Primary Care

| 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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| Posted On Feb 21, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health and IBM Watson Health Forge Partnership to Bring Cognitive Insights to Primary Care Physicians and Their Patients

Atrius Health and IBM (NYSE: IBM) Watson Health recently announced an agreement to develop a cloud-based offering for primary care providers. By providing a holistic view of the multiple influences on an individual’s health, including social determinants, Watson Cognitive Insights could be designed to support shared decision making between physicians and patients.

According to a paper published by Health Affairs, shared decision making, whereby physicians and their patients make healthcare decisions together using the best clinical evidence available,

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| Posted On Feb 07, 2017 | By:

Stop the Spread of Viruses!

While you can get sick at any time of the year, winters in general and this winter in particular have many hard-hitting viruses – including the common cold but also norovirus and influenza – busily circulating through schools, businesses and homes.

With many of us suffering from sneezing, coughing, and just feeling lousy, I’d like to share some tips to help stop the spread of viruses and stay healthy.

Colds

Colds are more common in the winter and spring,

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| Posted On Feb 02, 2017 | By:

Exercises to Help Prevent and Manage Sports Injuries

Are you a runner or do you frequently play sports like tennis, squash, or basketball? Do you often deal with an injury from your activity, or do you just want to learn more about how to prevent injury while being as active as possible? These exercises will help improve your stability and strength which are key to avoiding, preventing and managing injuries to the knee, hip, ankle or back as a result of recreational activity or a competitive sport.

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