Wellness Blog


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3 thumb-sucking and security blanket concerns that won’t hurt your kids

Posted on June 7, 2016

By Gary Pransky, M.D. Family Medicine and Geriatrics in Winthrop, MA “Stop it. That’s for babies!” I can’t tell you how many times in my 30 years as a doctor I’ve heard parents and caregivers say this to little ones who were sucking their thumbs or clutching security blankets. If you’re worried that thumb-sucking will cause long-term […]

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The lowdown on controlling your high blood pressure

Posted on May 31, 2016

By Madhavi Challagulla, M.D. Internal Medicine in Wilmington, MA About one out of every three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. That’s about 70 million people nationwide. A 2011 study by the Massachusetts Partnership for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention found nearly 30 percent of adults in […]

obesity; weight loss; Massachusetts

Obesity is not a new normal: My opinion on the ‘Biggest Loser’ article

Posted on May 24, 2016

The Biggest Loser winners nearly all regained the weight they lost. Are Americans really destined to get and stay fat? Dr. Muenzer shares why he doesn’t think so.

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The hidden dangers of tickborne diseases

Posted on May 17, 2016

By Edward Butler, M.D. Traveler’s Health and Infectious Disease Services at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose Wakefield Hospital Tickborne diseases, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, are a major concern for us here in Massachusetts and throughout New England. In particular, people who live in wooded areas, those who enjoy […]

Internal Medicine

A sober subject: The many challenges of alcoholism

Posted on May 10, 2016

By Madhavi Challagulla, M.D. Internal Medicine in Wilmington, MA Treating some conditions can be equally frustrating for patients and doctors. Alcoholism is one of those problems. In 2014, Massachusetts treatment facilities saw about 33,250 admissions for alcohol use treatment, according to the Massachusetts Department of Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. But this is just […]

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Fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and other conditions that aren’t ‘just in your head’

Posted on May 3, 2016

By Gary Pransky, M.D. Family Medicine & Geriatrics in Winthrop, MA Years ago, I saw a cartoon in the newspaper. A woman is on the phone with a doctor, saying, “My husband’s having chest pains. What do I do?” In the next frame, the doctor says, “He only thinks he’s having chest pains.” In the final […]

OB/GYN; women's health

HPV vaccine’s benefits too great to ignore

Posted on April 26, 2016

By May-Tal Sauerbrun, M.D. Medford and Malden OB/GYN I see a lot of teenage and young women in my OB/GYN practice. They and millions more across the country are at risk for contracting HPV, or human papillomavirus. In fact, about 79 million people in the United States have HPV, and many don’t even know they’re […]

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Mammogram guidelines: Which should women follow?

Posted on April 19, 2016

By Catherine Tucker, M.D. Medford and Stoneham – Surgical Oncology – Breast Surgery If you’re unsure about when you should get your first mammogram and how often you should get them, you’re not alone. Even the organizations responsible for setting those guidelines can’t agree. I’ve reviewed the guidelines as they’ve been updated over the years, […]

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Integrating the “M” words: Meditation and medicine

Posted on April 12, 2016

By Marie Angeli Adamczyk, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates If, along with giving you a prescription for medication, your doctor suggested you also try meditation, would you leave their office thinking they were crazy? Over the past years, I’ve paid close attention to the mounting research that has shown mindfulness meditation improves nearly every aspect […]

pregnancy, labor, delivery

Ready for labor and delivery? 3 frequently asked questions

Posted on April 5, 2016

By Parul Nagar, D.O. Hallmark Health Medical Associates You’re nearing the end of your pregnancy and heading into an exciting – albeit uncomfortable – time. You’re looking forward to seeing your new baby’s sweet face and finally holding that bundle of joy in your arms. You’ve been eating right, keeping physically active, and getting plenty […]

woman urinary incontinence

How we treat the 4 main types of urinary incontinence

Posted on March 29, 2016

By Roy Epstein, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates Do you scout out the bathrooms every time you enter a new building? Avoid road trips because it takes so long to get somewhere because you have to stop for bathroom breaks on the hour? Dread long work meetings because of the urge to “go”? I hear […]

Dr. Epstein women's health

Urinary incontinence is common, but doesn’t have to disrupt life

Posted on March 22, 2016

By Roy Epstein, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates Cough, sneeze, laugh, or move – don’t forget to cross your legs! If this is a daily occurrence in your life, you’re far from alone. Approximately 60 percent of women will experience some amount of bladder leakage – incontinence – in their lives. This problem is very […]

Dr. Adamczyk; Boston internist; Boston doctor

2 tips to help kids ‘self-soothe’ with meditation

Posted on March 15, 2016

By Marie Angeli Adamczyk, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates “Mooooom, Daaaaad, I can’t sleep!” If this is a nightly occurrence in your house, you likely react in one of these ways: Get up at all hours to comfort your child Get upset and yell Get in bed with your kid, or vice versa These scenarios […]

Not willing to get a colonoscopy? 2 other ways to catch colon cancer

Posted on March 1, 2016

By Brian Clark, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates Let’s face it: Some people will never get a colonoscopy. I could recite all the ways that colonoscopy protects you from colon cancer until I’m blue in the face, but for some, it won’t be convincing enough. Thankfully there are other options available. Colonoscopy is the gold […]

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Why all adults need a health care proxy

Posted on February 23, 2016

By Laura Carman, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates One of my patients who was in her 70s had a large tumor in her chest. It was almost surely cancer, but we weren’t 100 percent certain. She was becoming very short of breath and was getting confused. We had a decision to make: Put her on […]

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