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Three Health Safety Tips during Long Flights

Today was the first snowfall in New York City, and with the winter season comes travel 馃檪 Some of you will be taking long car, bus, train or plane rides to see family and loves ones, while others may be heading to warm, tropical destinations.     And while we enjoy family, food, drinks and […]




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Kratom: What is it and is it Addictive? — by Dr. Lipi Roy

What is Kratom? Kratom, a.k.a. Mitragyna speciose, is a plant native to tropical regions in Southeast Asia, namely Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It is used throughout the world for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. Kratom leaves contain psychoactive (i.e. mind-altering) substances including opioids, and have been used for mood […]




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Addiction and Stigma Part 1 — by Dr. Lipi Roy

“Stigma” –> Watch my video and聽learn what stigma means, and how it impacts people with addiction. You’ll learn that of the 23 million Americans with Substance Use Disorder, ONLY 10% access treatment. Staggering and Unacceptable. And the major barrier? STIGMA 2 Factors Impact Stigma: CAUSE CONTROLLABILITY Stay tuned for my video where I discuss how […]




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Guacamole — with a Cayenne Kick!

Guacamole can be a delicious and healthy snack. I love making this recipe because it’s quick and simple, and tastes amazing! And you can tailor the recipe to your taste buds: if you like it spicy and hot, add more cayenne and paprika, as well as fresh garlic and onion. But if you prefer it […]




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Mushroom, Scallion and Cilantro Pasta Medley

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Dean’s Community Service Award — Harvard Medical School

On Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, I was one of 9 recipient’s of the Dean’s Community Service Award, presented by the Harvard Medical School (HMS)聽Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership. This was a *tremendous* honor, and is a reflection of the MANY compassionate colleagues (nurses, social workers, admin, doctors) who work tirelessly聽to care for Boston’s […]




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Coverage in “Spare Change News”, May 20th, 2016

Honored to speak to聽Emerson journalism student, Ross Cristantiello, about my work as a doctor to Boston’s most vulnerable population: homeless men and women. His wonderful piece has been published in “Spare Change News”!聽It’s been a privilege and honor to care for these brave individuals who struggle daily with chronic medical conditions (heart disease, diabetes, kidney […]




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Recently Homeless — And Now Making Positive Lifestyle Changes

I will forever be inspired by my patients. The majority are homeless, living in shelters or the streets. Some are transiently housed (halfway house, sober house, detox treatment center, crashing on a friend’s sofa). Some others — through years of patience, perseverance and hard work — have found stable housing. Charles falls into the latter […]




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Homelessness and Youth

One afternoon while I was seeing female clients at the women’s clinic聽of Pine St Inn shelter, I met a very sweet, young girl who had聽left quite an impression on me. “Mindy” was in her early 20s, a New Englander who moved to Boston to be with her boyfriend, but it “didn’t work out.” She had […]




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