| Posted On May 25, 2017 | By:

Expired Medicines – Are They Safe?

Many of us keep unused medicines in our homes, whether left over from a prescription or purchased over-the-counter for some future need. All medicines will eventually expire –what do you do then?

First let’s step back and take a look at what expiration dates mean.

For over-the-counter medicines, you’ll find an expiration date printed on the packaging by the manufacturer. This date refers to the time beyond which the manufacturer says the medicine should no longer be used.

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| Posted On May 24, 2017 | By:

Memorial Day Holiday Notice

On Monday, May 29th, the Atrius Health medical practices will be closed for Memorial Day except for those practices listed below, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care appointments.

If you feel you need medical advice or think that you may need to be seen, call your doctor’s office at any time, day or night. Your call will be directed to our 24/7 medical staff and triaged as needed. If it is determined that you need an urgent care appointment,

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| Posted On May 15, 2017 | By:

Can You Afford Healthcare in Retirement?

Many people have a common misconception that, since they paid social security taxes during their working years, their Medicare benefits are fully covered. As people begin to plan for retirement when their income is reduced and medical expenses may increase, they are disappointed to learn that Medicare is not free and in fact, it has premiums and deductibles and financial penalties for non-compliance with enrollment requirements.

They are also surprised to learn that:

  • Medicare was never intended to be a comprehensive insurance plan
  • Only 80% of allowable expenses are paid
  • There is no coverage when traveling out of the country
  • There are no hearing aid or eyewear benefits at a time when they are most needed

If you earn an income of $85,000 or less,

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| Posted On May 08, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Celebrates National Nurses Week 2017

The 2017 theme is “Nurses: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” This notion celebrates the impact that nurses have on patients, families, and each other and the holistic approach to caring and healing they provide in the healthcare environment. As I celebrate my first Nurses Week at Atrius Health as the Senior Director of Nursing, I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to our nursing team: thank you for your relentless commitment to patient care.

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| Posted On May 04, 2017 | By:

What Is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy? Is It Safe? And Is It Right for Me?

As women age, the natural levels of hormones in their bodies – estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, to name a few – decline. In some women, this process can be more dramatic than in others and can result in a variety of symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, mood symptoms, poor concentration and low sex drive.

To lessen the more severe symptoms, some women can consider hormone therapy. There has been a great deal of press over the past 10 years about “bioidentical hormone therapy”

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| Posted On May 02, 2017 | By:

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the large intestine that is characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, cramping and diarrhea or constipation that has lasted at least 6 months. Women are twice as likely as men to develop IBS and it is more common in people who are in their mid-forties or younger. IBS is chronic disorder, meaning it can last for many years, but it is not a disease. Symptoms may come and go over time,

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| Posted On Apr 27, 2017 | By:

IMPORTANT Patient Information: Harvard Vanguard Quincy Closed Today, April 27, 2017

Due to an emergency water issue at the building, our Harvard Vanguard Quincy practice has had to close today for all patient care. Patients are being contacted by the practice to reschedule any affected appointments.

If you need urgent medical care, please call the practice at (617) 774-0600 and our staff can provide medical advice over the phone or schedule an appointment for you at our Harvard Vanguard Braintree practice.

The Quincy Water Department is on-site and working diligently to correct the issue.

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| Posted On Apr 26, 2017 | By:

Why Does My Head Hurt?

Almost everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their lives, but did you know that there are over 150 unique types of headaches? Common though they may be, one headache may definitely not be like another. Different types of headaches are defined by a combination of symptoms, duration, frequency, and triggers, and respond to different kinds of treatment.

Below are a few of the more distinct types of headaches, their causes,

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| Posted On Apr 19, 2017 | By:

White Coat Syndrome or White Coat Logo Syndrome? The Pitfalls of Doctor Shopping by “Brand”

People often get hung up on brand names — many times in situations where branding is of little significance. For example, some people are willing to pay double the price for a wool coat that is exactly the same in terms of material, style, and outward appearance just because there is a small designer label on the lining that nobody sees. In some cases, the brand-name and no-name wool coats are manufactured in the exact same factory.

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| Posted On Apr 12, 2017 | By:

Patriot’s Day Holiday Notice

On Monday, April 17th, the Atrius Health medical practices will be closed for Patriot’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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