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Millennials are now more at risk for colon cancer. But should they be screened for it?

Posted on March 23, 2017

Millennials are now more at risk for colon cancer. But should they be screened for it? By Brian Clark, MD Gastroenterology in Stoneham, Mass. In recent decades, more young people have developed colon and rectal cancers than before. The rate of colon cancer found in those ages 20-29 rose up to 2.4 percent per year […]

David Miller, MD, is a neurologist who sees epilepsy patients in Stoneham, MA

What causes epilepsy, and can seizures be stopped?

Posted on March 6, 2017

What causes epilepsy, and can seizures be stopped? By David Miller, MD Neurology in Stoneham, Mass. Epilepsy can be unpredictable. Some of my patients have multiple seizures every day, while others go years without having a seizure, only to have one out of the blue. Obviously this is frustrating for people with epilepsy and their […]

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How radiation therapy works, and how we’re making it better

Posted on January 25, 2017

By Phillip Gray, M.D. Hallmark Health Center for Radiation Oncology in Stoneham, Mass. I get many questions about radiation therapy from cancer patients and their families. How does it work? Is it safe? Why does it take so many treatments? And what are we doing to make the process easier? First off, it’s good to […]

Dr. Jennifer Powell

Overcoming language, cultural barriers in health care

Posted on January 10, 2017

By Jennifer Powell, D.O. Family Medicine in Malden, MA   Patients need to feel comfortable talking openly about their health for doctors to provide care that gets to the root of the problem.  However, that requires a lot of trust.  We have to show patients that we really want to get to know them. That […]

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Hypnobirthing: Pain relief through the power of the mind

Posted on November 1, 2016

Hypnobirthing: Pain relief through the power of the mind By Matthias Muenzer, M.D. Ob/Gyn and Women’s Health in Medford & Melrose, MA I often see women who are worried about giving birth. Friends and relatives tell them stories about labor that drags on and on for hours, with almost unbearable pain. There’s no way around […]

Dr. Phillip Gray

Community cancer centers: advanced care near home

Posted on October 25, 2016

By Phillip Gray, M.D. Hallmark Health Center for Radiation Oncology in Stoneham, Mass. Those of us who live in Boston can consider ourselves lucky that we’re located near some of the best research hospitals in the world. Clinical trials and doctors with the expertise to treat patients with rare cancers are right here. But if […]

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Birth control and cancer: Can oral contraceptives prevent ovarian cancer?

Posted on September 13, 2016

Does birth control reduce the risk of ovarian cancer? Dr. Muenzer discusses two major preventive methods — birth control & tubal reduction.

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What Boston women need to know about Zika virus

Posted on September 6, 2016

By Matthias Muenzer, M.D. Ob/Gyn and Women’s Health in Medford & Melrose, MA Sept. 6, 2016 update: A few things have developed with Zika virus in the United States and Massachusetts since I shared my original blog post below in July 2016. Massachusetts has the fifth highest number of Zika cases in the nation. And […]

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No more breast stress: What you need to know about breast pain

Posted on August 30, 2016

By Vicki MacLean, N.P. Melrose & Wakefield – Women’s Health – Breast Surgery Tingling, burning, zinging, tender — these are just some of the words my patients use to describe breast pain, a common condition in women of all ages. By the time they come to see me in my Melrose office, most women have […]

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Fight the bite: Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases

Posted on August 23, 2016

By Edward Butler, M.D., Traveler’s Health and Infectious Disease Services at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose Wakefield Hospital You may not see them. But they’re out there. Ixodes scapularis, more commonly known as the deer tick, is a parasite that lives on many animals in Massachusetts and throughout New England. Ticks carry a host […]

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How we are winning the fight against cervical cancer

Posted on August 16, 2016

By Matthias Muenzer, M.D. Medford & Melrose OB/GYN One of the reasons I decided to become an OB/GYN is because I like making complicated things simple. That’s important when treating complex conditions such as cervical cancer.  It’s important for women to understand where we started regarding treatment and prevention, where we are, and how they […]

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Rest is best: Get the right amount of sleep for good health

Posted on August 9, 2016

By Gary Pransky, M.D. Winthrop – Family medicine This might sound familiar: You wake up late because you overslept. You rush to get ready, drive to work with your head still in a fog, and load up on coffee before and after lunch just to make it through the day. You have trouble concentrating and […]

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You’re in control: Know the facts about your birth control options

Posted on August 2, 2016

Unintended pregnancy can make life complicated. Kathleen Ammon shares a few of the most popular birth control options available.

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How to handle bad news from your doctor

Posted on July 26, 2016

By Matthias Muenzer, M.D. Medford and Melrose OB/GYN It’s almost inevitable that at some point you’ll have to deal with bad news or a scary diagnosis from a doctor. While it’s easy to read articles offering “tips for dealing with bad news,” when you get that news and you’re scared, all that advice can fly […]

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3 reasons why unplanned pregnancy rates are falling

Posted on July 19, 2016

By Kathleen Ammon, N.P. Women’s health nurse practitioner in Malden, MA It may surprise you to learn that nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. However, a March 2016 study showed the rate of unintended pregnancies dropped to the lowest level in the past 30 years. In 2008, 51 percent of pregnancies […]

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