| Posted On Jul 27, 2012 | By:

Organic, Natural and Everything Else: Decoding the Food Labels

Research on food trends in the United States indicates that Americans have a growing appetite for healthier foods.  According to the Institute of Food Technologists, most consumers believe that limiting processed food is one of the most important components of healthier eating, and natural ingredients rank third on the list of most looked-for items on the ingredient label, after type of fat/oil and sweeteners.

Stroll through any grocery store and you’ll see an ever-increasing number of natural and organic foods,

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| Posted On Jul 25, 2012 | By:

New Online Bill Pay

We are pleased to announce that Online Bill Pay is now available through the Harvard Vanguard website.  Online Bill Pay is an easy, secure and convenient way for Harvard Vanguard patients to make a payment on their medical bill. There is no additional fee for online payments, and it is available 24 hours a day.

To pay a bill online, simply enter the account number located in the top right corner of your billing statement and fill in the requested information fields.

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| Posted On Jul 20, 2012 | By:

A supportive approach for children with food allergies

My son was 4 when he had a severe allergic reaction to a chocolate bar with walnuts in it.  Around that time, I was completing my second year of training as a pediatric allergist and was already very interested in how to teach families about managing their children’s food allergies. My wife and I found that the first few months after his reaction were surprisingly difficult.  We were quickly faced with the challenges that so many families face when dealing with food allergies. 

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| Posted On Jul 17, 2012 | By:

Are psychiatric medications safe in pregnancy?

When a woman considers pregnancy, she naturally has a whole host of questions to answer and decisions to make.  For women who have experienced mental illness, however, pregnancy brings up another important decision:  should I continue my medication?

While the decision around treatment often centers on the risks to the fetus of exposure to a medication, there are additional risks to both mother and child if mental illness is left untreated. 

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| Posted On Jul 13, 2012 | By:

Staying Sane with your Significant Other

Have you ever confided in your friends, “Why do I have so much trouble communicating with my partner?” or “Why do I end up saying things that hurt my partner, when I would never say such things to anyone else? What happened to that wonderful connection in the beginning and how can I get it back?”

Many people experience regret after a difficult argument, believing they have succeeded in eroding trust in the one person with whom they want closeness.

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| Posted On Jul 09, 2012 | By:

Summer Camp and Food Allergies

With summer officially here, camp season is also in full swing, and families everywhere are sending their children to summer camp. According to the American Camp Association, more than 11 million children and adults attend summer camps. Camps present wonderful experiences to build self-esteem and self-confidence, develop friendships, and work on social skills in a safe environment.

Children with food allergies have the same emotional and developmental needs as children without food allergies.

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| Posted On Jul 05, 2012 | By:

Sixth year for Atrius Health in the Boston Heart Walk

Did you know that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer of all Americans? In fact, someone dies from CVD every 38 seconds! Heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. And congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects.

These are just some of the reasons why Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and the other medical groups that make up Atrius Health (South Shore Medical Center,

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| Posted On Jul 02, 2012 | By:

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates is incredibly pleased to announce that our organization has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization. Harvard Vanguard earned the highest score possible in the survey for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families who can face challenges in accessing adequate healthcare.

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