For the third year in a row, the John Hancock Non-Profit Boston Marathon Program has awarded 4 of its coveted entry number “bibs” to the Atrius Health Foundation. Once again, we have selected 4 enthusiastic runners – all first time marathoners – each of whom has made commitment to raise a minimum of $6,000 for the Atrius Health Foundation before the Boston Marathon starting gun goes off on Monday, April 21st, 2014. We hope that you can support their efforts! Continue reading
Migraine attacks can last for hours—or even days. They can cause intense pain, nausea, and vomiting. They can make you sensitive to light or noise, and they can affect your life and work.
To treat migraines, you may get a prescription for an opioid (narcotic) or a barbiturate (sedative) called butalbital. These are pain medicines. But you should think twice about using these drugs. Here’s why: Continue reading
Posted in Neurology, Primary Care
Tagged ABIM, acetaminophen, Advil, Aleve, American Academy of Neurology, aspirin, butalbital, caffeine, Choosing Wisel, Consumer Reports, Excedrin, Fioricet, Fiorinal, headache, headache medicine, ibuprofen, Imitrex, medication overuse headache, migraine headcahe, migraine triggers, migraines, Migranal, MOH, opioid use, Opioids, pain medication, pain medicine, Percocet, Vicodin
You’re having a baby – congratulations! This is such an exciting time, but it can also be stressful for new expectant parents.
That’s why Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates is partnering with Babies R Us/Toys R Us to provide free, hour-long parenting classes that are open to the public. Classes include:
- Baby Basics: routine care for new parents such as bathing, swaddling, changing diapers and more.
- Breastfeeding: the basics of breastfeeding such as how to get the baby to latch, how often you need to feed the baby and more.
- Choke Saving and Safety: you’ll learn common choking hazards and how to prevent them, basics of the Heimlich maneuver and other safety tips for the home.
Harvard Vanguard pediatricians as well as our health education staff will be teaching these classes. You can sign up for classes in the store. The schedule for December is: Continue reading
Posted in News & Info, Pediatrics
Tagged baby, Braintree, breastfeeding, changing diapers, Chestnut Hill, choke-saving, chokling, Dedham, first aid, health classes, health education, new parent guide, new parent support, new parents, Peabody, swaddling, West Roxbury
For the first time in 15 years, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued new regulations that should improve nutrition in school lunches. Although these regulations ensure that our kids are eating healthier at lunch than in the past, the SMArt kids and their families learned at this month’s SMArt Kids shared medical appointment (SMA) that there is more we can and should do.
This point especially came to light when we reviewed various local school lunch menus. We highlighted a lot of nutritious options, but many menus still carried unwholesome items such as chicken patties, “ultimate nachos” and tacos laden with high fat beef. It takes willpower to make the best choice, not to mention fortitude to resist the peer pressure from friends in line.
One solution: bring lunch from home. Brown bagging it may be the way to go! Continue reading
On this Thursday, November 28th, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the Thanksgiving Day holiday except for those practices listed below, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care appointments. If you feel you need medical advice or think that 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. If it is determined that you need an urgent care appointment, the medical staff can schedule an appointment for you.
As always, if you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency access number. Continue reading
If you’ve recently had an appointment with a Harvard Vanguard clinician, either for a scheduled visit or for urgent care, you may have received a follow-up survey by mail or email asking for your feedback on that visit.
Did you complete the survey? We hope so!
We believe that high-quality healthcare should combine high-quality medical expertise with a positive and satisfying experience for our patients. Both of these aspects foster respect and trust, build a strong relationship between our clinicians and our patients, and (we believe) make it easier for our patients to be healthier. Continue reading
Posted in Patient Experience
Tagged customer satisfaction, customer service, healthcare experience, healthcare quality, online survey, patient experience, patient satisfaction, patient survey, Press Ganey, Press Ganey survey, service excellence, survey
Understanding how to properly take your medications is so important to your health, but many people – estimates are between 33% and 50% of people who take medication regularly – do not take them safely and properly, leading to additional labs or doctor’s visits, medical complications, and even hospitalizations, all at an additional cost.
To ensure you take your medications correctly and receive the maximum health benefit from taking those medicines, here are some things you should do – think of them as your “roadmap to medication success.” Continue reading
Posted in Medication, Pharmacy
Tagged medication, medication adherence, medication list, medication safety, medicine, pharmacist, pharmacy, pills, proper use of medication, taking medicine safely
We all know it’s good to eat more fiber. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t get anywhere near the recommended 30 grams of fiber each day. In fact, the average intake is only around 10-15 grams per day for most of us. To help inch us closer to our goal, food manufacturers have started adding fiber to anything and everything. It’s now in yogurt, cottage cheese, breakfast bars, and even some beverages, and of course, it’s long been in fiber supplements like Metamucil or Benefiber. So does it matter where or what form your fiber is in? Or is all fiber the same? Continue reading
Posted in Nutrition
Tagged chicory root extract, dahlia extract, digestive problems, eating well, fiber, fiber additives, fiber supplements, gas and bloating, GI upset, health information, healthy eating, healthy eating habits, healthy lifestyle, high fiber, high fiber diet, insoluble fiber, inulin, natural fiber, prebiotic, soluble fiber, weight management
As we move closer to cold and flu season, it’s important to learn if you are at increased risk of getting the flu. People of certain ages or with specific conditions, such as pregnant women and small children, fall into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s category of people at high-risk for developing flu-related complications.
Recently, Dr. Ben Kruskal, Chief of Infectious Disease at Harvard Vanguard, participated in a live chat on Boston.com to help readers learn more about how to treat, manage and prevent the cold and flu. Below are some of the most important questions Dr. Kruskal received from readers and his insights. Continue reading
Posted in Pediatrics, Primary Care
Tagged bsoton.com, cold symptoms, common cold, flu, flu shot, flu symptoms, flu vaccine, influenze, Lara Salahi, preganancy and flu, pregnancy and flu shot