| Posted On Feb 28, 2012 | By:

More reasons to drink your milk!

It’s winter in New England, and even though the snow has been elusive, shorter days and more indoor time can put children at risk for vitamin D deficiency.

What is Vitamin D?  Vitamin D is one of the four fat-soluble vitamins (the other three are A, E, and K) available in our diet, which means they can be stored in our bodies and used over time. However, vitamin D is unique since it also behaves like a hormone in the body,

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| Posted On Feb 24, 2012 | By:

Lung Function Testing in Children with Asthma

If you have a child with asthma, you probably know that their symptoms can vary for many reasons. One way to help assess your child’s asthma is a lung function test.  A lung function test (spirometry) evaluates how well your lungs work – how much air you can breathe in, how much air you can blow out and how quickly you can do it.  The test consists of breathing into a mouthpiece that is hooked up to a computer. 

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| Posted On Feb 22, 2012 | By:

It’s time to start planning for summer camp

You may be thinking, “It’s only February, why would I be thinking about summer camp now?” Believe it or not, summer camps fill up quite early. It is best to start planning what your child is going to do for the summer in the months of February through April.

If you are new to the camp “scene” or if you are looking for a new camp, there are local summer camp resource fairs which are happening throughout Massachusetts and which may be a good place to start.

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| Posted On Feb 17, 2012 | By:

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD) is a disease associated with aging that causes vision loss in the center of your vision.  The disease affects the center of the retina called the macula.  The retina is the light sensitive tissue which lines the back of the eye like the film in the back of a camera.  The macula is used for fine central vision such as reading, recognizing faces, and recognizing colors.  Any damage to the macula may have a profound effect on one’s central vision and daily functioning. 

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| Posted On Feb 15, 2012 | By:

President’s Day Holiday Notice

On President’s Day, which is Monday, February 20th, Harvard Vanguard practices will be CLOSED except for Braintree, Chelmsford, Kenmore, Peabody, Somerville, and Wellesley, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care visits.

To check these sites’ hours of operation on President’s Day, please click here.

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| Posted On Feb 10, 2012 | By:

Talking about the impact of menopause on libido

There are many difficult discussion topics for women who are in the years leading up to their last menstrual period (perimenopause), and for women who have completed their periods (menopause or post-menopause).

In my practice, I have found that shared medical appointments (SMAs) can be very beneficial for women who want to discuss menopause and its effects.  The format of a shared medical appointment is valued by many women, as it combines their regular,

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| Posted On Feb 07, 2012 | By:

Six Steps To A Healthier Heart

Although the rate of cardiovascular or heart disease has been decreasing, it remains far too common of a diagnosis, and it is still the leading cause of death for those over the age of 55.  The American Heart Association recommends that everyone over the age of 20 get regular screenings.  You should know your numbers for cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, and body mass index, as well as be aware of any other factors which put you at risk for heart attack or stroke. 

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| Posted On Feb 02, 2012 | By:

MyHealth: an online connection to your doctor’s office

Harvard Vanguard is pleased to offer our patients a convenient, secure way to manage their personal health information called MyHealth Online.

MyHealth Online is a highly secure, web-based portal that allows you to access portions of your health record and communicate with your doctor’s office about non-urgent matters when it is convenient for you.

With MyHealth Online, you can:

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