| Posted On Apr 28, 2011 | By:

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is an annual recognition of the medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care.  This year, April 24-30, 2011 is a time to honor all the medical laboratory professionals who perform and interpret laboratory tests that save lives and keep people healthy.

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| Posted On Apr 25, 2011 | By:

When trying to conceive “the old-fashioned way” may not be enough

Babies!  It seems as though they’re everywhere and that a different friend or relative calls you every week to announce her pregnancy.  If you’re “trying” and it hasn’t happened yet, it’s easy to feel alone, but you’re not.  

The majority of people trying to conceive will do so in the first six months of trying, but up to 1 in 6 couples will have difficulty conceiving (meaning not achieving a pregnancy in one year of unprotected intercourse). 

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| Posted On Apr 22, 2011 | By:

Could our food be making us sick?

Three news reports recently caught my eye because they each raise concerns about the safety of many of the foods we eat.  As a Nutritionist, I am usually asked how a food might affect conditions such as diabetes or high cholesterol.  But I wonder how many individuals stop to think about the production, processing or storage of our food, and the long-term impact those things may have on our health.  Perhaps it’s time to make some changes in our diets now,

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| Posted On Apr 20, 2011 | By:

Safe, Proper Medication Disposal

As we mentioned in a recent blog post about medication safety, unused medications, whether expired or simply no longer needed, should be disposed of to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands (or paws).

But how do you get rid of those medications? If you wash them down the drain or flush them away, they get into the water system.  Too much medication disposed of this way can be harmful to the environment.

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| Posted On Apr 19, 2011 | By:

“Race to Nowhere” and The Great Homework Debate

There is a movie being shown under the sponsorship of school parent groups in the suburbs of Boston called Race to Nowhere.   It is about teenagers, but not the teenagers I assumed it was about. When I initially heard the title, I thought it was about the teenagers racing to precociously initiate adult “activities” such as sex, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, etc.  These are the risky behaviors I counsel younger and younger teens about every day in my office.

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| Posted On Apr 15, 2011 | By:

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16th

In my last blog post, I shared with you how important it is to have a conversation with family and friends about end-of-life care, and how helpful I, as a doctor, find the information to guide me in the care and counsel I provide to my patients when they have recorded their wishes in the form of “advance directives.”

This Saturday, April 16th, is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD),

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| Posted On Apr 14, 2011 | By:

The 115th running of the Boston Marathon

On Monday, April 18, 2011, also known locally as Patriot’s Day, the Boston Marathon will be run for the 115th consecutive time.  Begun in 1897, the Boston Marathon, which is organized by the Boston Athletic Association, is the world’s oldest marathon.

This year, when the gun goes off in Hopkinton, over 26,000 runners, representing athletes from every state in the nation and over 90 countries,

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| Posted On Apr 11, 2011 | By:

Planning for Baby

Have you and your spouse or partner decided you’re ready to have a baby?  It’s exciting to think about, that’s for certain.  Before getting caught up in the excitement of trying to conceive, however, you should think about planning a trip to your doctor. Seeing your doctor before you get pregnant provides an opportunity to make sure that you’re as healthy as possible—and it allows you to test for certain conditions that might affect your pregnancy (even before it happens).

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| Posted On Apr 07, 2011 | By:

Start! Walking

Heart disease is this country’s No.1 killer, but by exercising for as little as 30 minutes each day you can reduce your risk.  That’s why staff at Harvard Vanguard’s corporate office in Newton participated in National Start! Walking Day on Wednesday, April 6.

Did you know?

  • Sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950
  • Americans work 164 more hours a year than 20 years ago

Given these statistics,

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| Posted On Apr 05, 2011 | By:

Meet Tim, an inspiration for everyone trying to lose weight

Our Facebook fans may remember Tim, a patient at our Chelmsford practice and a participant in The HMR Program for Weight ManagementTM at Harvard Vanguard.  We featured Tim back in August.  At the time, he had lost a total of 117 pounds, just 19 weeks into the program.  We had shown him holding a 50-pound bushel of corn, which weighed less than half of the total weight he had already lost. 

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