| Posted On May 28, 2014 | By:

Yellow-Tinted Glasses: A Poor Choice at Night

Driving at night is not easy and unfortunately, it gets harder for all of us as we age.  Besides the general complaint that it seems harder to see at night than in the past, many of my patients express a specific concern about glare when driving at night.

I often get asked about wearing amber or “yellow” spectacles over regular spectacles to decrease nighttime glare.   In sum, amber or yellow lenses advertised to decrease glare may improve your contrast sensitivity and perception during the daytime or in the early twilight hours,

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| Posted On May 23, 2014 | By:

Patient Notice: Change in Sunday, 5/25 Hours at Somerville

On Sunday, May 25th, due to the Memorial Day Parade in Somerville, Urgent Care hours at our Somerville practice will be from 9:00am – 1:00pm instead of the practice’s regular 12:00pm – 5:00pm hours.

The Somerville practice and 5 of our other practices in and around Boston will also be open for pre-scheduled, urgent care appointments on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th.  For a list of those practice locations and their hours for Memorial Day,

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| Posted On May 22, 2014 | By:

Memorial Day Holiday Notice

On Monday, May 26th, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the Memorial 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 May 21, 2014 | By:

10 Misconceptions about Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, it might seem like everyone wants to offer you advice. Although friends, family and co-workers are usually well-intentioned with their recommendations, it’s hard to know what advice is reliable and what isn’t, especially because the answer isn’t always straightforward.

Below, I’ve listed some of the more common misconceptions that my patients are concerned about and the answers I typically give them.

I hope some of this information helps.

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| Posted On May 20, 2014 | By:

Making Meaningful Use Meaningful

Electronic medical records (EMR) dramatically advance patient care. At Atrius Health, we fervently support the intent of Meaningful Use, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) program, which started in 2011 and provides financial incentives to organizations that use EMRs to improve patient care and penalties for those who don’t.

We have watched with anticipation as this program has helped move the majority of US physicians to electronic patient records. However, as the program has progressed,

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| Posted On May 14, 2014 | By:

Managing Menopause? Consider Your Diet

It’s important for everyone to eat a healthy diet at all stages of life, but for women who are peri- and post-menopausal, diet becomes even more essential.  Most women are concerned about hot flashes and of course weight gain, both of which are unfortunately all too common, but the risk for diseases like osteoporosis, breast cancer and heart disease also increases after menopause.  The good news is that there are steps you can take to (hopefully) glide through menopause and reduce your risk of all of these things.

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| Posted On May 13, 2014 | By:

Atrius Health Participates in Home Care Advocacy Day at the State House

A number of Atrius Health representatives from VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston participated in last week’s Home Care Advocacy Day at the State House hosted by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.

The annual Advocacy Day provided an opportunity for VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston staff to meet with legislators and staff members to highlight the value of home care as an integral part of the health care system and to discuss priorities in the budget and legislation.

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| Posted On May 12, 2014 | By:

Reflections from the Medical Tent of the Boston Marathon

For the past 8 years, I’ve had the honor and privilege to lend my medical skills to support so many athletes with a dream: to run and finish the Boston Marathon. I’ve seen a lot during those years from my vantage point in Medical Tent A, the main one at the finish line on Boylston Street.

Through the years, I’ve been asked lots of questions about my experiences in the tent,

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| Posted On May 08, 2014 | By:

Fear vs. Fact about Vaccine Safety

I believe that one of my most important jobs as a pediatrician is to educate and counsel families on why vaccines are so important for their children. While the internet can be a wonderful source of information, it is also filled with websites which contain confusing, conflicting or incorrect information about vaccines, and I know many of the parents who see me in the office have been scared or convinced away from vaccinating their child based on what they have read online.

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| Posted On May 08, 2014 | By:

Need for Regulation of Pharmacy Audits by Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Much needed legislation that was introduced earlier this session, SB 483 “An Act Regulating Pharmacy Audits”, has yet to be acted upon by the Joint Committee on Financial Services. The purpose of this Act is to establish minimum and uniform standards and criteria for the audit of pharmacy records by, or on behalf of, certain entities.

Pharmacies undergo a number of audits by various parties on a regular basis including Medicaid, state licensing boards,

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