| Posted On Jul 29, 2011 | By:

The Myths of Nurse-Midwifery

The word “midwife” comes from the Old English and means “with woman.”  Midwives have helped women give birth since the beginning of time.  Over the years, several myths about midwifery have surfaced and have created some preconceived notions about what utilizing a Certified Nurse-Midwife or simply “nurse-midwife” – involves.  This may be in part because people use the term “midwife” to refer to all types of midwives,

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| Posted On Jul 26, 2011 | By:

The Shoes of Summer

When you think about it, shoes serve any, if not all, of these three purposes:

  1. They help protect the skin of the foot from trauma.
  2. They support the foot so that it functions better with less discomfort while also reducing the risk of injury. 
  3. For some, the shoes we wear tell the world something about ourselves, our sense of style, what we like to do, and who we like to associate with.
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| Posted On Jul 20, 2011 | By:

Heat Wave: Be Smart, Be Safe

The brutal heat wave that has been suffocating the Midwest, Great Plains, and parts of the South in triple-digit heat and oppressive humidity is coming our way.  The forecast for tomorrow and Friday is for temperatures to reach almost – if not above – 100°F, and the heat index, or how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored with the actual air temperature, will be far above that.

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| Posted On Jul 19, 2011 | By:

Answers to some Common Questions about Health Screening Tests

I’m healthy and scheduled a checkup.  What “routine” blood tests do I need?

Surprisingly, few blood tests are recommended on a “routine” or screening basis.  Everyone should have their cholesterol levels (a “lipid profile”) checked at least every five years, even if it’s normal.  Your doctor or nurse will request that you do this fasting, meaning nothing to eat or drink for about 8-12 hours beforehand  (water, black coffee,

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| Posted On Jul 15, 2011 | By:

Pre-diabetes? It’s Now or Never

Are you are one of the almost 80 million Americans who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes?  If so, consider it a warning sign.  This is your last chance to make some changes in your diet and lifestyle in order to prevent or at least slow down the development of diabetes.

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| Posted On Jul 13, 2011 | By:

Managing Children’s Behavior

I think that it’s fair to say that most kids, at one time or another, exhibit behavior that worries or concerns their parents.  In fact, in our outpatient Behavioral Health Departments at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, the most frequent request is for the evaluation and possible treatment of child and teen behavioral issues.

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| Posted On Jul 07, 2011 | By:

ACL Injuries

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of four major knee ligaments.  Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect one bone to another. The ACL connects your thighbone (femur) to your shinbone (tibia) and helps stabilize your knee joint.  The ACL is therefore critical to stability; as a result, people who injure their ACL often complain of symptoms of their knee giving out from under them.  Many patients who sustain an ACL tear opt to have surgical treatment of this injury –

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| Posted On Jul 06, 2011 | By:

Making your trip to the pharmacy a whole lot easier

Sometimes, a trip to your neighborhood pharmacy may go like this: You arrive, but your prescription has not arrived from your doctor’s office.  The pharmacy calls to look for it.  Turns out the nurse is waiting for the doctor to approve it.  You can wait or come back later.  The prescription finally arrives and the pharmacy discovers they do not have your current insurance on file.  You search through your wallet and present your insurance card.  

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