| Posted On Jan 30, 2012 | By:

What You Should Know About Your Thyroid

Do you know what your thyroid is? Do you know where in your body it is located, or what it does? If you answered “no” to any or all of these questions, you are far from alone. Many people know little to nothing about this small but extremely critical gland.

According to the American Thyroid Association, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and more than 12 percent of the U.S.

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| Posted On Jan 26, 2012 | By:

Breakfast does the body good

The SMArt Kids are working hard on their goals. It’s been challenging to stay focused given the winter weather and the recent holidays. Yet, the SMArt Kids have not wavered, and our team here continues to be impressed by their diligence and enthusiasm. They are working on such goals as:

  • Eating more fruits and veggies
  • Drinking only low fat milk and water
  • Engaging in at least 1 hour of active play
  • Reducing screen time
  • Choosing healthy snacks and breakfast options

At this month’s SMA,

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| Posted On Jan 24, 2012 | By:

When your child is struggling in school

It is the first day of Kindergarten.  Your 5-year-old child walks into his or her class with a scrubbed face and new clothes.  You wipe away a tear, remembering the day he or she was born, and smile, thinking, “We did it!  We have made it to Kindergarten!”

The first few weeks go well.  There are some worries about new friends and separation from you, but they are manageable.  The teacher seems to be good,

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| Posted On Jan 17, 2012 | By:

Pamper Yourself (Your Kids Will Thank You for It)

Whether you are raising kids or enjoying your “empty nest” or retirement, taking care of yourself affects not only you, but also those around you and all those who care about you.  It is not selfish to take a little “me, me, me” time.  When you are raising kids, you need time to recharge your batteries, relieve the inevitable stress and rejuvenate for the challenges of tomorrow.

And let’s face it: by the time your kids are grown and you are done raising them,

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| Posted On Jan 10, 2012 | By:

Sleepless Nights: How to Help with Insomnia

Difficulty sleeping, also called insomnia, is a common and frustrating problem. If you are not sleeping well at night, it can be difficult to feel well during the daytime. Insomnia makes everything worse; it can lead to fatigue, depression, anxiety, irritability, poor memory, and poor concentration. It can also impair the immune system and other bodily functions, leading to medical problems. If people are sleep deprived for several days, they can even develop hallucinations,

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| Posted On Jan 06, 2012 | By:

By the Letters: MDs, NPs, and PAs

Has this ever happened to you:  you call the doctor’s office to make an appointment with your physician, but he or she is not available; instead, you’re offered an appointment with a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant.  “What’s the difference?” you ask.  “Can a nurse practitioner or physician assistant take care of me as effectively as my doctor?” 

For many people, the answer is “yes.”  At Harvard Vanguard, these providers are a vital part of our team-based approach to care,

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| Posted On Jan 03, 2012 | By:

It’s Time to Get Real(istic) about your New Year’s Resolutions

If you are one of the millions of Americans who have made a New Year’s resolution to somehow improve your health, good for you!  The top three health-related resolutions are to quit smoking, to lose weight, and to exercise more, and research suggests that 60% of those who make New Year’s resolutions keep them for at least part of the year.   The bad news is, the other 40% of us find it too hard to keep our resolutions. 

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