| Posted On Apr 01, 2016 | By:

Fertility Does Decline with Age…but There Are Options

I recently had a conversation with my 90-year-old grandmother—who had given birth to 4 children between the ages of 23 and 30 years old. She asked me what the average age of my patients was. When I replied that the average age was 37, her surprised response back to me was, “You can help a 37 year old get pregnant?!” Thankfully, the answer is a resounding yes!

As a fertility doctor,

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| 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 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 29, 2015 | By:

Men and the Doctor’s Office

I’ve learned over the years that men, generally speaking, are not big fans of coming to see their clinician. As the prostate exam in particular has been a common source for sitcom material, we find we have to do a lot of encouraging with men of all ages!

But I have good news: what we test, how we test and how often we test have changed. I’ve listed some key areas of men’s health and our current thinking about the approach to screening and care.

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| Posted On Feb 26, 2015 | By:

Common Questions About Vasectomy

Dr. Michael C. Lee, a Harvard Vanguard urologist who practices at our Kenmore and Chestnut Hill/West Roxbury locations, answers common questions men and couples ask him about having a vasectomy.

What is a vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a simple, safe surgical procedure for male sterilization and/or a method of permanent birth control. The procedure, which only takes about 15 minutes,

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| Posted On Jan 06, 2015 | By:

Cardiac Arrhythmia: Premature Heartbeats

A cardiac arrhythmia happens when your heart is beating (or contracting) in an irregular pattern. At one time or another, you’ve probably learned to place your fingers gently against your carotid artery in your neck to feel your pulse or heart beating. Usually, you can feel a steady pattern of beats as you count. But if you have an arrhythmia, the pulse or rhythm of your heart may be unpredictable or too fast or too slow.

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| Posted On Dec 18, 2014 | By:

What’s that Red Bump? 6 Things You Should Know about Rashes

Chances are that your child will develop at least one mysterious bump, welt or break-out in his or her childhood. While common, rashes may not be always benign. It’s a good idea to ask your child’s pediatrician to look at a rash and determine whether treatment (or just observation) is necessary.

Usually, nothing is better than seeing the rash up close and in person; however, I can get clues over the phone to help me determine the possible cause and significance of a rash.

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| Posted On Dec 02, 2014 | By:

Tantrums

Throwing a tantrum is a very normal part of childhood development if it occurs when it’s supposed to. Not all kids will tantrum, but if they do, it typically occurs between 15 months to 3 years of age.  A tantrum is defined as a child reacting emotionally to something he wants and cannot have – it’s associated with screaming, crying, throwing things, biting, and/or hitting. More “exuberant” behavior is when a child throws himself on the floor,

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| Posted On Nov 13, 2014 | By:

Diaphragmatic Breathing: A Technique to Release Stress

Stress, either to mind or body – a deadline at work, a very bad headache, presenting to a crowd,  chronic pain – often causes very physical reactions: your muscles tense and can even cramp, your heart rate rises, you cannot easily concentrate, and often your breathing becomes faster and shallower.

Diaphragmatic breathing is a style of breathing that can release stress from your body, helping you to calm, relax, and ultimately feel better. 

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| Posted On Oct 23, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: John

John crossed the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon in 4 hours and 32 minutes, but his journey actually started a year earlier.

Hoping to get out of Boston ahead of Marathon and Red Sox traffic to coach lacrosse in Wayland, John, General Counsel for The Life is good Company, left the company’s Boylston Street office just after 2:30 p.m. on April 15, 2013. He was strolling down Boylston Street to get his car from a parking garage when the first bomb went off.

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