| Posted On Aug 31, 2011 | By:

You Say Tomato…I Say Superfood

Without a doubt, one of my favorite things about late summer in New England is the abundance of tomatoes in my garden.  While I am usually more of a flower gardener, I like to grow a few tomato plants because there is nothing quite like the taste of a fresh-from-the-vine, warm-from-the-sun tomato.  The problem, as my fellow gardeners know, is that when it rains, it pours, and it’s pouring tomatoes right now!

I’ve already picked more than I can count,

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| Posted On Aug 27, 2011 | By:

Severe Weather Alert: All Practices Closed Sunday 8/28

Due to the expected severe weather, all Harvard Vanguard practices will be CLOSED ON SUNDAY 8/28 for patient care, including urgent care, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology services.

We will provide phone-based support throughout the day per usual and overnight through our adult and pediatric telecomm staff.

We expect to be open for patient care at all sites on Monday, but will assess further on Sunday pending any operations impact from the storm.

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| Posted On Aug 26, 2011 | By:

Physicians from Harvard Vanguard Named to US News & World Report Top Doctors

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates is pleased to announce that 33 of our physicians appeared on the 2011 US News & World Report Top Doctors list.

The US News & World Report Top Doctors list is created in collaboration with Castle Connolly, which maintains a database of Top Doctors who have been recommended by their colleagues for their professional expertise and achievements and then carefully reviewed by Castle Connolly’s physician-led research team.

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| Posted On Aug 25, 2011 | By:

Backpacks: Pack Them Light, Wear Them Right

Back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and one item on most everyone’s list is a new backpack.  Backpacks are a practical way for children and teens to carry books and supplies back and forth to school. They are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles, and when used correctly, backpacks can be useful equipment.

Unfortunately, many parents and children are unaware of the potential dangers of improperly worn backpacks. 

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| Posted On Aug 19, 2011 | By:

Tips for Getting Ready for the School Year

As September approaches, it’s time to sharpen pencils, buy new binders, and get ready to go back to school.  At this time of year, too, parents start to wonder about how to smooth the transition from summer to school for their  children.  Whether your child is entering a new classroom or starting an entirely new school, here are some ways to support your child’s  back-to-school adjustment:

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| Posted On Aug 16, 2011 | By:

Frequently Asked Questions about Vaccines

In pediatricians’ offices all around the country, just like everywhere else, it is once again the time each year when we see children and families getting ready for school: having their well-visit and annual check-ups if it’s been a year or more since the last one, and of course, enquiring about flu vaccines – not just for children but for the entire family – and vaccinations in general.  Below, I’ve answered several questions I get asked quite often. 

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| Posted On Aug 12, 2011 | By:

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine problem – it is caused by a hormone imbalance in the body – as well as the most common cause of infertility in women.  PCOS affects 6.5 to 8 percent of women, and the prevalence is 3-4 times higher in overweight or obese women, as weight gain is a symptom of PCOS.  It is important to know that PCOS is a syndrome, not a disease,

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| Posted On Aug 05, 2011 | By:

A “Bad Mother” – who decides?

This was the hot topic of conversation at one of Harvard Vanguard’s Centering Prenatal Appointment meetings recently. Centering appointments are group prenatal appointments at which you receive your regular, private, prenatal check-up, but then meet with other pregnant women for 60-90 minutes to support one another and to learn about childbirth and parenting.

At this particular meeting, we were discussing the advantages, social pressures and challenges of breastfeeding, when one of the pregnant women in the group became visibly upset.

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| Posted On Aug 03, 2011 | By:

Medford Practice Achieves National Recognition for Patient-Centered Medical Home

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Medford received recognition from the Physician Practice Connections® Patient-Centered Medical Home™ program (PPC®-PCMH™). Harvard Vanguard is one of only a few practices in Massachusetts to receive this prestigious national distinction. In addition, Harvard Vanguard’s Medford practice ranked among the top recognized primary care practices by scoring a Level 3, the highest recognition status obtainable.

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