| Posted On May 14, 2015 | By:

The Top 6 Issues Women Bring to Their Doctor

At the recent bi-annual Women’s Health Forum hosted by the Mass Health Council, I was asked to review the top five health issues that women bring to me as their primary care physician. I couldn’t narrow it down to only five, so I came up with six – here they are!

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| Posted On Nov 20, 2014 | By:

Anxiety in Overdrive

If a world existed where we all happily chilled on a beach day in and day out, we would probably never feel anxious, but we would also never get anything done. The reality is that many of us have a lot to do each day, and a little anxiety can sometimes motivate us to get it done.

However, there is a fine line between anxiety pushing you to meet or exceed the demands on your plate and being so anxious about them that you cannot work efficiently,

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| Posted On Oct 29, 2012 | By:

Feeling SAD? It’s That Time of The Year

Do you feel like your energy level declines significantly and you have the urge to sleep more starting in the late fall?  Or do you feel irritable or blue, or crave sweets and gain weight like clockwork starting every year around this time?  If so, you probably suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition that affects millions worldwide.  It is especially prevalent in individuals who live in northern latitudes, and tends to affect women and children more than men.

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| Posted On Mar 23, 2012 | By:

Moo-ving to plain white milk in Watertown

Pediatricians Dan Slater, Kathy Mitchell and Julie Stepanian from Harvard Vanguard in Watertown conducted two Milk Awareness Day assemblies at the Lowell Elementary School on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.  The purpose of the assemblies was to teach children the benefits of drinking plain white milk.  The doctors explained that chocolate and strawberry milk contain double the amount of sugar of plain white milk.  While flavored milk can be a special treat,

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| Posted On Feb 28, 2012 | By:

More reasons to drink your milk!

It’s winter in New England, and even though the snow has been elusive, shorter days and more indoor time can put children at risk for vitamin D deficiency.

What is Vitamin D?  Vitamin D is one of the four fat-soluble vitamins (the other three are A, E, and K) available in our diet, which means they can be stored in our bodies and used over time. However, vitamin D is unique since it also behaves like a hormone in the body,

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| Posted On Jul 19, 2011 | By:

Answers to some Common Questions about Health Screening Tests

I’m healthy and scheduled a checkup.  What “routine” blood tests do I need?

Surprisingly, few blood tests are recommended on a “routine” or screening basis.  Everyone should have their cholesterol levels (a “lipid profile”) checked at least every five years, even if it’s normal.  Your doctor or nurse will request that you do this fasting, meaning nothing to eat or drink for about 8-12 hours beforehand  (water, black coffee,

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| Posted On May 23, 2011 | By:

Osteoporosis: What you need to know to protect your bones

There was a time when osteoporosis was viewed as a normal consequence of aging – not much was in our control and this “silent” disease would go undetected until a painful bone fracture or break occurred.

Decades of research have taught us much about this disease.  And while osteoporosis prevention should begin in childhood, there are steps you can take – at any age – to ensure your bones last a lifetime.

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