Ovarian Cancer Awareness

By: Keith Merlin, MD, Chief, Department of OBGYN   Ovarian cancer will affect about 1 in 80 women in their lifetime. Early diagnosis of the disease can be challenging as there is no screening test like a Pap smear for cervical cancer. Family history can sometimes provide a clue. If you have multiple relatives–mother, sisters, aunt, grandmothers–with … More Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Keep Calm and Breathe

By: Keith Merlin, MD, Chief, Department of OBGYN   We all have too much stress in our lives. Unfortunately for most of us, our ability to decrease the stressors that effect us is limited. What we do have control over is how we respond to that stress.  Balancing work, family, finances, and day-to-day activities is a challenging … More Keep Calm and Breathe

Why All the Fuss About Breastfeeding?

By: Keith Merlin, MD, Chief, Department of OBGYN   There is a big push lately to strongly encourage mothers to breastfeed. Recent evidence–based studies have shown there are many benefits for breastfeeding for both mother and baby. The most important reason is pretty obvious to most people – breast milk is the best nutrition for newborns. Believe … More Why All the Fuss About Breastfeeding?

Vaccine Fear

By: Lance Lazatin, MD The hospital or doctor’s office can be a place ridden with anxiety for people of all ages. Children in particular tend to regard the pediatrician’s office or the hospital as a place of impending pain.  Even for healthy children, routine well-visits are scheduled in such a way that they receive twenty-five … More Vaccine Fear

Sleep-Training Baby

By: Dr. Jane Yu As a family physician in Brockton, I’ve spent many moments talking to parents about their baby’s feeding and sleep habits, drawing upon my training in medical school and residency to dispel myths, dispense advice, and offer guidance.  Six months ago, I became a first-time mom myself when my daughter Avery entered … More Sleep-Training Baby