Wellness Blog


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 […]

health care proxy

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 […]

There’s no wrong way to practice meditation

Posted on February 16, 2016

By Eleanor Moresco, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates “Just give me a moment.” Many of us have said this from time to time when we’re stressed out at home or frustrated over a complicated project at the office. Sometimes we just need to take a deep breath and find our balance before tackling the issue […]

3 vaccines we recommend if you’re over 65

Posted on February 9, 2016

By Amanda Vince, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates As we age, so does our immune system. We’re also more likely to have chronic diseases when we’re older. For these reasons, adults older than 65 are more susceptible to health problems. Thankfully, we can protect ourselves from some diseases by getting vaccinated. In some cases, you […]

How meditation helps with chronic pain or anxiety

Posted on February 2, 2016

By Eleanor Moresco, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates Chronic pain, stress, and anxiety disorders can take a toll on our physical and emotional health. While traditional medicine offers many treatment options, for some patients, physical therapy and prescription drugs are not enough. When I see my patients struggling with these issues, I often point them […]

4 vaccines young adults need

Posted on January 19, 2016

By Amanda Vince, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates Young adults have a lot on their minds. At ages 18 to 26, many are exploring their newfound freedom. It’s safe to say that very few young adults are thinking about which vaccines they might need to stay healthy. But vaccines are important. Getting poked with a […]

Prepare for pregnancy with a preconception appointment

Posted on January 12, 2016

By Parul Nagar, D.O. Hallmark Health Medical Associates Sometimes pregnancy is a surprise. Other times it’s been in the plans for years. When that’s the case, one of the best things you can do to prepare for a successful pregnancy is to schedule a preconception appointment. Quite a few of my patients have a preconception […]

15 ways to stay healthy during the Boston winter

Posted on January 6, 2016

By Michael Cheney, N.P. Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Hallmark Health System Let’s be honest. Snow drifts and wind chills do not motivate most people to go running outside. We are fortunate that the Boston area is pedestrian friendly, but in the wintertime, people tend to hibernate. Walking the dog or […]

Dr. Matthias Muenzer

Why ‘doctor’s orders’ aren’t enough for weight loss

Posted on December 29, 2015

By Matthias Muenzer, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates A couple years ago, I decided enough was enough. I needed to lose weight. Many of my OB/GYN patients were battling obesity, and I was giving them weight loss advice, but I wasn’t following it myself. It was time. Several years ago, I noticed that weight gain […]

IUDs, implants, and shots: What’s the best long-term birth control?

Posted on December 22, 2015

Elinor Milder, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates For years, women have had limited options for birth control. The pill works, but you have to remember to take it every day. It’s easy to forget if your schedule is disrupted (which happens way too often). Condoms can break or simply come off during intercourse. Some people […]

Ah-choo! Is it the flu? Facts you should know this flu season

Posted on December 15, 2015

By Rebecca Tharaud, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates Ugghhh…the flu. Many of us have gone through it in the past, and none of us want to re-live that experience. Every year we experience an influenza epidemic. It causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands of deaths annually in the United States. […]

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