Lyme Disease: I Got Bitten By A Deer Tick!

May 5, 2022

Lyme Disease: I Got Bitten By A Deer Tick!

Ticks and Lyme disease is not something to obsess over, but it’s definitely something you should keep in mind this spring and summer, especially if you live in Massachusetts. Deer ticks especially, are tiny and can be very sneaky, latching onto you without you knowing.  Lyme Disease is the most common tick borne illness in the United States and it is usually transmitted by the deer tick, commonly found in the New England area ...

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What Are the Odds Of Contracting An STD or STI?

April 1, 2022

What Are the Odds Of Contracting An STD or STI?

What are the odds that you will contract an STD or STI in your lifetime? The odds are, if you’re sexually active you’re chances of getting one are high if you don’t take the right precautions. It’s normal to be scared of catching an STD, but, learning more about it during STD Awareness Month will help reduce the odds of getting one. A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infectious illness ...

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I Keep Sneezing And Wheezing, Is It COVID-19 Or Spring Allergies?

March 14, 2022

I Keep Sneezing And Wheezing, Is It COVID-19 Or Spring Allergies?

“I keep sneezing and wheezing, is it COVID-19 or spring allergies?” Spring allergy season started early this year. At the same time we’re still seeing cases of COVID-19 in the Worcester, MA area. Although cases have waned in the last few weeks from the “winter wave” of COVID-19, it is still very much a threat and some symptoms of COVID-19 overlap with symptoms of allergies. But, where’s the relief? Let’s take a ...

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How Do I Know If I Have Strep Throat Or COVID-19? The Symptoms Often Overlap!

January 31, 2022

How Do I Know If I Have Strep Throat Or COVID-19? The Symptoms Often Overlap!

“We’re seeing more patients than ever at our urgent-care centers who are reporting sore throats,” says Dr. Vincent Meoli, AFC Regional Medical Director in a recent interview.  We’re currently seeing many patients coming in with sore throats worried that they may have COVID-19. There are other winter illnesses to worry about as well (sorry!), such as strep throat, flu and colds. If you’re experiencing a sore throat, it can be any one ...

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Rapid COVID-19 Tests Are Not All The Same?! What’s The Difference?

January 7, 2022

Rapid COVID-19 Tests Are Not All The Same?! What’s The Difference?

  Has anyone ever told you not to get a certain type of COVID-19 test over another? If yes, you’re probably wondering why the type of COVID-19 test matters. To you, a COVID-19 test might mean one universal thing, but there are actually differences in the testing methods and the testing accuracy. By now we’ve all heard of a rapid COVID-19 test. The fact is that there are different kinds of rapid tests and ...

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How To Have A Safe And COVID-19 Free Holiday Season

December 2, 2021

How To Have A Safe And COVID-19 Free Holiday Season

Did everyone have a safe and COVID-19 free Thanksgiving this year? We hope so because December is filled with holidays and gatherings. We’re already in the thick of Hanukkah.  Should you visit relatives or should you host a gathering this year? What about traveling for Christmas, Kwanzaa, or the New Year? These are questions many of us have because we still want to take precautions for our loved ones who are NOT vaccinated for ...

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Diabetes Has More Than One Type! Are You At Risk?

November 3, 2021

Diabetes Has More Than One Type! Are You At Risk?

  Did you know that there are different types of diabetes and that you might be predisposed to one of them? You read that right. You or a loved one might be at risk for diabetes if you have a family history of it. Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects more than 30 million people in the United States. It has multiple types, and there are risk factors you should be aware about. It ...

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Getting Your Flu Shot And COVID-19 Vaccine This Season; More Important than Ever

October 5, 2021

Getting Your Flu Shot And COVID-19 Vaccine This Season; More Important than Ever

COVID-19 is still around and we’re now approaching flu season. “Do I need to get a flu shot?” or “Do I have to get a flu shot and COVID-19 vaccinated?” are common questions people have since both viruses can knock you off your feet. Some of you may be now eligible for your booster shot for COVID-19. Others might be getting their COVID-19 vaccine for the first time. The point is, you want to ...

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Getting Your Flu Shot And COVID-19 Vaccine This Season; More Important than Ever

September 30, 2021

Getting Your Flu Shot And COVID-19 Vaccine This Season; More Important than Ever

COVID-19 is still around and we’re now approaching flu season. “Do I need to get a flu shot?” or “Do I have to get a flu shot and COVID-19 vaccinated?” are common questions people have since both viruses can knock you off your feet. Some of you may be now eligible for your booster shot for COVID-19. Others might be getting their COVID-19 vaccine for the first time. The point is, you want to ...

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Angry Bee Season: What To Do If You Are Allergic To Bee Stings

August 24, 2021

BUZZ, BUZZ! We are seeing a number of kids and parents coming in with painful and sore welts from stings this time of year...aka “Angry Bee Season”. The bees and wasps don't seem to care that it's the new school year! During this time, stinging bees and wasps become more aggressiver because they are preparing their queen for the winter, and are more protective near the hive. This aggravated behavior heightens as ...

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