| Posted On Feb 26, 2013 | By:

A “Regular Cycle:” It’s All Relative

Talking about irregular periods first requires establishing what is and is not “regular.” When asked how long a woman’s menstrual cycle should be, most people would answer 28 days. But that’s just an average – very few women have 28 day cycles, and fewer still have 28-day cycles every single month, time and time again.

For most women, cycles run anywhere from 21 to 34 days, so defining regularity needs to be defined in terms of what is right for you.

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| Posted On Feb 19, 2013 | By:

Become a Health Detective: Using the Internet Wisely

On a typical day, millions of people type “back pain,” “migraine,” or some other troubling symptom into an Internet search engine. Almost 60% of Americans searched for health information online last year.  Are you one of them? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed at the amount of information that is on the Web? In this age of instant communication, we are bombarded with “facts” (which may or may not be accurate), as well as opinions and suggestions (which may or may not be helpful),

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| Posted On Feb 15, 2013 | By:

A Mid-Winter Clean Eating Challenge

The middle of winter is a perfect time to do some deep cleaning, not just for your home, but also for your body.  We’re in limbo between the craziness and overindulgence of the holidays and the relaxed, more carefree days of spring.  This is a perfect time to clean the junk out of your pantry, refrigerator, and your body, and give yourself a healthier start for spring.

I’m not talking about a celebrity endorsed detox diet,

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| Posted On Feb 13, 2013 | By:

Presidents’ Day Holiday Notice

On Monday, February 18th, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the Presidents’ 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 Feb 12, 2013 | By:

Important Diagnostic Changes on the Horizon: Autism and Asperger Syndrome

If your child has been diagnosed with Autistic Disorder (Autism), Pervasive Developmental Disorder “Not Otherwise Specified”(PDD-NOS) or Asperger Syndrome, some important changes are on the way that may affect the services your child receives.

This May, the American Psychiatric Association will release a new version of the DSM­—the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual—that will change the way what are now called Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs) such as Autism, PDD-NOS and Asperger Syndrome are diagnosed ,

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| Posted On Feb 09, 2013 | By:

Patient Information – Weather Update – Saturday, February 9, 2013

On Sunday, February 10, all six Harvard Vanguard urgent care sites (Braintree, Chelmsford, Kenmore, Peabody, Somerville, and Wellesley) will be open for pre-scheduled adult and pediatric urgent care appointments during usual Sunday operating hours. To make an urgent care appointment, please call your doctor’s office number and you will be connected with our staff to schedule an appointment at the urgent care site most convenient for you. If you need urgent medical advice at any time,

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| Posted On Feb 08, 2013 | By:

Patient Information – Weather Alert Update – Friday, February 8, 2013

Harvard Vanguard is planning early closure at 12 noon for all services in each of its locations today Friday, February 8, due to the snowstorm.   Patients will be contacted to reschedule appointments.  If you need urgent medical advice at any time, please contact your Harvard Vanguard doctor’s office by phone as we will continue to provide 24/7 phone-based support.

Additionally, on Saturday, February 9, all locations will be closed for all services (no urgent care appointments) and we will continue to provide 24/7 phone-based telephone support and advice.

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| Posted On Feb 07, 2013 | By:

Feeding Your Toddler with Success (and Good Stuff, too!)

Do you ever feel like the probability of getting your toddler to do algebra is greater than getting her to eat the green beans on her plate? If you answered “yes!” you are not alone. The toddler years can be very challenging.  After all, it’s a time when your little one’s emotional development is a constant game of tug- of-war between the need to feel safe and protected by you and the desire to exert her independence and show you just what she can do on her own.

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| Posted On Feb 04, 2013 | By:

35 Physicians from Harvard Vanguard Named to Prestigious 2013 Best Doctors in America® List

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates is pleased to announce that 35 of our physicians and 10 physicians from our other Atrius Health affiliate medical groups appear on the Best Doctors in America® list for 2013.  Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.

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| Posted On Feb 01, 2013 | By:

BIDMC Labor and Delivery Tours

Notice to our patients: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston has cancelled all tours of their Labor and Delivery suite until further notice.  BIDMC has decided to do this for the health and safety of expectant mothers, given the prevalence of flu and norovirus.  If you have already registered for a tour or would like more information, please call the Harvard Vanguard Health Education group at 877-439-5465.

If you would like to take a virtual tour of BIDMC’s Labor and Delivery suite,

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