| Posted On Dec 27, 2012 | By:

SMArt Kids are Active Kids

With the winter rapidly approaching, we decided to highlight the importance of exercise in our recent SMArt Kids’ shared medical appointment (SMA). Many of our SMArt Kids have already done a great job with this goal: one SMArt kid swims four times per week and another SMArt kid ran a recent 5K road race with his mother!  No matter what you do today, we all need to keep this goal a priority now,

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| Posted On Nov 28, 2012 | By:

SMArt Kids eat a good breakfast every day

At our recent November SMA, Linda Germaine-Miller, our nutritionist, helped the kids prepare a tasty, easy, and nutritious breakfast burrito that the kids enjoyed making as well as eating – and will hopefully make again at home.  Here’s the recipe:

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| Posted On Nov 19, 2012 | By:

Safe Toys for your child

The holiday season is just beginning, and kids are starting to make their wish lists for the toys they want.  For anyone who has seen A Christmas Story, Ralphie’s desire for a Red Rider BB gun and the response of, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” is funny, but for real life, it’s also a great reminder that the toy your child wants may not always be the safest choice.  Before you head out to the stores or begin searching online,

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| Posted On Nov 14, 2012 | By:

Help for the Occasional Snorer

Sleeping in the same room with someone who snores can literally be exhausting. Occasional snoring, although a nuisance to those around you,  is usually not a serious problem. However, if your snoring is habitual, it is not only disrupting the sleep of others, but it also impairs your own sleep quality and can be an indication of a more serious medical condition. Just what causes snoring, what can you do to stop occasional snoring,

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| Posted On Nov 09, 2012 | By:

10 Tips to Trim the Fat from Thanksgiving Dinner

For most Americans, Thanksgiving marks the official start of the Holiday Feasting Season.  With the average Thanksgiving dinner weighing in at over 3,000 calories (most adults only need 1,500-2,000 calories per day), it’s no wonder most of us will roll into the New Year at least a few pounds heavier.  Holidays and weight gain don’t have to be synonymous, however, if you do some advance planning and make smart choices at the dinner table.

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| Posted On Oct 29, 2012 | By:

Feeling SAD? It’s That Time of The Year

Do you feel like your energy level declines significantly and you have the urge to sleep more starting in the late fall?  Or do you feel irritable or blue, or crave sweets and gain weight like clockwork starting every year around this time?  If so, you probably suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition that affects millions worldwide.  It is especially prevalent in individuals who live in northern latitudes, and tends to affect women and children more than men.

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| Posted On Oct 24, 2012 | By:

Do you know what your Mesopic Vision is? You should!

This is a beautiful time in Massachusetts – the leaves are changing, pumpkins and mums are appearing in many yards and on many porches, and color is everywhere. The change of season also brings with it a change in the amount of daylight, which most of us view with a bit of melancholy.  But this change in daylight brings possible dangers that many of us do not realize.

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| Posted On Oct 12, 2012 | By:

You’re Not Alone: Breast Cancer Support and Resources

The month of October and the color pink are closely associated with breast cancer awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the US during 2019. Excluding can­cers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. At this time there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

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| Posted On Sep 28, 2012 | By:

Welcome Back, SMArt Kids!

At our recent September SMA, we had many new SMArt Kids plus a great showing of recent graduates.  The returning patients reported on their summer successes and did a stellar job showing our new participants the ropes.  We reviewed our SMArt Kids objectives for 2012-13:

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| Posted On Sep 19, 2012 | By:

All About the Flu

Unlike the common cold or other minor ailments that people mistakenly call “the flu,” real influenza is a major illness that can have life-threatening complications, especially for people of certain ages or with specific high-risk conditions.

In this short video, Dr. Ben Kruskal, Chief of Infectious Disease at Harvard Vanguard, answers commonly-asked questions about the flu and the flu vaccine.

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