Wellness Blog


When should I take my daughter to the OB/GYN?

Posted on November 17, 2015

By Bernard Logan, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates From an early age, young women must learn about their bodies and understand the waves of change that happen as they develop and mature. One need is constant from adolescence through every stage of adulthood: the need for gynecological care from an OB/GYN. Many women think of […]

The common cold: How sick is too sick to work?

Posted on November 10, 2015

By Jessica Stevenson, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates Getting a cold is pretty miserable. You have to miss out on fun with family and friends, and you may feel compelled to stay home from work. But the good news is taking a sick day may not be necessary. The common cold is one of the […]

3 surprising ways men benefit from weight loss

Posted on November 3, 2015

By Laura Carman, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates Every day, new articles are published featuring the hottest tips for women to lose weight and feel better. But what about men? Guys, it’s important for you to keep your weight under control, too. Even if you don’t care what you look like, hauling around a hefty […]

What is a Pap smear and how often do I need one?

Posted on October 27, 2015

By Pamela Schwedler, N.P., M.S.N., NP-C, R.N., R.N.C. Hallmark Health Medical Associates Let’s be honest. Few women get excited about a Pap smear or pelvic exam. There’s fear about whether it will hurt, and what if they find something abnormal? As a nurse practitioner, I know how important these tests are and why they are […]

Expectant moms, have you received the whooping cough vaccine?

Posted on October 20, 2015

By Mary Helen Darcy, N.P. Hallmark Health Medical Associates Expectant moms know the routine all too well—appointment after appointment, trip after trip to the doctor for checkups. It can be daunting to sift through all the information you receive to help you have a healthy pregnancy. But there’s one important recommendation we ask that you […]

Get active to avoid type 2 diabetes

Posted on October 13, 2015

By Michael Cheney, N.P. Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Hallmark Health System Patients often ask me what medications they can take to help them avoid type 2 diabetes. My response often takes them by surprise because the prescription is so simple: 30 minutes of activity every day. It may be hard […]

The one number to track to lose weight – it’s not calories!

Posted on October 6, 2015

By Matthias Muenzer, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates I’ve met with patients who come into my office in tears, frustrated because yet another diet plan has failed. Many of these patients come in weighing more than they did when they started their diet plans. I feel for them – I also was overweight not too […]

Your family history doesn’t control your weight

Posted on September 29, 2015

By Matthias Muenzer, M.D. Hallmark Health Medical Associates I’m big boned. I come from a long line of large women. My mother has always been heavy, but she’s pretty healthy at age 60. Every day, one of my OB/GYN patients shares with me the genetic reasons that she’s carrying extra weight. Often, the patient has […]

Paul’s story: Celiac disease symptoms aren’t always obvious

Posted on September 22, 2015

By Michael Newman, M.D. Gastroenterology in Melrose and Wakefield, MA People with celiac disease can’t tolerate gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. For most celiac patients, the symptoms are obvious:  gas, bloating, and stomach distress. But some patients exhibit symptoms they’d never guess were linked to celiac disease. My patient, […]

Do I have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity?

Posted on September 15, 2015

By Michael Newman, M.D. Gastroenterology in Melrose and Wakefield, MA Patients often ask, “What’s the deal about celiac disease? How is it different from gluten sensitivity? What is gluten, anyway?” Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity have several similarities, but there also is a big difference. While both conditions can have unpleasant symptoms, celiac disease can […]

Breathe easier by understanding asthma triggers

Posted on May 8, 2015

Spring can be brutal for people with asthma. Blooming plants, outdoor sports, and spring cleaning increase the risk of exposure to common asthma attack triggers. This post talks about how to manage asthma symptoms during the spring.

Our new blog will answer your health-related questions

Posted on April 20, 2015

Our blog will be a place where you will find discussions on these and other topics. We will address topics that affect you and your loved ones.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on February 8, 2015

The Internet is increasingly redefining the ways in which people interact with information related to their health.

Local surgeon sees spike in genetic testing: Genes can indicate who is at a high risk for breast cancer

Posted on October 6, 2014

By Alex Ruppenthal Posted Oct. 3, 2014 @ 12:25 pm MALDEN Actress Angelina Jolie has changed the landscape for detecting breast cancer, both around the world and locally. Jolie revealed in May 2013 that she had had preventative surgery – a double mastectomy — after testing positive for a gene that indicates a high risk […]

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