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A diabetes quiz

Posted by Dr. Suzanne Koven November 28, 2012 07:14 AM

20121029-multichoicetest.jpg A representative of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday that the mayor hopes that his newly diagnosed diabetes provides a "teachable moment" for those who aren't aware or informed enough about this common and serious disease. Currently, about 25 million Americans have diabetes, with millions more at risk or undiagnosed. To assess your own knowledge of diabetes, take this brief quiz that covers some basic facts--and frequent misconceptions:

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Holiday weight gain: it's not all about the stuffing

Posted by Dr. Suzanne Koven November 14, 2012 08:43 AM

holiday-weight-gain.jpg 'Tis the season when we'll see countless articles about holiday weight gain. It's commonly believed that Americans gain, on average, 5-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. It turns out that the average gain is closer to one pound--but that, according to this study, it's a pound you never lose. After a few decades that annual pound becomes...obesity.

But say you're someone who does gain a few pounds this time of year. Is it really because you eat turkey, mashed potatoes, fruitcake, and eggnog non-stop from late November to January 1st? Okay, so maybe you do. But is something else going on, too?

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Flu shots are safe...but do they work?

Posted by Dr. Suzanne Koven November 7, 2012 08:20 AM

flu-shot.jpgIn our practice, doctors have the option to administer influenza vaccines right in the exam room. The truth is, giving the flu shot only takes a couple of seconds. The syringes are pre-filled, so all you have to do is pop on a needle, swipe the patient's upper arm with an alcohol pad, and jab.

It's the conversation that precedes the flu shot that takes time.

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About the author

Suzanne Koven, M.D. practices internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She writes a monthly column for the Globe's G Health section and her essays have appeared in the More »

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