| Posted On Oct 29, 2015 | By:

Harvard Vanguard Welcomes Dr. Jennifer Russo

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a medical practice of Atrius Health, proudly welcomes Dr. Jennifer Russo to its internal medicine department in Peabody/Lynnfield.  You can view her profile video here:

Dr. Russo received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and completed her residency at Boston Medical Center. She is board-certified in internal medicine. Dr. Russo grew up in Lynnfield and is a current resident of Tewksbury.

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| Posted On Oct 27, 2015 | By:

Understanding Your Health Insurance Options: Different Plan Types

As we highlighted in last week’s blog post about insurance terms and definitions, there’s a lot to consider when choosing a health insurance plan that will work best for you and your family. Knowing the meaning of the various cost components is important, but it’s also important to understand how different plans work so you know what costs you may incur when you seek care. For example, some plans require that you choose a primary care provider to coordinate your care in order to get the full cost coverage the plan allows,

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| Posted On Oct 22, 2015 | By:

How to Have a Healthier Halloween

The fall season is upon us, and with it comes cooler weather, football season, apple picking and of course, Halloween. Children can’t wait to dress up in the season’s most popular costumes (how many Queen Elsa’s will there be this year?) and go door to door in search of sweet treats. And, we have to admit, parents are equally excited about looting their child’s candy bag later that evening.

However, the sugar high,

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| Posted On Oct 20, 2015 | By:

SMArt Kids Eat Breakfast

Back to school mornings too busy for you? No time for a healthy breakfast? Well, the reality is that skipping breakfast can be a bad idea and can actually lead to weight gain, not weight loss. But don’t swing by the drive-thru for an Egg McMuffin, a Dunkin Donuts egg wrap or Burger King’s Double Croissan’wich – instead make a healthy delicious egg sandwich at home, thanks to the recipe below from our SMArt Kid’s nutritionist,

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| Posted On Oct 15, 2015 | By:

Braintree Family Medicine Moving to New Weymouth Location

We are pleased to announce that the Family Medicine department, currently located at the Harvard Vanguard practice in Braintree, will be moving to a beautiful new suite at 90 Libbey Industrial Parkway in Weymouth in early December of this year.

A new family medicine physician, Dr. Gerald Liu, will join Drs. Elise Bender, David Dildine, Hoda Eltomi and Mary Odegaard as well as nurse practitioner Kara Erdody at the new location in December.

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| Posted On Oct 14, 2015 | By:

Understanding Your Health Insurance Options: Terms and Definitions

Choosing a health insurance plan can be confusing and complicated, with lots of unfamiliar terms and different cost factors to consider. How do you know which plan choice provides the care you (and perhaps your family) need at the best price for you?

To help you make sense of it all, we plan to post a few blogs – we actually posted one last week about Medicare – to provide more information to you,

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| Posted On Oct 13, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Submits Testimony in Support of Two Important Bills

Atrius Health submitted testimony before the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing today in support of two important pieces of legislation that will support the practices and our patients. Writing on behalf of Atrius Health, Dr. Richard Lopez, Chief Medical Officer, submitted comments in support of H. 267, An Act Advancing & Expanding Access to Telemedicine Services as well as H. 984 and S.

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| Posted On Oct 13, 2015 | By:

Beverly Health Fair: Saturday, October 17

This Saturday, October 17, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., our Beverly practice will be holding a Health Fair at their office located at 77 Herrick Street on the Beverly Hospital campus.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be health screenings, prizes, flu shots and more, including:

  • Blood pressure screening
  • Flu Shots (no appointment necessary!  Your insurance will be billed)
  • Facial skin cancer screening by the Melanoma Foundation
  • Hearing Evaluations by one of Beverly Hospital’s audiologists
  • Dermatologist Dr.
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| Posted On Oct 08, 2015 | By:

Columbus Day Holiday Notice

On Monday, October 12th, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the Columbus 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 Oct 07, 2015 | By:

Helpful or Harmful? Technology in the classroom

Children are carrying more than the traditional notebooks, pencils and papers in their backpacks these days. As education moves into the 21st century, schools are embracing new ways of learning through technologies such as computers, tablets and other devices. These developments have sparked debate about exposing children to added screen time in the classroom. Isn’t “screen time” supposed to be “bad?” Do these new approaches to learning help or hurt our students?

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