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The doctor is in: Paul LaFontaine, MD, on updated PSA testing guidelines

Paul LaFontaine, MD, a urologist with Emerson Urology Associates in Concord, answers questions on the role prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings play in detecting prostate cancer. Read More


Sudbury resident Melanie Berger appreciates high-quality care

Her appreciation for such compassionate, high-quality care has motivated Melanie Berger to become a generous donor to Emerson's Annual Appeal. She recently became a corporator and is happy to represent Emerson as an ambassador around Sudbury. Read More


Cantu Concussion Center expands its expertise

When several experienced clinicians assess someone with a concussion and work together to create an individualized treatment plan, the patient benefits. That is how concussion care is delivered at the Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center. The center’s impressive multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners and rehabilitation staff has increased in size and depth with the arrival of a pediatric neurologist and two neuropsychologists. Read More


Emerson Dieticians Offer Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for gathering with family, friends and neighbors, often with a large meal, an array of desserts, and a bevy of sugary beverages. How can you enjoy these ‘comfort and joy’ celebrations while staying healthy and avoiding excess pounds?  Read More


Tips for Winter Health

As we head into winter, Dr. Katherine Lynch provides some important tips for staying healthy and avoiding common cold-weather illnesses. Read More


Prepare for a New School Year with Good Health

It’s the start of a new school year and a good time to focus on good health. Here are some tips on identifying and preventing illness and injury. Read More


Get to Know: Thomas Goodman, MD

Thomas Goodman, MD, has been practicing a mix of primary care and rheumatology at Groton Medical Associates for more than 17 years, where he appreciates the enduring relationships with his patients and his colleagues. Read More


Solving a common health risk: Emerson class attacks the metabolic syndrome

Factors such as a large waistline, higher-than-normal blood pressure and elevated blood sugar levels can indicate a common condition know as metabolic syndrome. Emerson Hospital's 12-week class run by our Cardiac Rehabilitation team combines exercise and education to help participants automatically lower their risk for heart attack, stroke and developing diabetes. Read More


Get to Know: Peter Hoenig, MD

Peter Hoenig, MD, a primary care physician, has been in practice at Lincoln Physicians for 25 years. Dr. Hoenig is aware of the broad impact that primary care practice has on the health of a community.  Read More


In my own voice: Bill Hurwitch recounts his successful treatment for vertigo

Bill Hurwitch was biking near his Acton home last September when he fell, breaking his left shoulder, collarbone and a rib. Mr. Hurwitch soon realized he had another problem: after lying down, he felt extremely dizzy when he stood up. As he learned, the source of his problem was his vestibular system, the tiny canals located in the inner ear. Read More


Melanoma cases are on the rise

The statistics are striking: skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Fortunately, in most cases, it is basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma. But there is no ignoring the seriousness of melanoma, which represents less than 5 percent of all skin cancers diagnosed but results in approximately 71 percent of skin cancer deaths.  Read More


Stay Clear of Leaves of Three — Preventing Poison Ivy This Summer

Coming into contact with poison ivy or poison sumac can be irritating at best and dangerous if overexposed or your body has a severe reaction. These tips on identifying, removing and treating interactions with these plants can come in handy this summer. Read More


Cantu Concussion Center staff promote education to neutralize fear

Concussion awareness has never been higher. However, the staff at Emerson’s Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center know that knowledge is the best way to counter the fear of concussion that affects student and professional athletes, as well as parents and coaches. Read More


Emerson cardiologists discuss advances in cardiovascular medicine

Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the U.S. Four Emerson cardiologists recently gathered to discuss the increasing emphasis on controlling cardiac risk factors, prevention efforts and effective treatment options for coronary artery disease and heart attacks.  Read More


The doctor is in: Paul Re, MD, on shoulder surgery

Paul Re, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedic Affiliates, Inc., talks about his specialty — the shoulder — and why he decided to write a book on it. Read More


A new life after successful weight loss surgery

Those who have bariatric surgery know the timing needs to be right. Then it’s a matter of finding a program and a surgeon that provide the necessary support and expertise, making a commitment and setting reasonable goals.  Read More


Emerson’s Clough Birthing Center offers a range of options for natural pain relief

Emerson's Clough Birthing Center provides women with several options for relieving pain during childbirth, including a number of choices for women who would like a more natural approach to pain relief. Read More


The right treatment for back pain

Henry Nields, MD, was understandably alarmed when he experienced intense back pain last spring. As chief medical examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Dr. Nields is on his feet, often bending over an autopsy table, for hours at a time. So he turned to Emerson for a diagnosis and treatment.  Read More


After a hospital stay, a transition to stop smoking

An Ayer resident has benefited from an Emerson program to reduce readmissions. By working with a care transitions social worker, pharmacist, and her pulmonologist, she found ways to quit smoking and improve her health. Read More


How Botox helped treat migraine headaches

Migraine headaches can make it nearly impossible to have a normal life. Emily Jacobs did her best, but when her migraines became increasingly severe and frequent, she sought help from an Emerson neurologist who has treated many patients with Botox injections.  Read More


Cancer Center reaches a milestone and evolves

During an era characterized by increasingly precise cancer treatment, including new approaches to radiation oncology and the arrival of targeted therapies and immunotherapy, the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital – Bethke has grown in size and sophistication. Read More


Get to Know: Brian Zinsmeister, DPM

Brian Zinsmeister, DPM, is a podiatrist who practices in Lexington and has been on the Emerson medical staff for more than 25 years. He talks about the misconceptions of practicing podiatry, the most common diagnosis he sees, and more.  Read More


Nutrition Tips from Emerson Hospital’s Center for Weight Loss

Maintaining a regular routine of healthful eating is not easy. Whether you're searching for convenience while on the go or indulging during a holiday, life has a way of disrupting our habits. Sarah Churchill, a registered dietitian with the Emerson Hospital Center for Weight Loss, offers these tips to help you maintain a healthy weight. Read More


A healthy heart rhythm: Living well with atrial fibrillation

After suffering heart palpitations for several years, Barbara Hamerstrom eventually ended up in Emerson Hospital's emergency department. She soon received a pacemaker from Dr. Kay Lee Kim to treat atrial fibrillation, and now she has more energy and a nice, steady heartbeat. Read More


Urgent care or the Emergency department: Where to go when you need immediate medical care

Wondering what the differences are between an urgent care center and a hospital's emergency department? Dr. Joseph Palomba, medical director of Emerson Urgent Care in Hudson, answers that question and reveals what you can expect when you visit an urgent care center. Read More


The doctor is in: Advances in bladder cancer treatment and prevention

Jason Gee, MD, a urologist with Emerson Urology Associates, tackles the subject of bladder cancer, including who is at risk, new methods of treatment, and possible prevention strategies on the horizon. Read More


Concussion recovery tips from a remarkable teen and her physical therapist

During her recovery following a third concussion, Lily Winton, a high school student from Newton, learned some valuable tips on alleviating post-concussion syndrome and how to approach the challenges one faces when living with concussion symptoms. Read More


Get to know: Sarah Taylor, MD

Dr. Sarah Taylor, a primary care physician with Westford Internal Medicine, discusses why she considers herself a teacher, what she expects from her patients, and how her involvement in the Massachusetts Medical Society helps her broaden he understanding of health care. Read More


Surgical specialties combine expertise with new technology

The number of surgical specialties offered at Emerson continues to grow. Here are four examples of how our patients continue to benefit from the available combination of advanced technology and the expertise of our physicians. Read More


Keeping your child safe from winter injuries

It is the season for skiing, skating, snowboarding and sledding. Despite how active kids are outdoors, serious injuries are relatively rare, says John Cahoy, MD, PhD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Emerson Hospital. He offers a few suggestions for keeping kids safe while they are having fun. Read More


Get to know: Emily Strehle, DO

Delivering babies is the highlight of her job, says Emily Strehle, DO, an obstetrician-gynecologist with AFA Obstetrics and Gynecology, but there is a lot more to her practice. In this Q&A, Dr. Strehle touches on delivering personalized care to adolescents, pregnant women, and those going through menopause. Read More


The doctor is in: Caring for individuals addicted to opioid medications

Gert Walter, MD, an emergency medicine physician at Emerson, addresses the increase in patients seeking help at the hospital who are addicted to opioids, as well as the steps the hospital, the state, and our community are taking to stem the opioid epidemic.  Read More


Pediatric surgery in the right place, at the right time

A trip to the emergency room can be a stressful time for anyone, let alone a parent with a young patient. Read how Emerson physicians and staff collaborate to help ease a child’s pain, diagnosis and treat the problem, and get the patient on the way to recovery. Read More