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Primary Care 101 for the College Freshman

Posted by South Shore Health System on Aug 13, 2018 10:38:18 AM

Sending a child off to college is a big change for any family. Amid all the tuition payments and searching out the best roommate, students and parents can easily forget to think about what this transition means for your child’s relationship with a primary care provider (PCP).

Most college freshmen are in their late teen years, so families may struggle with whether to maintain the existing relationship with a child’s pediatrician for a few more years, or if it’s time for your young adult to find an internist or family medicine doctor. And, if your child does look for a new doctor, should it be on-campus or closer to home?

South Shore Medical Center pediatrician Jeremy Warhaftig, MD, says that he often advises his patients and their parents to maintain a relationship with a doctor at home, whether it’s with a pediatrician or a doctor that sees adult patients.

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Topics: Children's Health, Primary Care

Legal Marijuana: A New Frontier for Massachusetts

As of July 1, recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts for adults over the age of 21. Marijuana use, both medical and recreational in Massachusetts, is no longer a hidden thing.

As the Medical Director of Youth Health Connection, I feel a very powerful imperative to ensure that we understand the impact culturally for our communities, families, and youth, to be knowledgeable about the law, and to be fully clear regarding the inherent risks that come with both marijuana and alcohol use.

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Topics: As One, Children's Health

Ben Ryan, MD Shares What You Need to Know about Family Medicine

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

If you’ve ever been confused about choosing the right primary care doctor for you and your family, you aren’t alone. A primary care physician is more than just a doctor. He or she learns your personality, lifestyle, the nuances of your medical history, and your treatment preferences.

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Topics: Children's Health, Primary Care

13 Reasons Why: What Parents Should Know and How to Talk About It

In May, the second season of the controversial show “13 Reasons Why” was released. The Netflix series follows a fictional group of high school students following the death by suicide of a classmate who leaves behind tapes outlining 13 reasons she decided to end her life. The series is controversial, as it includes graphic depictions of suicide, substance use, gun violence, and physical and sexual assault.

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Topics: Children's Health, Specialty Care

Advice for New Moms from Experienced Parents

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 10, 2018 9:31:00 AM

At South Shore Health System, we welcome thousands of babies each year at South Shore Hospital. Pediatricians at South Shore Medical Center help moms and dads to keep their newborns healthy. In addition to our clinical expertise when it comes to babies, many of our caregivers are also parents themselves.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked our colleagues to share the best advice they have for new mothers. Here are some of our favorite responses.

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Topics: Children's Health, Women's Health, Pregnancy

What You Need to Know about Tick and Mosquito-Borne Illness

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that cases of tick, mosquito and fleas had increased dramatically in the past 14 years, it spread faster than the flu on social media.


“Farewell, carefree days of summer,” the New York Times wrote. 


Well, not quite.


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Topics: Children's Health, Primary Care, Women's Health, Men's Health

Reducing the Homework Battles

Starting in second grade and continuing through high school, many families find that homework time is a stressful time. Even the most peaceful household becomes a battleground of frustration, nagging, and chaos as parents encourage a child to get his or her homework done and prepare for the next school day while the child has interest in doing… almost anything but that. 

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Topics: Children's Health

How to Tell if Your Child Is Ready to Stay Home Alone

Posted by Denise Valentine Laiosa, RD, South Shore Safety on Mar 23, 2018 10:56:41 AM

As a health educator who has taught thousands of kids in our Home Alone Staying Safe classes, I have heard it all, from funny to frightening. One student said, “Mom will let me stay home alone but not my older sister because she is not very responsible and would probably burn down the house!”

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Topics: Children's Health

What to Do When You Can’t Poop

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 13, 2018 10:25:00 AM

There are few conditions that leave us as uncomfortable as constipation. When your bowels aren’t moving as usual, or if it’s painful when you poop, it can leave you feeling miserable.

We asked several South Shore Health System experts for their advice on constipation. Here’s their advice.

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Topics: Children's Health, Primary Care, Pregnancy

Mastering the Art of Infant Car Seat Safety

Posted by Julie Collas, RN, Child Passenger Safety Technician on Jan 25, 2018 9:39:57 AM

One of the tasks facing new parents is mastering the art of keeping their baby safe in an automobile. It’s important work: Road injuries are the leading preventable cause of death and injury to children in the United States.

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Topics: Children's Health, Pregnancy

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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