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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

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

When Alcohol Use Becomes Misuse

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 23, 2018 11:57:09 AM

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, so what better time to talk about alcohol use?

Many people drink alcohol with no issues or concerns. However, when you drink too much, or too often, it can  become a problem. Do you know how much you really drink or how much is unhealthy for you to drink?

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Topics: Primary Care, Specialty Care

What You Should Know About Advance Directives

It’s valuable information most people neglect to share: What are your wishes for medical care if you can’t make decisions for yourself?

It can make us uncomfortable to think about these things. But in the event that you are unable to express your wishes, it’s important to guide your loved ones and medical professionals when important decisions about life-sustaining treatment must be made.

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Topics: As One, Primary Care, Emergency Care

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

Five Things to Consider When Choosing an Adult Primary Care Provider

Regardless of whether you have recently moved to a new area, outgrown your family pediatrician or simply want to make a change and see a new health care provider, choosing an adult primary care provider can feel overwhelming. It’s easy to say “I’m healthy, I can wait to choose a new provider,” but waiting until you get sick and need to see someone is never a good idea – especially during the height of cold and flu season.

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Topics: Primary Care

Why You Need a Primary Care Provider (PCP)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jan 17, 2018 11:26:40 AM

If you’re like most Americans, you’ve probably made a New Year’s resolution or two. Maybe you want to quit smoking, lose weight, or simply get healthier. While it is estimated that only around 10 percent of New Year's resolutions actually stand the test of time, there is one resolution you can easily keep to improve your health in the New Year: Find a primary care provider (PCP) and schedule a physical.

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Topics: Primary Care

Six Steps to Help Balance Your Cholesterol Levels

Posted by South Shore Health System on Sep 13, 2017 4:42:20 PM

Most of us know it’s important to watch our cholesterol levels, but do you really know what that means? Between HDLs, LDLs and triglycerides it can be confusing to determine which of these is bad, which is good and how to get them in proper balance.

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Topics: Nutrition, Primary Care, Heart Health

Why Vaccinations Are So Important to Your Family’s Health

The best defense is a good offense. No, I’m not talking about the upcoming New England Patriots season, although that seems fitting.

I’m talking about immunizations, and how important it is to combat potential outbreaks of diseases that are easily managed by making sure you and your family are up to date with your vaccinations. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and vaccinating yourself and your children continues to be a controversial topic, even though to me and other primary care providers, it shouldn’t be.

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Topics: Primary Care

Seven Tips to Fall Back Into a Healthy Routine

Posted by Tahli Adler MS, RD, LDN, South Shore Medical Center on Aug 8, 2017 8:18:00 AM

While the winter holidays have a reputation for challenging the resolve of healthy eaters, many people find themselves more likely to overindulge during the summer months. We all feel like letting our responsibilities go when temperatures warm—so we visit a favorite seasonal ice cream shop frequently, or load our plate with rich food at cookouts. By August, our clothes fit tighter than they did on Memorial Day and our energy is lagging.

If you’ve let your healthy routine lapse, now’s the time to use that “back to school” energy to refocus—even if you don’t have kids. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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Topics: Nutrition, Primary Care, Exercise & Fitness

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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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