Wellness Blog


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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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Tips to find a bra that fits – and boosts your health

Posted on July 5, 2016

By Vicki MacLean, N.P. Women’s health and breast surgery in Melrose & Wakefield What you wear can affect your health. And I’m not just talking about dressing properly for Boston weather. Women put on ill-fitting bras every day, and it’s causing back and breast pain, restricted breathing, headaches, and skin irritation. Surveys have shown anywhere […]

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3 tips to manage heartburn and GERD symptoms

Posted on June 28, 2016

By Richard Benetti, M.D. Preventive Medicine, Hypertension, and Diabetes Management in Malden and Stoneham, MA There’s nothing like heartburn to ruin your favorite meal. But for people who have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it’s more than an inconvenience – it interferes with their daily lives. It sometimes can be a challenge to treat […]

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GERD is the word: What is gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Posted on June 21, 2016

By Richard Benetti, M.D. Preventive Medicine, Hypertension, and Diabetes Management in Malden and Stoneham, MA Uh-oh — you knew you shouldn’t have eaten that extra-spicy burrito, but you just couldn’t resist. And now you’re paying for it. Your chest hurts, and your throat is burning and raw. It looks like it’s going to be a long […]

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Why are breast cancer rates so high in Malden and Medford?

Posted on June 14, 2016

By Catherine Tucker, M.D., and Vicki MacLean, N.P. Medford and Stoneham – Surgical Oncology – Breast Surgery The Susan G. Komen Foundation looks at every state and the stages of breast cancer diagnosed within the states. What they found within the Massachusetts state breast cancer registry was frightening: Medford and Malden have extremely high rates of […]

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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 […]

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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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