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| Posted On Nov 05, 2021 | By:

What to Know About Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common, uncomfortable infections that can happen in any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Anyone can develop a UTI, but they are more common in women. About one in five women will experience a UTI in their lifetime, and many will have repeat infections. Although symptoms are often uncomfortable, several treatment options are available to speed recovery and prevent future infections.

Some women are at a higher risk of developing a UTI,

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| Posted On Oct 12, 2021 | By:

Head Lice: How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent Further Spread

As children have returned to in-person learning and sports, cases of head lice become even more common. Head lice are tiny parasitic insects that feed on human blood and cling to the scalp and neck. Each louse is only about the size of a sesame seed and is tan, grey, or brown. Lice lay light, pale eggs (nits) on hairs near the scalp that are held together with a glue-like substance. Although lice cannot fly,

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| Posted On Oct 05, 2021 | By:

Seasonal Yard Work: Preventing Back Pain

As the seasons change, many people here in New England are dusting off their rakes and snow shovels in anticipation of the cooler weather. While often an inevitable part of home maintenance, the repetitive bending and lifting involved in seasonal yard work can lead to muscle strain or can exacerbate chronic back pain.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe and injury-free while you spruce up your outdoor space.

Don’t forget to stretch

Like any physical activity,

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| Posted On Sep 30, 2021 | By:

Tinnitus: Why Your Ears Are Ringing

If you’ve ever attended a concert or been exposed to loud noises, chances are you’ve experienced ringing, buzzing, or clicking in your ears afterward. Medically known as tinnitus, this common condition can be annoying or frustrating, but it is luckily not life-threatening. Around 10% of Americans have experienced some form of tinnitus for at least 5 minutes in the last year, so it’s important to recognize the symptoms and understand your treatment options.

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| Posted On Sep 15, 2021 | By:

Introducing the COVID-19 SMART Health Card: Online Proof of Vaccination

As some retail, entertainment and travel destinations are beginning to require customers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or show a negative COVID-19 test), having a safe and portable way to show proof of vaccination is becoming increasingly important.

Atrius Health is pleased to announce the COVID-19 “SMART Health Card,” which allows for a digital or printable version of your COVID-19 vaccination or testing information. Patients can now access a copy of their COVID-19 record and easily share their vaccination and testing information with others by using a QR code on their mobile device or printing a copy from their medical record.

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| Posted On Sep 14, 2021 | By:

Your Teen’s First Visit to the Gynecologist

Dr. Lilja Stefansson, OBGYN at Atrius Health, answers sensitive questions with straightforward answers.

Dear Dr. Stefansson, my daughter is 13 years old and recently started her period. When does she need to have her first gynecology visit? – GrowingUp2Fast

Dear GrowingUp2Fast, this is an excellent question, and I wish I heard it more often! The adolescent years can be a challenging time where our kids are “not really children,

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| Posted On Sep 09, 2021 | By:

Psoriasis: Know the Symptoms, Triggers, and Treatments

Psoriasis is a common chronic skin disease that affects more than 8 million Americans. It is characterized by red, itchy, and scaly patches on the knees, elbows, back, and scalp. Psoriasis runs on a cycle, with flare-ups usually occurring for a few weeks or months at a time. Although there is no cure for psoriasis, there are various treatments and lifestyle changes to manage symptoms and reduce the severity of flare-ups.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Symptoms of psoriasis differ case-by-case,

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| Posted On Aug 10, 2021 | By:

Supporting Your Child’s Transition Back to School

Back to school means new teachers, subjects, and classmates, as well as a chance for kids to start fresh after a restful summer off. And while the start of any school year can provoke a level of anxiety for students, the return to in-person learning after over a year of virtual or hybrid schooling models can be nerve-wracking or expose signs of separation anxiety.

During this transition, it’s important to acknowledge your child’s anxieties and set them up for a successful return to the classroom.

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| Posted On Aug 06, 2021 | By:

The Importance of Flu Vaccination in the Midst of COVID-19

Although much of our medical news these days is focused on COVID-19, its Delta variant, and the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, we are quickly approaching the time of year when we have to prepare for the emergence of another virus: influenza, aka “the flu.” The flu season usually begins in October and lasts through March or April. Last year – with strict masking policies, social distancing requirements, hand washing practices,

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| Posted On Jul 14, 2021 | By:

Feeling the Heat? Tips to Stay Safe and Cool!

With summer in full swing, New Englanders know to anticipate hot temperatures and the occasional heatwave. Although this is a great time to get outdoors, it’s critical to stay safe while temperatures rise. Heat-related illnesses – heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke – can have dangerous implications if left untreated. Learning to identify these illnesses and tips to avoid them can help keep you and your family healthy and cool this summer.

 

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