| Posted On Jan 29, 2013 | By:

When Illness Enters Your Relationship: Potential for Growth and Renewal

Frightening diagnoses, injuries, or diseases like Alzheimer’s invade a couple’s relationship like unwelcome houseguests, changing every aspect of daily life and refusing to give their dates of departure.  Whether these intrusions arrive with the sudden blast of a catastrophe –injury or serious diagnosis—or with the slow, creeping realization that something is just not right, the effects are the same: both partners need to “recalibrate” their roles and their feelings in this new reality.

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| Posted On Jan 25, 2013 | By:

Veggies and the Super Bowl DO go together!

Make 2013 the year of the vegetable! To bring that idea home, the SMArt kids prepared a delicious and nutritious Super Bowl Snack Salad, spearheaded by Linda Germaine-Miller, our SMArt Kids nutritionist. See below for Linda’s other healthy snack alternatives for the upcoming big game.

During our recent SMA, we also discussed the importance of vegetables in preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as its protective effect for the eye and digestive tract.

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| Posted On Jan 24, 2013 | By:

Volunteer Opportunities at Harvard Vanguard, Kenmore

Our practice is seeking volunteers* to help provide a friendlier and more personal experience for our patients when they come to Kenmore.  If you have received excellent care at Harvard Vanguard —or have family members who have—and you wish to give back to our practice, volunteering may be the perfect way for you to do so.

Why Volunteer?

There are many reasons for donating your time to others.

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| Posted On Jan 17, 2013 | By:

It’s January, so Get Moving!

Did you resolve to exercise more in 2013?  If so, congratulations!  Being physically active is one of the most positive things you can do to maintain or improve your health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic (cardio) exercise each week, AND strength training exercise, which targets the major muscle groups, 2 or more times per week*.  Moderate intensity means that you’re working hard enough to break a sweat and raise your heart rate (think brisk walking,

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| Posted On Jan 16, 2013 | By:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday Hours

On Monday, January 21st, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday 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.

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| Posted On Jan 15, 2013 | By:

Ways to Live a Long and Healthy Life

Everyone wants to live a long, healthy, active life. Yes, genes have something to do with your health, but many people believe that it’s not just your genes, but what you do with them that counts! We have much to learn from centenarians—people who live to 100 and beyond.

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| Posted On Jan 10, 2013 | By:

Being Prepared if Flu Strikes

This year’s severe flu season is hitting early and hitting hard!  At this time last year (a mild flu illness year) there were only 126 reported cases of the flu in Massachusetts, while this year more than 3,500 cases have already been reported.

Getting a flu shot is one way to help you avoid this outbreak.  The flu vaccine reduces your odds of getting the flu by 50 – 70%.  So,

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| Posted On Jan 07, 2013 | By:

Should I be worried about Breast Pain?

Breast pain, or mastalgia, is very common. In fact, some research indicates that nearly 70% of women will experience breast pain at some point in their lives.  Breast pain can occur at all ages and stages of life, from the teenage years to the postmenopausal time. It is most commonly seen in young premenopausal women and perimenopausal women.

The majority of the time, breast pain is not a sign of breast cancer or anything concerning.

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| Posted On Jan 02, 2013 | By:

Medication Safety: Doing Your Part

The pills your doctor prescribes for you may look like small, harmless tablets, but prescription medicines – if not used properly – can be very dangerous, even lethal. Mixing them with other prescription (or even over-the-counter) medications without first consulting your doctor can cause serious health problems. Drugs that are not taken for the purpose for which they were prescribed, or that are shared with others, are a significant cause of serious health complications in the United States,

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