| Posted On Oct 26, 2016 | By:

Food and Medication Interactions You Should Know About

When I prescribe a new medication for one of my patients or suggest an over-the-counter (OTC) drug, I like to spend some time with them to explain the medication, how it works, possible side effects, and how to take it. A big part of taking a medication involves knowing what you can or can’t take with it, because combining certain foods with certain medications can have a significant effect on how the drug works in your system.

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| Posted On Oct 20, 2016 | By:

Should You Use Heat or Ice on an Injury?

Whether it’s at work, in the gym, at a medical appointment, or even at a party, that age-old question of whether to use heat or ice for an injury continues to be debated. And there’s good reason for the debate, as there is no one correct answer to the question – it depends on the injury in question.

Below I’ve described the physiological and therapeutic benefits of both heat and ice to help you decide which one might be most effective to use.

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| Posted On Oct 11, 2016 | By:

The Impact of Screens on Children’s Eyesight

Parents often ask about electronic devices and their effects on vision, as many children are spending a significant part of their day on smartphones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, etc. Parents are often concerned that increased screen usage may make their child nearsighted (myopia is the medical term) and result in their child needing glasses.

These parental concerns are particularly important today as a National Eye Institute (NEI) study has found that the prevalence of myopia in the United States increased 66 percent between 1971-1972 and 1999-2004.

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| Posted On Oct 05, 2016 | By:

Welcome, Harvard Vanguard Needham!

We are pleased and excited to announce that our newest practice, Harvard Vanguard Needham, opened on Monday, October 3rd in a newly renovated office space at 100 Second Avenue, Needham.

Five physicians, one nurse practitioner and their wonderful staff provide primary care for adults as well as nutrition and laboratory services for their patients who live and work in Needham, Newton, Wellesley, Dedham and other nearby towns.

The providers at the Harvard Vanguard Needham practice are:

Michele Coviello,

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| Posted On Sep 30, 2016 | By:

Specialty Care Coordination at Atrius Health

At Atrius Health, we are delighted to offer you a system of connected care across primary and specialty care to help keep you healthier. Atrius Health has specialists in over 50 specialties who work with leading hospitals including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Mass Eye & Ear, New England Baptist Hospital, and many outstanding community hospitals. Our primary care clinicians work with a limited group of trusted specialists from outside offices with whom they have strong working relationships and shared systems when we cannot provide the care within Atrius Health.

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| Posted On Sep 29, 2016 | By:

Expanded Visual Services in Dedham Medical Norwood

We are pleased to announce that we have opened a new and expanded visual services department on the 3rd floor of our Dedham Medical Norwood practice, and we can now offer an array of adult and pediatric eye care services:

  • Our optometrists provide comprehensive primary eye care, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma screening exams, and eye glass and contact lens prescribing
  • Our ophthalmologists can provide comprehensive medical and surgical eye care and vitreo-retinal services
  • For our younger patients,
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| Posted On Sep 28, 2016 | By:

What You Should Know About the Shingles Vaccine

Q.  I have been seeing more and more information about the shingles vaccine in the news. What is shingles?

A.  Shingles (or herpes zoster) is a painful skin rash that usually appears in a band, a strip, or a small area on one side of the face or body.

Q.  What causes shingles? 

A.  Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox becomes active (reactivates) again in your body.  

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| Posted On Sep 21, 2016 | By:

The Importance of Managing High Blood Pressure

“My Doctor told me my blood pressure is too high – should I really be concerned?”

Yes, you absolutely should!

Many people have high blood pressure, and it therefore can be easy to think that this problem isn’t a big deal or is just a natural consequence of aging. This, however, is absolutely not the case.

High blood pressure or hypertension has been given the ominous label,

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| Posted On Sep 19, 2016 | By:

A Decade of Support for the Boston Heart Walk

Hundreds of employees from Atrius Health participated in the Boston Heart Walk on Saturday, September 10th at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. This marked the tenth year in a row our staff and their families, friends and even their dogs teamed up to raise funds to support the lifesaving research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association. The Atrius Health team has raised more than $950,000 for the Boston Heart Walk over the past 10 years.

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| Posted On Sep 15, 2016 | By:

Get Your Flu Shot Today! Walk-in Flu Clinics and Appointments Available!

Influenza, sometimes simply called “flu,” is a serious illness. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Therefore, the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. To learn more about this flu season and what you need to know, please visit the CDC website.

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