Congratulations to our 2014 Reader’s Choice Winners

2014 Reader's ChoiceHarvard Vanguard Medical Associates is very proud to announce that several of our practices and doctors – as well as several of the other Atrius Health medical groups – have been recognized on Wicked Local’s 2014 Reader’s Choice awards lists in their various communities.

During the months of January and February, Wicked Local papers asked their readers to nominate their local favorites in more than 75 categories. Hundreds of thousands of votes were cast to select the top choices in each community. For the category “Doctor/Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician,” nominations were open-ended, and people could enter an individual doctor’s name or the broader practice name.

Award Winners: Doctor/Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician Continue reading

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Better Care for a Better Life: Erick

at graduationWhile at Disney World for his brother’s wedding in December 2012, Erick noticed that the rides’ seat belts fit snugly around his waist.

With a family history of diabetes and obesity, this was the final push Erick needed. He realized that it was time to take control of his health or face a myriad of health problems later in life. Continue reading

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Flying Doctors of America Mission to Jordan

Eileen Granahan in JordanOn June 13, 2014, my medical team with Flying Doctors of America flew from the comforts of our homes to meet in Amman, Jordan. There we began our medical mission to help Syrian refugees. The team included doctors, nurses, dentists, engineers, physical therapists, and other volunteers from all over the United States. We also had a social worker who specializes in post-traumatic stress, since the children had left a war zone. My son, who is an engineer, joined me again on this trip as he has in the past, volunteering his vacation time to this mission. Continue reading

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Flying in Pregnancy: What Every Woman Needs to Know!

pregnancy and airline travelNow that it’s summertime, it’s also vacation time! But what if you are pregnant?! Will that bun in the oven prevent you from jet-setting around the world?  The good news is that, for most women, occasional travel is okay if you are experiencing a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy.  (However, if there is any question, please speak with your clinician.)

Here are some things you need to know to keep you and the baby safe: Continue reading

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Harvard Vanguard Pharmacy Over-the-Counter Product List

pill organizer.shutterstock_100441759Did you know that your Harvard Vanguard pharmacy carries a variety of commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) products at low prices?

The following is a list of OTCs that all Harvard Vanguard pharmacies carry. Each Harvard Vanguard pharmacy carries numerous additional products not listed here. Please contact any of our pharmacy locations directly to inquire about the availability of products not on this list.  And keep checking our web page for new updates to this list. Continue reading

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July 4th Holiday Hours Notice

July 4 fireworksOn Friday, July 4, 2014, Harvard Vanguard practices will be CLOSED except for Braintree, Kenmore, and Somerville, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care visits during the times listed below.

If you feel you need medical advice or think you may need to be seen, call your doctor’s office at any time, day or night. Your call will be directed to our 24/7 medical staff and triaged as needed. Should you need an appointment, they can schedule one for you.

As always, if you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency access number. Continue reading

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The Oncology Department at Kenmore Gets a Modern, New Space

Waiting AreaThe Harvard Vanguard Oncology Department has always provided superb hematologic and oncologic care for patients faced with what is often the greatest health challenge of their lives. The department now has a new facility that matches the quality of care it has always provided.

Planning for the new space, located in our Kenmore practice, began in 2011 and involved a great deal of direct patient input.  Continue reading

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Ten Reasons to Take a Childbirth Class

childbirth classWith the many free ways to get information nowadays, spending money and devoting time to taking a childbirth class might seem unnecessary.  Here are 10 reasons that might change your mind. Continue reading

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Plantar Fasciitis

plantar fasciitisWhen the first few steps out of bed in the morning cause severe pain in the heel of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tiss). Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and is an overuse injury affecting the sole (plantar) of the foot. A diagnosis of plantar fasciitis means you have inflamed the tough, fibrous band of tissue (fascia) that connects your heel bone (calcaneus) to the base of your toes.

For most people, the pain you feel first thing in the morning will subside as the day goes on because the act of walking stretches the fascia. In severe cases, and for those who stand all day, the pain may become worse as the day goes on. Continue reading

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Five Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

prenatal yogaMany woman look for a way to relax and stay fit during pregnancy. The age-old practice of yoga can keep you limber, tone your muscles, and improve your balance and circulation with little, if any, impact on your joints.

A typical prenatal yoga class focuses on practicing different breathing techniques as well as gentle stretching of different areas of your body such as the neck and arms.

Below are five benefits that a woman can receive from taking prenatal yoga classes. Continue reading

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