| Posted On Mar 22, 2017 | By:

Antibiotic Resistance: What is it and How Can We Stop it?

Right now we are facing a public health issue both nationally and globally called antibiotic resistance. Bacteria are everywhere, existing unseen, and while some are completely harmless, some are not. They are usually reduced by drugs called antibiotics that attack a part of their functioning system and either make them ineffective or kill them outright.

However, antibiotic overuse and misuse has led to antibiotic resistance, which is when disease-causing microorganisms cannot be killed by the usual antibiotics that are meant to eliminate them.

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| Posted On Mar 16, 2017 | By:

Canker Sores

What is a Canker Sore?

A canker sore is the common term for an aphthous ulcer, a lesion inside the mouth that looks like a shallow, round, white or gray spot, often with some redness around the edge. When there are multiple ulcers, we call them “aphthae.” These lesions are painful and can make it uncomfortable to eat, drink or chew. Canker sores are not contagious.

Canker sores usually last up to 2 weeks and heal on their own.

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| Posted On Mar 13, 2017 | By:

WEATHER ALERT: For Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Due to the impending snowstorm, all Atrius Health practice sites, including Dedham Medical Urgent Care Center in Norwood, will be closed on Tuesday, March 14th.  Patients will be contacted to reschedule.

Only Harvard Vanguard Braintree and Harvard Vanguard Kenmore will be open on Tuesday for urgent care appointments only from 8:00am-5:00pm.  If you are sick and feel you need to be seen, please call your usual practice number and your call will be directed to schedule an urgent care appointment at either location. 

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| Posted On Mar 08, 2017 | By:

Total Joint Team Wins Nursing Award

Atrius Health’s Total Joint Replacement Program Improvement Team received a Gold Award for Nursing Team Achievement in the 2017 Modern Healthcare Excellence in Nursing Awards.

The total joint replacement program was developed to improve surgical outcomes, save costs and enhance patient satisfaction by allowing patients to recover from surgery in the familiarity and comfort of their own homes rather than in skilled-nursing facilities.

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| Posted On Mar 01, 2017 | By:

Nosebleeds: Minor Irritation or Cause for Concern?

If a nosebleed occurs out of the blue, it can be a pretty scary event. But nosebleeds are pretty common and usually don’t indicate anything too serious.

Our noses contain a great number of small blood vessels that are close to the surface and can bleed easily if aggravated. As such, nosebleeds tend to occur more often during the winter months because the cold winter air and dry indoor heat irritate the nose.

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| Posted On Feb 27, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and Care

Atrius Health recently joined a growing list of health care providers, consumer groups, representatives from the business community, and others to form the Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage & Care in response to potential threats to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Coalition was created by Health Care For All and is being co-hosted by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation which will provide research and technical assistance. The group was formed to ensure that state health reform measures (Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006) that provide universal coverage to Massachusetts residents is protected.

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| Posted On Feb 23, 2017 | By:

What is a Charley Horse?

Charley horse is just another name for an incredibly uncomfortable muscle contraction or spasm. While this painful contraction can occur in any muscle in the body, a charley horse is more specific to muscles in the legs.

The exact origin of the term “charley horse” is not known, but was used as far back as 1880s to describe a leg cramp common to baseball players.

What causes a charley horse?

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| Posted On Feb 21, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health and IBM Watson Health Forge Partnership to Bring Cognitive Insights to Primary Care Physicians and Their Patients

Atrius Health and IBM (NYSE: IBM) Watson Health recently announced an agreement to develop a cloud-based offering for primary care providers. By providing a holistic view of the multiple influences on an individual’s health, including social determinants, Watson Cognitive Insights could be designed to support shared decision making between physicians and patients.

According to a paper published by Health Affairs, shared decision making, whereby physicians and their patients make healthcare decisions together using the best clinical evidence available,

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| Posted On Feb 15, 2017 | By:

President’s Day Holiday Notice

On Monday, February 20th, the Atrius Health medical practices will be closed for President’s Day except for those practices listed below, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care appointments, and Dedham Medical Urgent Care Center in Norwood, which will be open for walk-in care from 8:00am-6:00pm.

If you feel you need medical advice or think that you may need to be seen, call your doctor’s office at any time,

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| Posted On Feb 14, 2017 | By:

Welcome, Harvard Vanguard Pediatrics at Harvard University Health Services

We are pleased to share that as of January, 2017, we have assumed the operation of Harvard University’s on campus pediatric practice, located in the main Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) clinic in Harvard Square, and have moved into a beautiful, newly-renovated space.

Staffed by Harvard Vanguard pediatricians Dr. Naomi Priver and Dr. Hongchao Zhou, the practice provides pediatric primary care and has access to 24/7 telephone medical advice and weekend and holiday urgent care.

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