Winter is Here! and so is cold and flu season…

WINTER IS HERE! To help you prepare, we’ve gathered some of our best information and tricks from our providers to keep you and your family healthy and safe this winter.   There is never a good time to catch the cold or the flu, however, if you find yourself feeling some of the common symptoms, here is a great guide …

Meningitis at UMASS Amherst

Meningitis at UMASS   There have been 2 cases of bacterial meningitis at UMASS Amherst. One is the B strain; the other has not been typed yet. There also is no known interaction between the 2 students. The Dept. of Health and the CDC are actively investigating. Currently this is not considered an outbreak. Only close contacts are at risk—the …

What Makes You Tick? Dealing with Ticks in 2017

There is a lot of information flying around right now about ticks, and it can be difficult to tell fact from fiction. Let us help you weed out the fake information! First Things First: Don’t Panic! Although many deer ticks are positive with Lyme, that does not mean the disease has been transmitted to you.  The likelihood of getting Lyme …

How Much Love is Too Much Love? A Dialogue on Coercive Relationships

Many  medical symptoms – such as headaches, fatigue, and stomach pain – are from coercive control, a strategy some individuals use to control their intimate partners. Providers might prescribe medication, tests, and referrals to specialists for a problem that’s occurring at home. Often, the patient doesn’t even realize their relationship is the cause of their ailments. Of course, being controlled by …

Be Still My Beating Heart: The Truth About Heart Attacks, The Media, and Women

This Post Was Written By Victoria Palmatier. There’s a lot of white noise out there about heart attacks. Everyone knows that classic scene in the movies–usually at the peak of chaos –where the man dramatically clutches his chest, looks at the camera with wide eyes, and falls over as the screen goes dark, before he wakes up in a hospital bed. Perhaps …

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Beleaguered by Electronic Record Mandates, Some Doctors Burning Out

The original article can be found here, and was written by John Russell for the Chicago Tribune on December 12, 2015. When Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson sees her last patient of the day, she knows it’s not quitting time. Not even close. She’ll often stay in her Chatham medical office on the South Side another two hours, updating patient records with their relevant …

HEALTH CARE IT NEWS: AMA Presses CMS for Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption

The original article appears here, and was written by Mike Miliard for Healthcare IT News on October 5, 2015. ‘CMS has left physicians without any guidance or assurances that they will be capably of meeting program requirements.’ In the continued absence of a meaningful use final rule, physicians have been left hanging, according to the American Medical Association, which is …

CAPE COD TIMES: Boticelli: “Treat Addiction Early and Often”

The original article can be found here, and was written by KC Meyers for the Cape Cod Times on April 9, 2015 State eyeing better insurance for addicts WALTHAM — The health care system became the perfect environment for overprescribing of opiates, doctors explained at the Massachusetts Medical Association’s public health leadership forum Wednesday. Not enough time with patients, not enough insurance …

MASS LIVE: People in Business- Katherine Johnson Atkinson, MD, of Atkinson Family Practice

The original article can be found here, and was written by The Republican Business Desk for Mass Live on April 9, 2015 Boston – Kami Phillips, MD, president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP) has announced that Katherine Johnson Atkinson, MD is the recipient of the 2015 Family Medicine Educator of the Year award in recognition of her exemplary …