| 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 20, 2017 | By:

Christmas and New Year’s Day Holiday Urgent Care

On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, our Atrius Health practices will be closed for routine care except for those practices listed below, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care appointments.

If you feel you need medical advice or think that you may need to be seen, call your doctor’s office at any time, day or night. Your call will be directed to our 24/7 medical staff and triaged as needed.

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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 30, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Testifies in Support of Nurse Practitioners

Dr. Richard Lopez, Chief Medical Officer of VNA Care and Senior Vice President of Population Health for Atrius Health, along with Jennifer Derkarzarian, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, Chief Nursing Officer of Atrius Health, recently testified before the Joint Committee on Public Health in support of legislation that would remove existing restrictions on the licenses of nurse practitioners (NPs) in the state. Atrius Health was among several organizations who testified in support of the bill HB2451/S1257“An Act to Contain Health Care Costs and Improve Access to Value-Based Nurse Practitioner Care As Recommended by the IOM and FTC.”

During his testimony,

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| Posted On Nov 28, 2017 | By:

45 Atrius Health Physicians Named as Castle Connolly Top Doctors®

We are pleased to congratulate the Atrius Health physicians who have been named as Castle Connolly Top Doctors®. The database, compiled by healthcare research and publishing company, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., is comprised of physicians in more than 70 medical specialties and subspecialties. Many of the Atrius Health physicians named as Castle Connolly Top Doctors® have been featured in publications such as Boston Magazine and Cape Cod Magazine.

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| Posted On Nov 16, 2017 | By:

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

During the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, our Atrius Health practices will be closed for routine care on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th except for those practices listed below, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care appointments.

If you feel you need medical advice or think that you may need to be seen, call your doctor’s office at any time, day or night. Your call will be directed to our 24/7 medical staff and triaged as needed.

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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:

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. Over the years, these pounds can add up.

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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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