| Posted On Feb 27, 2014 | By:

Treating sinusitis: Don’t rush to antibiotics

Millions of people are prescribed antibiotics each year for sinusitis, a frequent complication of the common cold, hay fever, and other respiratory allergies. In fact, 15 to 21 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions for adults in outpatient care are for treating sinusitis. Unfortunately, most of those people probably don’t need the drugs. Here’s why:

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| Posted On Feb 19, 2014 | By:

Getting Baby from Breast to Bottle

One of the challenges that breastfeeding moms face is getting their babies to accept a bottle.  No matter that there’s breast milk in there, many babies don’t take kindly to this change and may need a bit of coaxing.

Especially for those women who work away from the home, getting your baby to take a bottle is pretty important, so you should know that it may take a little time and start early. 

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| Posted On Feb 11, 2014 | By:

Give Your Heart Some Love, Too!

Since Valentine’s Day is this Friday and February is American Heart Month, I thought it only appropriate to write about the most important way you can show your heart a little extra love. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of Americans, and many of the risk factors for this disease are diet and lifestyle-related and largely preventable. The American Heart Association urges everyone to follow a Heart Healthy Diet in order to reduce your risk,

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| Posted On Feb 10, 2014 | By:

Health Policy Commission Proposes New Regulations on Provider Registration

Later this week the state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) will be holding a public hearing on proposed regulations for the registration of provider organizations.  The hearing, scheduled for February 12, 2014 at 1 pm, will likely generate comments from providers and provider organizations such as Atrius Health that will be affected by the regulations and some of the new requirements of the HPC. Written comments are due to the HPC on April 11,

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| Posted On Feb 07, 2014 | By:

EKGs and exercise stress tests When you need them for heart disease—and when you don’t

If you have chest pain or other symptoms of heart disease, an electrocardiogram (EKG) or exercise stress test can be lifesaving. The same is true if you have a history of heart disease or are at very high risk for it. But in other cases, you should think twice. Here’s why:

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| Posted On Feb 04, 2014 | By:

IMPORTANT: Patient Information for Wednesday, February 5, 2014

We have already received many appointment cancellations and tomorrow’s forecast appears to indicate widespread and significant snowfall.  Out of an abundance of caution for patient and staff safety, on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 we will be closed for routine care at all Harvard Vanguard practice sites as shown below.   All patients with previously scheduled routine care appointments for Wednesday will be contacted to reschedule those appointments.

We will provide telephone-based medical advice and have a limited number of staff on-site at each practice to provide same-day appointments for patients who are ill or have an urgent need.  

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| Posted On Feb 04, 2014 | By:

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing a high altitude mountain may be possible if you are psychologically prepared and if your body cooperates.   But since I had never climbed a mountain higher than Mt Washington (6,288 feet) in New Hampshire, I had no idea if my body would allow me to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa.

My 30-year-old son, however, wanted an adventure. 

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