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Nicholas stands tall with Prader-Willi syndrome
Boston Children’s Hospital, April 2019

Born with a rare genetic condition that affects the hypothalamus, Nicholas has been a medical puzzle since he was a baby. As he grew, his spine became increasingly disfigured until, at the age of 17, he had spinal fusion surgery.

Gracie’s complex spine
Boston Children’s Hospital, April 2019

Gracie was five years old when her cervical kyphosis became so severe, she needed surgery. She spent four weeks in traction followed by spinal fusion surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital to stabilize her spine.        

Climate Change: The Public Health Challenge of Our Time
MGH Institute of Health Professions, Spring 2019

As weather has grown more extreme, cases of malnutrition, diarrhea, heat stroke, asthma, allergies, Lyme disease and West Nile virus have increased. In a national symposium, the Institute issued a call to action for nurses and other caregivers: if you care about patients, start speaking out about climate change.                     

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Patient Stories

A gymnast gets her spring back
Boston Children’s Hospital, March 2019

Mikayla is an accomplished gymnast who sought care at the Sports Ultrasound Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital when a hip avulsion fracture made it painful for her to train or even walk.  

Wendy and Abby: Learning how to eat after premature birth
Boston Children’s Hospital, March 2019

Feeding problems are common in premature babies, who often struggle to breathe and eat at the same time. After Wendy and Abby were born weighing less than 2 pounds each, it took many months for them to learn how to eat.  

A diagnosis of Down syndrome motivates a family to go the extra mile
Boston Children’s Hospital, August 2018

Susie Tapley turned her shock into action when her daughter, Mae, was born with Down Syndrome. Three and a half years later, Mae is thriving and Susie has created a resource to help other children with the condition reach their fullest potential.  

Profiles and Case Studies

Nursing Strong 
MGH Institute of Health Professions, Summer 2018

Jessica Kensky loved being a bedside nurse, but the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing derailed her career. Now she is studying for a Doctor of Nursing degree and reclaiming her future. “I want to be working in a clinical role in a meaningful way with patients.”  

A New Leader Begins
MGH Institute of Health Professions, Winter 2018

The newly installed sixth president of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Paula Milone-Nuzzo, built a world-class College of Nursing at Pennsylvania State University. Now, as the Institute embarks on a strategic planning process, she looks to stimulate growth in several strategic areas. 

Nursing Student Pays it Forward 
MGH Institute of Health Professions, Fall 2018

Joe Putignano saw the worst and the best of healthcare during his decade of opioid addiction. Now he’s studying nursing so he can help other addicts recover. “I was clinically dead twice when I was 19. I swore to myself, if I survive this, I’m going to come back and help other people.”

Connecting Reading and 'Rithmetic
MGH Institute of Health Professions, Winter 2018

Although half of children with dyslexia have the math learning disorder called dyscalculia, no one knows how the brain patterns compare in students with one or both of these conditions. With a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, IHP researcher Joanna Christodoulou and MIT neuroscientist John Gabrieli are looking into that question. 

From Occupational Therapist to Entrepreneur
Tufts Magazine, Fall 2017

At its core, occupational therapy focuses on how a person can remain active and engaged despite physical, sensory, or cognitive limitations. Tufts alum, Kris Mastrangelo, used the skills she learned in workflow analysis, environmental analysis, and group dynamics to build her own business.

Working to Avert a Global Health Crisis
MGH Institute of Health Professions, Summer 2017

Nurses comprise 80 percent of health care workers. Rita Olans is making sure they have a leadership role in preventing a looming crisis of antimicrobial resistance. 

A Legacy of Rigor
Tufts Blueprint, Spring 2017
Former Corning CFO and Tufts Engineering alum, Jim Flaws, honors one of his most demanding professors with a faculty development fund. 

The Patient Experience, Simulated
MGH Institute for Health Professions, Winter 2017
Before they lay hands on a live patient, students at the Institute practice their clinical skills on actors and computerized manikins.

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.

Northern Exposure
Tufts Blueprint, Fall 2016

A new endowed scholarship aims to attract young dentists to areas of rural New England where a shortage in dental care has left many residents suffering. 

Scientist, Professor, Mother
MGH Institute of Health Professions, 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 of Health Professions, Summer 2016
The Institute's new dean of nursing, Dr. Inez Tuck, spent her early career caring for families and patients stigmatized by mental illness and violence. 

Our Basis of Strength
Tufts Medicine, Spring 2016

Robert Tepper, co-founder of Third Rock Ventures, talks about his plans as board chair of Tufts University's School of Medicine and Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

Giving Back, One Engineer Helps Another
Tufts Blueprint, Winter 2015

After graduating from Tufts with the help of financial aid and a successful career at Verizon, this engineering alum created a scholarship to inspire the next generation of giving. 

Focus: Interdisciplinary Research
Tufts Blueprint, Fall 2015

Professorship attracts a new department chair ready to challenge assumptions about research. 

Four Friends Team Up to Make One Big Aid Fund
Tufts Blueprint, Fall 2014

Tufts served as a springboard for four alumni. Twenty-five years later, they pooled their resources to create the 1989 Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Cover Story: Pushing the Bounds of Inquiry
Tufts Blueprint, Winter 2014

Groundbreaking research sheds lights on cancer's origins. 


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Health and Wellness

Swimming Saves Lives
New England Masters News, Summer 2016

A local swim team offers free lessons to adults who never learned to swim and everyone benefited. 

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. 

Can’t Sleep? Try These Tips
MedlinePlus, 2016

Lifestyle tips that can help you get the sleep you need.

Sleep and Your Health
MedlinePlus, 2016

As life gets more hectic, many people cut back on sleep -- but sleep restores your body and brain in many important ways. 

How to Stop Smoking: Deal with Cravings

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.

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

Franco 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.

5 Tips for a Photogenic Smile
WebMD Feature Article, August 2012

Cellphone cameras and online photo sharing have made a camera-ready smile a social-media necessity. Fortunately, even non-celebrities can have crowd-pleasing smiles with a few simple steps. 

What Does Your Smile Say About You?
WebMD Feature Article, August 2012

A sincere smile can attract more than admiring looks. A smiling face gives others the impression that you're an outgoing, intelligent person who's 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. This article reveals the secrets of a good kiss and how you can become a better kisser.

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.

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.

Teen 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.

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.

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?

Improve Your Odds for a Long and Healthy Lif
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.

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.

Food and Your Body
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.

Teenagers and Sleep

Teens need more than 9 hours of sleep a night but for a number of reasons, most don't get the sleep they need. 

Women's Health

Before the Buffer Zone 
Cognoscenti, January 2014

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

Intimidation by Internet
BarkerHealth Blog, January 2014
When  women write articles critical of female stereotypes, they risk getting showered with threats of rape and decapitation. They also get called unattractive. Either way, the most popular weapon used to take a woman down on the internet is the fact that she’s a woman.

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.

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.

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.

Milestones in Women's Health
BarkerHealth Blog, November 2011

This compilation of the highs and lows of women's health commemorates the 40th anniversary of the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves.