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| Posted On Feb 24, 2022 | By:

Lifestyle Shared Medical Appointments For Weight Management

We are excited to let you know that the Atrius Health Department of Weight and Lifestyle Medicine is offering Virtual Lifestyle Medicine Shared Medical Appointments (SMA) every four weeks

SMAs are doctor-led visits (which means they are covered by insurance) that you have with other patients who have common health challenges. Patients learn from the healthcare team and from each other in this supportive and interactive environment.

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| Posted On Feb 09, 2022 | By:

Winter Woes: Preventing and Treating Dry Skin

Cold, dry winter weather is upon us in New England, and all the time spent outside in these frosty conditions can dry out your skin. It’s no secret that having itchy, rough skin that feels tight or cracks and bleeds can be extremely uncomfortable, if not downright painful. However, dry skin is easily treated and prevented once you know the signs, symptoms, and potential triggers.

Dry skin is incredibly common and can appear anywhere on your body.

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| Posted On Feb 08, 2022 | By:

Managing Heart Disease

Heart disease is a condition that affects your blood vessels and arteries, as well as your body’s ability to transport blood from your heart to other organs. As the leading cause of death in the United States, a heart disease diagnosis can feel scary and overwhelming.

The good news is that heart disease is manageable, and many people live healthy, full lives by making small but consistent lifestyle changes. If you’re concerned about heart disease,

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| Posted On Feb 04, 2022 | By:

Sleepless Nights: Healthy Ways to Conquer Insomnia

Difficulty sleeping, called insomnia, is a common and frustrating problem. If you’re not sleeping well at night, you will not be at your best during the daytime.

Insomnia makes everything worse. It can lead to fatigue, depression, anxiety, irritability, loss of memory, and poor concentration. It can also impair the immune system, leading to a broad range of medical problems. If people are sleep-deprived for several days, they can even develop hallucinations, paranoid thoughts,

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| Posted On Jan 18, 2022 | By:

Getting Your Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record

On Monday, January 10, Massachusetts introduced the “My Vax Records” tool. It allows residents to search the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) for their vaccine records. When the records are found, the tool generates a QR code to store on your phone, creating a digital COVID-19 vaccine “passport” to show when required (e.g., for indoor dining or travel). While the system has worked well for many, the state has provided some information and guidance to help should you find missing or incorrect information in the MIIS.

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| Posted On Jan 11, 2022 | By:

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: What’s the Difference?

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are often used interchangeably when discussing age-related memory loss. While Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia, the two are not the same. Knowing the difference and what to look for if you or a loved one starts experiencing memory loss is an important first step at ensuring you have the tools at your disposal to maintain a happy and healthy life.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term,

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| Posted On Jan 10, 2022 | By:

Expanded Weekday Adult Urgent Care

Atrius Health is pleased to share that we are expanding our weekday hours for adult urgent care to make access to care easier for you.

Our urgent care departments in Braintree, Norwood, Plymouth (Cordage Park) and Somerville now have extended weekday hours from 8:00am – 8:00pm, and we plan to extend the weekday hours at Kenmore (Boston) in the coming months.

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| Posted On Jan 04, 2022 | By:

Puberty in Boys: What to Expect

Puberty is the time when children transition—both physically and emotionally—into adulthood. For boys, this transition begins around age 9-14 and lasts throughout their teenage years. Puberty can be a challenging and confusing time for boys that causes many emotional and physical changes, but it can also be a time for growth and maturity.

Emotional changes

Puberty occurs when the hypothalamus, an area of the brain, begins to produce the hormone gonadotropin,

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| Posted On Dec 28, 2021 | By:

Tips for Weight Loss After Menopause

As we age, there are many positives to look forward to – you’re more in tune with your emotions, your self-esteem grows, and you’ve gained wisdom through your life experiences. Although there are many benefits to aging, weight gain can be an issue for many women as they enter menopause.

Menopause is defined as the time when a woman hasn’t had a menstrual period for 12 months. After those 12 months, a woman is considered postmenopausal.

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| Posted On Dec 08, 2021 | By:

Remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS), or Willis-Ekbom disease, is a sleep-related movement disorder that often causes an uncomfortable urge to move the legs. On average, 5-10 percent of people in the U.S. suffer from RLS.

Symptoms from RLS are most notable in the evening or when someone is lying down or attempting to rest. Since this is usually at nighttime, it can impact your ability to fall or stay asleep. Lack of sleep can negatively affect your quality of life,

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