| Posted On Dec 27, 2017 | By:

Our Top Health Blogs of 2017

As we look forward to a healthy 2018, we thought it was a good time to look back at some of our most popular health blog posts of the year and provide a quick summary if you happened to miss any of them.

Body Mechanics of Snow Removal

Winter weather in New England is unpredictable, to say the least. We can go from no snow in sight to 10 or more inches overnight.

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| Posted On Dec 12, 2017 | By:

A PSA on the PSA

I’d last posted on this subject about a year and a half ago, in the summer of 2016.  Since then, there have been a few small changes in the world of prostate cancer screening and the PSA test that I thought I should update you about.

At that point in time, there were seven major medical associations who had published opinions on PSA testing:

  • Four groups – the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF,
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| Posted On Dec 06, 2017 | By:

The HPV Vaccine

My patients and their families are familiar with most of the vaccines I recommend – tetanus, measles, chicken pox, and so on – but when I discuss the HPV vaccine, I find many people don’t know why I am recommending it.

Here’s what I tell my patients about HPV and the HPV vaccine:

  • HPV stands for human papillomavirus, a group of more than 150 related viruses.
  • The virus can be spread by vaginal,
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| Posted On Nov 14, 2017 | By:

What is the Difference Between Hepatitis A, B, and C?

Hepatitis A, B, and C are diseases caused by different viruses that all attack the liver. Although they can also cause similar symptoms, each type is transmitted differently and can affect the liver differently.

Hepatitis A appears only as an acute or newly occurring infection and does not become chronic. Most people with Hepatitis A can improve without treatment, although a small fraction may need supportive care or hospitalization to recover fully.

Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can also begin as acute infections,

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| Posted On Nov 02, 2017 | By:

Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

Holidays are truly a wonderful time of the year for many of us, but the season can also be a challenging time if you are trying to maintain a healthy regimen. After all, food is usually a part of every gathering with family, friends, and co-workers.

Research has indicated that the average person gains 1-5lbs. each holiday season and the same research shows that most people never lose the extra weight.

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| Posted On Oct 31, 2017 | By:

Do You Suffer From Lactose Intolerance?

According to the National Institute for Health (NIH), approximately 65% of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy. Lactose is a natural sugar commonly found in milk and dairy products. Lactase is an enzyme found in the small intestines which breaks lactose down into more simple sugars to be absorbed into the body.  When there is a deficiency in lactase, undigested lactose in the intestines pulls in water and gets fermented by bacteria which results in gas production.

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| Posted On Sep 28, 2017 | By:

How to Treat a Form of Dry Eye

Tears are necessary for maintaining healthy eyes and for providing clear vision. Dry eye is a common condition that occurs either when your eyes do not produce enough tears or when the composition or quality of your tears is such that they cannot adequately perform their function of lubricating and nourishing your eyes.

Symptoms of dry eye can include irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes; a feeling of something in your eyes; excess watering;

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| Posted On Sep 05, 2017 | By:

Safe Storage of Opioids in the Home

My recent article on expired medications opened up a discussion of how to safely handle opioid narcotics such as morphine, hydrocodone, codeine or oxycodone in the home – a worthy topic considering the current national opioid addiction crisis!

The amount of opioids dispensed from pharmacies in the US quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, and an estimated 5.1 million Americans abuse prescription pain relievers – more than the number abusing cocaine, heroin,

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| Posted On Aug 17, 2017 | By:

Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing

If you’ve ever been told not to look directly at the sun, that was sage advice. Although you may never have heard the words before, solar retinopathy is a rare condition in which the retina (in the back of the eye – some compare it to the film in a camera) is “burnt” by the extreme rays of the sun.

When we stare at something, we are directing our eyes’ foveae towards an object.

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| Posted On Aug 14, 2017 | By:

Preventive Care versus Diagnostic Care: What’s the difference? And how might my out-of-pocket cost change?

In most instances, health insurance plans cover preventive care and you don’t pay anything for these services.  But depending on your health plan, you may have to pay something for diagnostic care.  And if both preventive and diagnostic care are provided by a clinician during the same visit (for example, during a routine physical), you may have to pay some portion (such as a copayment, deductible, or co-insurance) for the diagnostic services. 

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