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The Politics of Healthcare
TuftsNow, December 2016
Signe Flieger spent years studying Obamacare. In the weeks after the 2016 election, she took stock of what a Trump presidency could mean for U.S. health care.

Advancing Research Efforts, Providing Experience to Undergraduates
MGH Institute for Health Professions, September 2016
Three undergraduates from area colleges gain valuable research experience working with the Institute’s Cognitive Neuroscience Group.

Scientist, Professor, Mother
MGH Institute of Health Professions Magazine, Summer 2016
Margaret Kjelgaard is working to improve the lives of people with autism, including her son’s.

New Nursing Dean to Use Myriad Experiences
MGH Institute for Health Professions Magazine, Summer 2016
Dr. Inez Tuck has spent her career integrating the social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of healing into her nursing practice.

Swimming Saves Lives
NEM News, Summer 2016
Learning to swim is a rite of passage, but some people never have the chance. A group of swimmers in Cambridge offered free lessons to adults so they could be safe around water.

IHP and Harvard Medical Students Get a Primer on the Opioid Epidemic
MGH Institute of Health Professions, April 2016
Students of nursing, medicine, and other health professions learn about the recent surge in opioid-related deaths and how they can help patients and their families. 

Our Basis of Strength
Tufts Medicine, Spring 2016
Interview with Robert Tepper, chair of the medical school’s board of advisors, on innovation, education, and translational medicine.

Before the Buffer Zone
Cognoscenti
Opinion piece – Removing the buffer zones around the entrance of abortion clinics removes a layer of protection from harassment of women seeking medical care.

Can’t Sleep? Try These Tips
MedlinePlus
Lifestyle tips that can help you get the sleep you need.

Sleep and Your Health
MedlinePlus
As life gets more hectic, many people cut back on sleep. But sleep restores your body and your brain. Not getting enough can be bad for you in a number of ways.

Teenagers and Sleep
MedlinePlus
Teens need more than 9 hours of sleep a night but for a number of reasons, most teens are not getting the sleep they need.

How to Stop Smoking: Dealing with Cravings
MedlinePlus
When you first quit smoking, you can expect to have cravings for a few weeks and the first three days will probably be the worst. Tips to manage them.

You Can Lose Weight – One Small Habit at a Time
WebMD Medical Reference, November 2013
One reason changing small habits works is that you build success quickly. Each time you follow through on a small habit, you build your confidence. The more in control you are, the more habits you can change.

Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
WebMD Feature Article, April 2013
For parents of newborns, sleep is an emotional subject; babies who wake repeatedly through the night throw many households out of balance. This article talks about what parents can do to get more sleep, and when the only choice is to wait things out.

Healthy Kids (editor)
March 2013

This online child wellness and weight management program addresses every aspect of raising a healthy kid, from nutrition and fitness to family dynamics and emotional well-being.

The Power of Positive Talk
WebMD Feature Article, January 2013
Experts say that only about 10% of a person’s happiness comes from things like clothes, money, or houses. Your general outlook on life has much more influence over how you feel. This article looks at self talk, the conversations you have in your head, and what you can do to shift your thinking.

Turn Down Negative Self Talk
WebMD Feature Article, January 2013
“I might as well face it, I’ll always be fat.” When Franco Beneduce hears a client say something like this, he knows he has his work cut out for him. Beneduce is a certified life coach and group facilitator in San Francisco. As he coaches people on weight loss, body image, and successful life strategies, he sees how their self-talk either supports or undermines their progress toward their goals.

Exercise No-Nos When You’re Pregnant
WebMD Reference Article, December 2012
Exercise during pregnancy has lots of benefits: better sleep, mood, and endurance to name a few. But some exercise, like ice hockey or mountaineering at high altitudes, is best postponed until after you deliver.

Know These Exercise Warning Signs
WebMD Reference Article, December 2012
When you’re pregnant, your body has ways of telling you when you need rest. Learn the warning signs so you’ll know when to take things down a notch or two.

Preparing for a C-Section
WebMD Reference Article, December 2012
If your doctor has suggested a C-section, this article will help you know what to expect and how to plan ahead for when you’ll be recovering from surgery with a new baby in the house.

Do You Want to Deliver Your Baby Early?
WebMD Feature Article, November 2012
The pressure of work and busy schedules has made early elective surgery a popular option for a lot of families. If you’re considering shaving a week or so off your last month of pregnancy, here are some things you should know.

Reduce Holiday Stress
WebMD Feature Article, September 2012
In a survey conducted by Mental Health America, money concerns and chaotic schedules are two of the top sources of holiday stress. Women reported feeling slightly more stressed than men — and parents in general feel more stressed than most groups. Some tips to take the pressure off.

Checklist: 10 Ways to Stay Fit in Winter
WebMD Medical Reference, September 2012
Getting outdoors can put you in a better mood, even in the winter. So bundle yourself and your kids up in layers and try these activities to keep you and your family in motion through the winter months.

6 Tips for a Photogenic Smile
WebMD Feature Article, August 2012
With cameras in cell phones, email profile pictures, and online photo sharing, a camera-ready smile is almost a necessity. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a celebrity or genetically blessed to create a crowd-pleasing smile.

What Does Your Smile Say About You?
WebMD Feature Article, June 2012
Your smile — simple, straightforward, and most important, sincere — can attract more than admiring looks. A smiling face gives others the impression that you’re an outgoing and intelligent person worth getting to know.

Pucker Up! How to Be a Better Kisser
WebMD Feature Article, June 2012
When a kiss is right, it’s magic. But a kiss that goes wrong is the stuff of tragedy. In this article, WebMD reveals the secrets behind a good kiss, and how you can become a better kisser.

Help Your Child Prepare for Back to School
WebMD Feature Article, August 2012
When summer winds down, it’s time to get ready for a new school year. Buying notebooks and scoping out sales is the easy part. There are less obvious things you can do too. Here are 9 ways you can help your child — and yourself — get ready to go back to school.

Back-to-School Checklist
WebMD Medical Reference, August 2012
It’s difficult to remember everything you and your child need when school starts after a lazy summer. Stay organized with these back-to-school essentials.

Home Birth: Is It Safe for You?
WebMD Feature Article, June 2012
About 1 in 200 women in the U.S. give birth at home, and the number is growing. Here are some things to consider when deciding if home birth is right for you.

A Look at Cord Blood Banking
WebMD Feature Article, June 2012
Even though they provide nutrition to babies in the womb, the umbilical cord and placenta get little attention once they emerge into the world. But medical advances have given many couples a reason to give these often overshadowed tissues a second look.

Grief After Miscarriage
WebMD Feature Article, June 2012
Of all the things a woman may go through, miscarriage may be one of the most poorly understood. Tried and true friends may want to empathize, but not know what to say. Here is a brief look at the very real grief that can happen after miscarriage and suggestions for how to move through it.

Summer Safety for You and Your Children
WebMD Feature Article, May 2012
When the last school bell rings for the year, kids race outside and wary parents reach for the first aid kit. Some simple things parents can do to make safety a part of their children’s summer fun.

Checklist for a Healthy and Safe Summer Break
WebMD Medical Reference, May 2012
Use this safety checklist to make sure your children have fun this summer, and you do too.

How To Help Your Child Make Friends
WebMD Feature Article, April 2012
Friendship is a critical childhood passage. Kids learn how to share, compromise, and work through misunderstandings with their friends. But the ups and downs of friendship can be hard for parents to watch.

Allergy Triggers Checklist
WebMD Medical Reference, April 2012
About 9.4 million American children have skin allergies, 7.1 million are allergic to pollen and 3.4 million have food allergies. This checklist of allergy triggers is for worried parents who think their child might have an allergy so they can look for the source.

Six Ways to Discipline Children — That Work!
WebMD Feature Article, April 2012
A boy in Germany reported his mother for child abuse when she told him to clean his room. This article looks at ways to discipline kids without police involvement.

Children’s Chores: Getting Help Around the House
WebMD Feature Article, April 2012
Half of parents say their kids spend more time arguing about chores than actually doing them. Tips for parents to get more chores done with fewer arguments.

Children’s Allowance: How Much is Enough?
WebMD Feature Article, April 2012
Allowance can prepare kids for the realities of the adult world, especially it falls short of what kids think they need.

The Surprising Path of an Athlete
PATH newsletter, March 2012
Interview with Woody Moore of Rockland, Maine about what workplace wellness holds in store for life-long athletes who think they know it all.

Dos and Don’ts for Saving Money on Rx Drugs
WebMD Feature Article, February 2012
In 2008, American patients and insurance companies spent more than $234 billion on prescriptions, up from $40 million in 1990. With costs trending upward, this article covers ways to save money and ways to stay safe.

Online and Mail-Order Pharmacies: How to Be Safe
WebMD Feature Article, February 2012
People get deals on shoes, travel, and appliances online. Why not prescription drugs? You can find lower prices and convenience through mail-order or online pharmacies. Just be careful.

Camaraderie through Wellness
PATH newsletter, February 2012
At the Allen Brook School in Williston, Vermont, 90% of the teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers, and custodians participate in the school’s yearly Wellness Challenge.

Coping with Psoriatic Arthritis
WebMD Feature Article, February 2012
Despite recent breakthroughs in treatment, psoriatic arthritis continues to make life emotionally and physically challenging for many people.

Skin and Joint Care for Psoriatic Arthritis
WebMD Feature Article, February 2012
Treatment options that can improve quality of life and reduce long-term damage.

Promoting Wellness, Reducing Costs, One Adventure at at Time
PATH Newsletter, January 2012
An 8-person staff promotes wellness to 20,000 school employees across the state of New Hampshire.

The Health Perils of Gum Disease
WebMD Feature Article, January 2012
You may worry about cavities out of habit, but after a certain age, gum disease is a much more important concern.

Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection
WebMD Feature Article, January 2012
The past 5 to 10 years have seen ballooning interest in possible links between mouth health and body health.

When Teens Lie About Drugs: A Guide for Parents
WebMD Feature Article, October 2011
Parents may consider lying a rite of passage for teens but if a parent suspects drug use, it’s dangerous to look the other way.

Teens and Peer Pressure
WebMD Feature Article, October 2011
Peer pressure may keep parents up at night but most teens say they’re missing the point.

Talking to Your Daughter About Dating, Sex, and Peer Pressure
WebMD Feature Article, September 2011
The mother-daughter sex talk is rarely straightforward. But in this age of sexy YouTube videos and Facebook posts, it’s more important than ever.

How to Raise a Healthy Child: It’s a Family Affair
WebMD Feature Article, September 2011
Health-conscious parents have a lot to compete against in today’s world of unhealthy temptations. Two specialists in nutrition and wellness provide some helpful tips.

A New Approach to Health Goals: Get Clarity About Them First
PATH – Planned Action Toward Health, September 2011
If you tackle health goals like most people, you set a goal, adopt new behaviors, and hope you can stick it out. This interview with coach, Gail Johnston, looks at a new approach that has produced remarkable results.

Should You Monitor Your Teen’s Online Activity?
WebMD Feature Article, August 2011
Online safety experts advise parents to stay on top of their teens’ online behavior. Easier said than done, especially when your kid knows more about technology than you do.

Get Fit on Facebook and Other Ways to Promote Wellness through Social Media
PATH – Planned Action Toward Health, August 2011
Motivating employees around wellness is one thing. Sustaining healthy choices over the long haul is much more complicated. How innovative companies are using social media to engage employees in wellness, and keep them engaged.

Teen Privacy: When to Cross the Line
WebMD Feature Article, June 2011
As kids get older, keeping them safe can get complicated. Do the dangers of teen drug abuse override the right to privacy?

What’s an Itch?
WebMD Feature Article, April 2011
There’s no explanation for why we itch but the effects of poison ivy, bug bites, and sunburn are unmistakable. What these things do to your skin, and how long you can expect to itch.

Improve Your Odds for a Long and Healthy Life
WebMD Feature Article, March 2011
You know the story: Somebody’s 99-year-old aunt never exercised, smoked her whole life, and lived on a diet of red meat and ice cream. Tips for living well for the rest of us.

Dealing with Bullies: Survival Skills
WebMD/Sanford Health Fit Platform for Teens, January 2011
As if it’s not bad enough being bullied — many overweight kids believe they deserve the taunting and humiliation. This article talks about ways kids can separate who they are from what they weigh.

The Weight Loss Myths of Fad Diets
WebMD/Sanford Health Fit Platform for Teens, January 2011
Despite their promising claims, fad diets are a recipe for failure. Yo-yo dieting and quick results often come with hidden expenses, such as long-term weight gain and feeling lousy. How to avoid the faddish pitfalls.

What’s Making Me Fat? What Can I Do?
WebMD/Sanford Health Fit Platform for Teens, December 2010
No one thing makes a kid fat. For some kids, genetics, society, family, and eating habits add up to excess weight. It may not be fair but kids and families don’t have to take it lying down.

Talking to Your Pediatrician: Tips to Address Your Child’s Weight Issue
WebMD/Sanford Health Fit Platform for Parents, December 2010
Many parents wait for a pediatrician to tell them their child is overweight. Many pediatricians avoid the topic for fear of insulting their patient. Ways to get the conversation started.

Keeping a Kid’s Weight in Perspective
WebMD/Sanford Health Fit Platform for Parents, December 2010
People love to blame parents for their kids’ weight problems, making a difficult health issue even more daunting. If they really want to help their kids, parents need to focus on health, not guilt.

Raising Confident Daughters in a Changing World
WebMD Feature Article, October 2010
Confident girls often get called conceited. This primer helps parents understand the pressures their daughters face at school, with friends, and online so they can buck the harmful trends.

Is this Love? Teen Tips for Romance and Dating
WebMD Feature Article, October 2010
Teen girls and other experts on teen romance give advice on finding love, setting limits, and bouncing back from heartbreak.

Eating and Body Image: A Troubled Relationship
WebMD Feature Article, October 2010
Obsessing over being thin puts many girls’ physical and emotional health in peril. Childhood experts talk about how girls can comfortable with their bodies as they go through the inevitable changes of adolescence.

Teenage Girls: Exercise to Look Good, Feel Good
WebMD Feature Article, October 2010
Athletic opportunities in high school and college have improved women’s career options. But some girls take exercise to dangerous extremes. This article looks at how girls can reap the rewards of exercise without going too far.

5 Mistakes Parents Make with Teens and Tweens
WebMD Feature Article, March 2010
Parents shouldn’t believe everything they hear about teenagers. This article provides some surprising facts that debunk the teen-as-monster myth.

Helping Your Child Cope with Precocious Puberty
WebMD Feature Article, June 2010
Girls who hit puberty before they turn 8 have higher risk for depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse as teens. This article helps parents understand their daughters’ early physical development and support their emotional needs.

Worried About Precocious Puberty? How to Talk to Your Pediatrician
WebMD Medical Reference, June 2010
Children with precocious puberty start growing sooner than their friends, but typically come up short as adults. This article explains treatment options and helps parents get a conversation started with the pediatrician.

Reduce Stress to Prevent Headaches
WebMD Feature Article, May 2010
Oh stress. A lot of people know they have too much of it, even know what they should do to reduce it, but don’t.

Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Role of Biologics
WebMD Feature Article, June 2010
Biologics hit the market in the 90s and new ones become available each year. Some can be injected at home, some require infusion at a hospital or clinic. Choosing the right one requires ongoing cooperation between patients and physicians.

Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis: Choosing the Right Biologic for You
WebMD Feature Article, June 2010
Biologics hit the market in the 90s and new ones become available each year. The challenge: explain the various biologic drug classes without mentioning any of them by name.

Hearing Loss
WebMD Medical Reference, August, 2010
Did everyone around you start to mumble or could you have you lost some of your hearing?

Vascular Dementia
WebMD Medical Reference, June 2010
Between its low profile, similarity to Alzheimer’s, and fear, this form of dementia is often allowed to run its preventable course.

What Causes Diarrhea?
WebMD Feature Article, March 2010
The average adult has diarrhea four times a year. This article looks at the most common causes behind this little-discussed but extremely common condition.

Diarrhea Symptoms: When Is It Something More Serious
WebMD Medical Reference, March 2010
Diarrhea can be a temporary inconvenience or it can signal something more serious. How can you tell if you should wait it out or seek medical care?

Exercise Tips for the Nonexerciser
StayWell, Spring 2000
Interviews with people who overcame setbacks, started exercising, and stuck with it.

Quitters Talk Back
StayWell, Winter 2000
Cigarettes have lost their cool but not their addictive powers. I interviewed six former smokers, all of whom had smoked for 10+ years about how they finally quit.

Parents of Teen Parents
StayWell, Spring 2000
Teen pregnancy may be a parent’s nightmare but it’s not the end of the world. Ways that parents and teens can work through an unexpected pregnancy together.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Disease
Reducing the Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke in Massachusetts

The Medical Foundation, 1998
I wrote this white paper in collaboration with a Task Force of scientists and policy experts familiar with the research on environmental tobacco smoke. It was used to help pass a statewide smoking ban in all Massachusetts workplaces, including bars and restaurants.