Primary Care

| Posted On May 25, 2017 | By:

Expired Medicines – Are They Safe?

Many of us keep unused medicines in our homes, whether left over from a prescription or purchased over-the-counter for some future need. All medicines will eventually expire –what do you do then?

First let’s step back and take a look at what expiration dates mean.

For over-the-counter medicines, you’ll find an expiration date printed on the packaging by the manufacturer. This date refers to the time beyond which the manufacturer says the medicine should no longer be used.

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| Posted On May 02, 2017 | By:

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the large intestine that is characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, cramping and diarrhea or constipation that has lasted at least 6 months. Women are twice as likely as men to develop IBS and it is more common in people who are in their mid-forties or younger. IBS is chronic disorder, meaning it can last for many years, but it is not a disease. Symptoms may come and go over time,

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| Posted On Apr 26, 2017 | By:

Why Does My Head Hurt?

Almost everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their lives, but did you know that there are over 150 unique types of headaches? Common though they may be, one headache may definitely not be like another. Different types of headaches are defined by a combination of symptoms, duration, frequency, and triggers, and respond to different kinds of treatment.

Below are a few of the more distinct types of headaches, their causes,

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| Posted On Apr 06, 2017 | By:

Sunday, April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. The theme for 2017 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

According to a national survey done by The Conversation Project in 2013,

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| Posted On Mar 31, 2017 | By:

Trigger Finger

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is the common term for the condition “stenosing flexor tenosynovitis.” People who have trigger finger will report that their finger is catching, locking, sticking or snapping in a bent (flexed) position.  Sometimes, people cannot straighten the finger without pushing on it.  Pain can develop in the finger and sometimes in the palm of the hand, and there may be a nodule (bump) present over the finger or palm.

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| Posted On Mar 22, 2017 | By:

Antibiotic Resistance: What is it and How Can We Stop it?

Right now we are facing a public health issue both nationally and globally called antibiotic resistance. Bacteria are everywhere, existing unseen, and while some are completely harmless, some are not. They are usually reduced by drugs called antibiotics that attack a part of their functioning system and either make them ineffective or kill them outright.

However, antibiotic overuse and misuse has led to antibiotic resistance, which is when disease-causing microorganisms cannot be killed by the usual antibiotics that are meant to eliminate them.

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| Posted On Mar 16, 2017 | By:

Canker Sores

What is a Canker Sore?

A canker sore is the common term for an aphthous ulcer, a lesion inside the mouth that looks like a shallow, round, white or gray spot, often with some redness around the edge. When there are multiple ulcers, we call them “aphthae.” These lesions are painful and can make it uncomfortable to eat, drink or chew. Canker sores are not contagious.

Canker sores usually last up to 2 weeks and heal on their own.

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| Posted On Mar 01, 2017 | By:

Nosebleeds: Minor Irritation or Cause for Concern?

If a nosebleed occurs out of the blue, it can be a pretty scary event. But nosebleeds are pretty common and usually don’t indicate anything too serious.

Our noses contain a great number of small blood vessels that are close to the surface and can bleed easily if aggravated. As such, nosebleeds tend to occur more often during the winter months because the cold winter air and dry indoor heat irritate the nose.

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| Posted On Feb 27, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and Care

Atrius Health recently joined a growing list of health care providers, consumer groups, representatives from the business community, and others to form the Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage & Care in response to potential threats to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Coalition was created by Health Care For All and is being co-hosted by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation which will provide research and technical assistance. The group was formed to ensure that state health reform measures (Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006) that provide universal coverage to Massachusetts residents is protected.

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| Posted On Feb 23, 2017 | By:

What is a Charley Horse?

Charley horse is just another name for an incredibly uncomfortable muscle contraction or spasm. While this painful contraction can occur in any muscle in the body, a charley horse is more specific to muscles in the legs.

The exact origin of the term “charley horse” is not known, but was used as far back as 1880s to describe a leg cramp common to baseball players.

What causes a charley horse?

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