| Posted On Aug 18, 2015 | By:

Concussions in Elementary School: What you need to know

Imagine you’re seated at work when you receive a call from the school nurse who tells you your son hit his head during recess. Thankfully, he didn’t lose consciousness, so no concussion, right?

Not necessarily.

Elementary-aged students do not lose consciousness as easily as teens or adults do. They also may not yet have the language skills necessary to convey the pain or symptoms they are experiencing.

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| Posted On Jul 16, 2015 | By:

Congratulations to our 2015 Reader’s Choice Winners

Atrius Health is very proud to announce that several of our practices and doctors at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Dedham Medical Associates and Granite Medical Group have been recognized on Wicked Local’s 2015 Reader’s Choice awards lists in their various communities.

During the months of January and February, Wicked Local papers asked their readers to nominate their local favorites in more than 75 categories.

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| Posted On Apr 30, 2015 | By:

Survivorship…The Journey

The Department of Hematology and Oncology of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Kenmore and the Atrius Health Foundation are pleased to offer a three-part series called Survivorship … The Journey.

These classes were created for those currently in cancer treatment, those soon to complete treatment or those who have completed their treatment. This interactive educational series will explore mind-body techniques for coping, as well as guidelines for exercise and nutrition for cancer survivors.

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| Posted On Apr 03, 2015 | By:

Department of Transportation (DOT) CDL Physical Exams

As of May 21, 2014, all commercial drivers are required to have a physical exam performed by a Department of Transportation (DOT) Certified Medical Examiner. A routine physical performed by your primary care provider is no longer acceptable to meet DOT requirements.

We are pleased to announce that we offer these physicals at our Burlington and Kenmore (Boston) locations.

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| Posted On Mar 16, 2015 | By:

The PSA blood test for prostate cancer: When men need it—and when they don’t

For years, doctors have used a PSA blood test to screen men for prostate cancer. The test measures a protein made by the prostate gland, called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA).

But the PSA test can do more harm than good. Here’s why:

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| Posted On Mar 10, 2015 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Kim

In July 2014, Kim met with Heather Gangloff, her physician assistant (PA), for what was supposed to be a routine physical exam. But after feeling something unusual in Kim’s abdomen, Heather suggested that she see a gynecologist and promptly scheduled an appointment. Just two days later, Kim found herself in Dr. Farah Shafi’s office to discuss the results of an ultrasound.

Kim knew Dr. Shafi. Two years prior, an ultrasound revealed four non-cancerous fibroids that Kim and Dr.

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| Posted On Mar 05, 2015 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Shannon

When Shannon and her wife, Jess, decided to have a baby, Shannon knew she would require help getting pregnant but found that bringing a bundle of joy into their lives was far from easy.

Shannon’s Harvard Vanguard primary care physician, Dr. Mahmooda Qureshi, suggested she meet with Dr. Christine Skiadas, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, to guide her through the process of conceiving.

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| Posted On Mar 04, 2015 | By:

Treating frequent headaches with pain relievers. When you need them—and when you don’t

Many people suffer from frequent, severe headaches, including migraines. These headaches need careful treatment, with a focus on prevention. Talk to your doctor about ways to prevent and treat your headaches.

  • Limit use of over-the-counter pain drugs. If you are taking them more than two days a week, cut back.
  • Avoid using prescription drugs containing opioids or butalbital, except as a last resort.

It is easy to use too much pain medicine.

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| Posted On Dec 17, 2014 | By:

Want to keep that New Year’s resolution? We may have a way…

“Beginning January 1st, I will exercise every day and eliminate fast food from my diet.” Does that sound familiar?   With the start of 2015 around the corner and all of its promises for a new beginning, this is the time of year when many people start to think about their New Year’s resolutions. Whether your plan is to be more active, eat healthy foods, stop smoking, de-stress or get more sleep, they all can have positive effects on your health.

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| Posted On Dec 04, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Paul

Paul has encountered quite a few bumps in the road on his journey toward getting healthy.

Paul led an active life. He traveled the world; he ran marathons. Although he’ll be the first to admit he wasn’t the fastest, he can boast completing 16 of them, including the Berlin Marathon the year the Wall came down and the hometown favorite, the Boston Marathon. He also participated in triathlons and charity bike rides like the Pan Mass Challenge and the Tour de Cure for diabetes.

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