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 …

How 3D Printing Is Transforming the Medical Field

A few years ago, the thought of making everyday objects appear out of thin air would have only been dreamt about in the realm of science fiction and fantasy. Today, however, the quiet whispers about “3D Printing” in elite STEM circles has transformed into a growing buzz, and is on its way to becoming as commonplace as the computers in a library. …

At Long Last: A Non-Medicinal Approach to Depression…Right Here at AFP!

In just a couple of weeks, Atkinson Family Practice is going to be the home of an exciting new alternative treatment for individuals with depression called TMS! TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for depression that does not require surgery or medication, and is safe and effective. When medication management becomes too much, side …

New Year, New Us!

Welcome to the grand unveil of our new site! Just like our office, we want our internet presence to take on a comfortable, compassionate atmosphere that provides resources to enable them to make informed lifestyle and health care decisions. We offer a variety of classes here at Atkinson Family Practice – such our Recovery Group, Stress Management Program, Math Center, or …