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Four things to know about West Nile Virus

Posted on August 31, 2018

Recently a mosquito infected with West Nile Virus was discovered in Medford, and several people in Massachusetts have been diagnosed with the disease. For nearly two decades, West Nile Virus has been endemic to New England and cases typically develop during the late summer and early fall. Edward Butler, MD, an infectious diseases specialist with […]

Letter to the editor: Thank you to Dr. Pransky and staff

Posted on July 30, 2018

Dear Editor: Moving to a new town and having a second child on the way, I really wanted to make sure that my family would be well cared for. I have now been here 37 years and am thrilled to say that I’ve been fortunate enough to go to the same doctor’s office this whole […]

Hypertension

Posted on June 1, 2018

Dr. Davis Bu, internal medicine, discusses hypertension, or high blood pressure, in this episode of Health Minute. Dr. Bu discusses the new hypertension guidelines as well as risk factors and treatment options.

Seasonal affective disorder

Posted on February 5, 2018

Dr. Alla Goldburt, a family medicine physician with Hallmark Health Medical Associates, discusses causes, triggers and treatment options for seasonal affective disorder.

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5 things about asthma in the winter

Posted on January 17, 2018

Winter is a time to hunker down inside, a time to catch up on books you’ve been meaning to read or binge-watch shows you felt too guilty to watch when the weather was warm. But Dr. Jingli Ma, a pulmonologist at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, said it’s also prime time for asthma flare-ups. Here are five things […]

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7 tips to manage seasonal allergy symptoms

Posted on August 18, 2017

Allergies can make even the nicest day feel miserable. Use these tips to feel better during allergy season.

Tips to talk with teens about their bodies

3 tips for parents to talk with tweens and teens about their bodies

Posted on July 14, 2017

The teen years are a period of intense physical, mental and emotional growth. How to build trust between teens and their parents and doctor.

Bariatric surgery isn’t ‘cheating,’ and other weight loss facts

Posted on June 12, 2017

Weight loss with bariatric surgery is effective, but it takes dedication. Learn about surgical and non-surgical weight loss options in Medford.

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Can marijuana use during pregnancy harm a baby?

Posted on May 16, 2017

By Crystal Grimes, NP, APN, MSN, Obstetrics & Gynecology Nurse Practitioner in Revere, Mass. Many women don’t think using marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding is a big deal, but early studies show it can harm baby.

Marijuana is a hot topic, as new debates about its safety and legalization crop up every week. I have conversations with my patients every day about marijuana use during pregnancy.

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

Posted on March 23, 2017

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 from the mid-1980s through 2013, while the rate of rectal cancer among that age group rose […]

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

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 families. So, it’s probably no surprise that one […]

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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

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 it: Labor and delivery can be painful. However, it […]

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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