| Posted On Apr 30, 2014 | By:

SMArt and Healthy Ideas for Spring and Summer

The recent April showers haven’t slowed down our SMArt Kids. They are full of energy and enthusiasm when it comes to embracing our SMArt Kids’ goals. See if you can work on some of their goals this spring and into the summer:

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| Posted On Apr 29, 2014 | By:

What to do about Seasonal Allergies

The month of April marks the beginning of seasonal allergies and the telltale sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion or pressure, and general malaise that start for millions of Americans.  Many people do not know what they’re allergic to and wonder if they should get tested to find out.  My general answer is that it depends on how severe your allergy symptoms are and what has or has not helped you to manage them in the past. 

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| Posted On Apr 24, 2014 | By:

Positive Parenting Part 2: When Children Misbehave

Last week, I published a blog about the general concepts of positive parenting that you should try to practice each and every day.  Raising children, however, is a long journey, and there are inevitable bumps and turns and breakdowns along the road.  Sometimes, you have to correct your child’s behavior to help them understand that the behavior is not acceptable and learn that there are consequences to misbehaving.

Like almost everything with a child,

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| Posted On Apr 23, 2014 | By:

Dr. Rick Lopez Named Becker’s Healthcare 2014 Leader

We are proud to announce that Dr. Rick Lopez, Atrius Health Chief Medical Officer, has been named as one of 25 national and very distinguished recipients of the Becker’s Healthcare 2014 Leadership Awards.

As noted in the article: “Becker’s Healthcare is pleased to announce the 25 recipients of the Becker’s Healthcare 2014 Leadership Awards. The awards recognize men and women who have made remarkable contributions and will leave lasting legacies to their respective health systems,

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| Posted On Apr 22, 2014 | By:

36 Physicians from Harvard Vanguard Named to Prestigious 2014 Best Doctors in America® List

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates is pleased to announce that 36 of our physicians appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2014.  Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.

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| Posted On Apr 17, 2014 | By:

Positive Parenting

Over time, there has been a change in philosophy about how to raise children.  Many of the grandparents of today were, as children, raised in a very strict environment where “children should be seen but not heard.”  That philosophy gave way to an era of permissiveness, which often led to chaos in the household.  In recent years, there’s been an emphasis on building self-esteem.

But the reality is that we need a blend of all of these approaches to raise our children to be responsible,

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| Posted On Apr 16, 2014 | By:

Improving the Quality of Life for our Pediatric Patients with Asthma

According to the American Lung Association, asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders in childhood affecting an estimated 7 million children under the age of 18. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. The annual direct health care cost of asthma is approximately $50 billion; indirect costs (e.g. lost productivity) add another $6 billion, for a total of $56 billion dollars.

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| Posted On Apr 16, 2014 | By:

Patriot’s Day Holiday Hours Notice

On Monday, April 21st, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the Patriot’s 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. If it is determined that you need an urgent care appointment,

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| Posted On Apr 15, 2014 | By:

Health Food Impostors

Have you noticed how many “health foods” there are in the grocery store lately?  It’s hard to ignore the advertising and all of the “expert claims” that promise to make you healthier, help your body to work better, and give you more energy.  With so many magic foods and beverages available to us, it’s a wonder we aren’t all super-human!  So should you jump on the bandwagon and believe all the hoopla, or are these products really health food impostors?

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| Posted On Apr 10, 2014 | By:

Allergy tests: When you need them and when you don’t

Skin or blood tests, when combined with a doctor’s examination and your medical history, can help determine if you’re truly allergic to something you inhaled, touched, or ate. But if you don’t have symptoms or a medical evaluation that points to an allergy, you should think twice about testing. Here’s why:

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