know what I’m …

TMS Diaries – Pam’s Story

A Honest Look into Life with Mental Illness and the Light at the End of the Tunnel “I started to laugh again… I’m not constantly struggling to concentrate at work… I don’t cry in the car – well maybe occasionally…”    Depression is not always easy to identify when you’re the one living with it. It can take a long …

Employee Feature – Kim Rose

Let’s close our eyes and pretend it’s not a muggy, September day in the midst of back to school routines and final trips to the beach. Instead, the room you’re in is filled with festive decorations, there are messy, but not too messy kids crafts at the ready, hot food is about to be served and holiday music is playing …

Dragonfly Provider Spotlight: Dr. Fatemeh Giahi, PhD, RDN

The foods and the nutrients we put into our bodies are the foundation blocks for our health. The meals we make, the groceries we buy: these food choices are ours to make. However, this freedom puts our wellness on a balance beam. Poor choices can alter your health in detrimental ways, affecting your energy, emotions, physical well being, and lifestyle. …

Winter is here! and so is cold and flu season…

WINTER IS HERE! To help you prepare, we’ve gathered some of our best information and tricks from our providers to keep you and your family healthy and safe this winter.   There is never a good time to catch the cold or the flu, however, if you find yourself feeling some of the common symptoms, here is a great guide …

Meningitis at UMASS Amherst

Meningitis at UMASS   There have been 2 cases of bacterial meningitis at UMASS Amherst. One is the B strain; the other has not been typed yet. There also is no known interaction between the 2 students. The Dept. of Health and the CDC are actively investigating. Currently this is not considered an outbreak. Only close contacts are at risk—the …

What Makes You Tick? Dealing with Ticks in 2017

There is a lot of information flying around right now about ticks, and it can be difficult to tell fact from fiction. Let us help you weed out the fake information! First Things First: Don’t Panic! Although many deer ticks are positive with Lyme, that does not mean the disease has been transmitted to you.  The likelihood of getting Lyme …

How Much Love is Too Much Love? A Dialogue on Coercive Relationships

Many  medical symptoms – such as headaches, fatigue, and stomach pain – are from coercive control, a strategy some individuals use to control their intimate partners. Providers might prescribe medication, tests, and referrals to specialists for a problem that’s occurring at home. Often, the patient doesn’t even realize their relationship is the cause of their ailments. Of course, being controlled by …

Be Still My Beating Heart: The Truth About Heart Attacks, The Media, and Women

This Post Was Written By Victoria Palmatier. There’s a lot of white noise out there about heart attacks. Everyone knows that classic scene in the movies–usually at the peak of chaos –where the man dramatically clutches his chest, looks at the camera with wide eyes, and falls over as the screen goes dark, before he wakes up in a hospital bed. Perhaps …

How 3D Printing Is Transforming the Medical Field

A few years ago, the thought of making everyday objects appear out of thin air would have only been dreamt about in the realm of science fiction and fantasy. Today, however, the quiet whispers about “3D Printing” in elite STEM circles has transformed into a growing buzz, and is on its way to becoming as commonplace as the computers in a library. …