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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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| Posted On Jul 12, 2021 | By:

Contraceptive Failure? Your Emergency Contraception Options

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

Q: Dear Dr. Stefansson – I am freaking out. The condom ripped the other night during sex. Right now is not a good time for a pregnancy. Help! – “NotReady”

A: Dear “NotReady,” oh goodness! You experienced what is called a “contraceptive failure.” This happens when the birth control you are using literally fails you in your efforts not to procreate.

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| Posted On Jun 30, 2021 | By:

Men’s Health: Prioritizing Wellness

June is Men’s Health Month – an opportunity to raise awareness around the importance of prioritizing wellness and healthy habits. Over the past 16 months, many of us have put medical visits and routine care on the backburner. As we move into a new and brighter phase, this is a great time to check in with your own personal prevention and health maintenance plans and get back on track with your goals. Let’s take a moment to review some key health considerations for men and consider some actions to ensure ongoing wellness.

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| Posted On Jun 17, 2021 | By:

You’re Tracking Everything Else, Why Not Your Fertility?

So many people I know are tracking step counts, sleep cycles, nutrients and what they eat, heart rates, and more. However, most of the women I talk with have never learned that their bodies have observable, trackable signs of fertility. There is so much more than just the date of the last menstrual period. Knowing and using these signs can help women and their partners either avoid or achieve pregnancy, no added chemicals needed! Tracking these signs can also help women notice changes in their health earlier and seek care if needed.

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| Posted On Jun 08, 2021 | By:

How to Choose the Best Sunscreen to Protect Your Skin

As summer approaches and the weather warms up, many people will be spending more time outdoors. Although getting outside and staying active is good for your health, it’s important to be careful of long-term sun exposure, which can lead to a common yet dangerous type of skin cancer called melanoma. Luckily, one of the best ways to protect yourself from melanoma is to simply wear sunscreen and reapply throughout the day.

Sunscreen use is extremely important regardless of gender,

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