Deer Tick Bites: Tick Removal And Avoiding Lyme Disease

May 5, 2022

Deer Tick Bites: Tick Removal And Avoiding Lyme Disease

I got bitten by a deer tick! “How do you remove a deer tick?” is a very common question people have when encountering one of these little black legged guys. Unlike other ticks, deer ticks carry Lyme disease, which can affect the joints and nervous system. These little buggers love the grassy plains and woodland areas in Massachusetts making them a serious threat to hikers.  As we approach the warmer months, deer ticks will be ...

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Getting Tested For STDs and STIs: Know Your Status!

April 1, 2022

Getting Tested For STDs and STIs: Know Your Status!

Sexually transmitted diseases and infections (also known as STD and STIs) are very common in the U.S and continues to be a growing concern for certain age groups, especially over the last few years. There are an estimated 26 million new infections in the United States each year and almost half of these numbers are young adults between ages 15 and 24. What is the 2nd largest demographic contracting STD’s and STIs? Seniors ...

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Is My Sneezing From Allergies Or COVID-19? Spring Allergy Season Begins!

March 14, 2022

Is My Sneezing From Allergies Or COVID-19? Spring Allergy Season Begins!

Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising and birds are chirping. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, “Ah, spring,” might soon turn into “Ah-choo, spring!” Seasonal allergies, sometimes called hay fever, are allergy symptoms that happen during certain times of the year, usually when outdoor plants release their spores. COVID-19 is still very much a threat and ruling this out will help you take the steps we mentioned above to find allergy relief ...

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My Throat Hurts: Is It COVID-19 Or Strep Throat?

February 5, 2022

My Throat Hurts: Is It COVID-19 Or Strep Throat?

Our bet is that you’re probably thinking it’s COVID-19. Not so fast. Not all cases of a sore throat are from COVID-19. Although we are experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases thanks to the Omicron variant, we are also in the middle of flu, cold and strep season. Winter is filled with illnesses.   At this time we are seeing an influx in patients coming in with sore throats. Strep throat is very common ...

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Which COVID Test to Get? The Differences Between Rapid Molecular Tests And Rapid Antigen Tests

January 7, 2022

Which COVID Test to Get? The Differences Between Rapid Molecular Tests And Rapid Antigen Tests

Did you refrain from ringing in the new year with friends and family….again?  As we are seeing, there has been an uptick in COVID-19 cases thanks to the Omicron variant over the past two months. If you attended multiple gatherings in the past two weeks, chances are you might have been exposed.  With so many testing options out there, it’s hard to tell the differences between them. We all have heard of a ...

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A COVID-19 Free Christmas Holiday: How To Celebrate Safely

December 2, 2021

A COVID-19 Free Christmas Holiday: How To Celebrate Safely

The holidays are here and families are having their gatherings in larger groups than usual. The main concern is how are we all going to celebrate safely when there are back-to-back holidays? We just made it through Thanksgiving and we just began celebrating Hanukkah.  We hope everyone has been safe, but we can’t guarantee this because not everyone is vaccinated for COVID-19. At the same time, we have The Delta variant circulating around Massachusetts ...

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There’s More than One Type of Diabetes! Understand The Risks And How To Prevent It

November 3, 2021

There’s More than One Type of Diabetes! Understand The Risks And How To Prevent It

Are you at risk for diabetes? Understanding the risks and how to prevent it is important because there are more than one “type” of diabetes, and it can be confusing.  Diabetes is a chronic health condition that continues to affect millions of people in the United States every year. And it’s growing.  As the disease can often feel like a life sentence of daily management, it is extra important to be educated this National ...

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When To Get Your Flu Shot And COVID-19 Vaccine: Let’s Avoid The “Twindemic”!

October 4, 2021

When To Get Your Flu Shot And COVID-19 Vaccine: Let’s Avoid The “Twindemic”!

September and October are considered the months where people get their “annual” flu shot. As we’re approaching flu season, some of you might also be eligible for the COVID-19 booster shot as well. So, when should you get your flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine? Do you need to space them apart? The CDC states that you can get both your booster shot (or your 1st time shot) and a flu vaccine at the same ...

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Aggressive Bees And Stings: Welcome to Angry Bee Season!

August 24, 2021

Who else has noticed that bees are getting more aggressive lately? It’s not your imagination, and it's pretty common this time of year. What you should know is that we’re entering angry bee season. Usually, during the late summer and early fall, bees get close to the end of their season and are preparing to die off. During this time, bees become more aggressive and are more likely to sting you if ...

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Back To School Physicals: Add It To Your Child’s Checklist

August 17, 2021

It’s that time of year. August is notorious for back to school shopping, back to school supplies, and most importantly, back to school physicals.   If your child missed their annual check-up last year, then this one is going to be the most important physical yet. Why? Because physicals are a great way to determine if they’re healthy, up to date on immunizations, and cleared to participate in school sports.   Need answers about what ...

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