| Posted On Jun 04, 2018 | By:

Vaping: 5 Things Parents Need to Know

In the past 40 years, teens’ use of cigarettes has undergone a sharp decline, from nearly 30% of all high schools seniors smoking daily to about 4% today (we wish it were zero, but…) This trend has come about through a concerted effort to increase public health awareness and education on the dangers of cigarettes. When you ask teens about cigarettes, most will easily cite the downsides: the cancer-causing tar, the taste, the smell, the addictive force of the nicotine.

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| Posted On Mar 09, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Urges Quick Passage of Omnibus Tobacco Bill

As a member of Tobacco Free Mass, a coalition of various organizations throughout the state advocating for stricter controls of tobacco products in the state, Atrius Health applauds members of the Joint Committee on Public Health who recently released a comprehensive tobacco bill (S 2152).

The bill, which includes components of eight tobacco bills filed this session, builds on actions already taken at the local level across many Massachusetts communities.

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| Posted On Feb 18, 2016 | By:

Heart Health and You

February is all about the heart – and we’re not only talking about Valentine’s Day. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, making “Heart Month” the ideal time to help raise awareness for this serious yet treatable epidemic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. That’s one in every four deaths.

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| Posted On Nov 19, 2015 | By:

I think I can, I think I can…Quit Smoking for Good

If you are a smoker, you have no doubt been urged countless times by your doctor, spouse, neighbor or even strangers, to kick the habit – with good reason. Smoking is a dangerous addiction that harms nearly every organ in the body and is a main cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It can also lead to heart disease and stroke as well as other cancers and diseases. Every year close to half a million people in the United States will die from tobacco use and exposure to second hand smoke.

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| Posted On Sep 16, 2015 | By:

E-cigarettes and Kids: A Harmful Combination

Despite very successful anti-tobacco campaigns over the past several years that have greatly diminished cigarette use among tweens and teens, e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products are rising quickly in popularity. In 2014, survey results found more teens used e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes: 9% of 8th graders, 16% of 10th graders, and 17% of 12th graders used e-cigarettes, compared to 4%, 7%, and 14% for regular cigarettes, respectively.

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| Posted On Jan 07, 2014 | By:

Keep that Resolution to Quit Smoking

About half of all Americans will make at least one New Year’s resolution, and one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to quit smoking.

I can tell you that this will be one of the best resolutions you can make for yourself.  If you need a little extra motivation, and maybe to allay some reservations you have, here are answers to a few commonly asked questions I get from my patients regarding quitting smoking.

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| Posted On Jan 07, 2013 | By:

Should I Be Worried About Breast Pain?

Breast pain, or mastalgia, is very common. Research indicates that nearly 70% of women will experience breast pain at some point in their lives. Breast pain can occur at all ages and stages of life, although it is most commonly seen in women entering the peri-menopausal phase.

Breast pain is rarely a symptom of breast cancer. While the exact cause of breast pain is not known, many of the factors likely center around hormonal fluctuations. 

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| Posted On Nov 15, 2011 | By:

What is COPD?

Are you a smoker?  Do you feel you cannot be as active as you used to be?  Do you get short of breath when you do something strenuous?  Do you cough every morning?  Do you get frequent episodes of coughing illnesses during the winter?  These may be the early signs of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease or COPD, a progressive but treatable lung disease.  

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| Posted On May 27, 2011 | By:

Do you know if you have high blood pressure? You should.

It seems like every month is an awareness month, and May is no exception.  This month is Hypertension Awareness Month.  Although that’s not something that rolls off the tongue too easily, I feel it’s so important for everybody to understand it. 

So, if you are 18 or older, or know or care about someone who is 18 or older, listen up!  Give me ten minutes of your time – you may help save a life. 

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