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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Quitter?

Every year thousands of Americans make the decision to cut back on their smoking or – even better – quit smoking entirely. Today is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, when we celebrate the people who have put in the time, effort and shown the willpower that it takes to be a quitter. Between

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“It wreaks havoc”: Five things to know about smoking during pregnancy

1. Vermont has one of the nation’s worst rates of smoking while pregnant. In a 2018 report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 15.5 percent of Vermont women smoked during pregnancy. The only states with higher rates were West Virginia (25.1 percent), Kentucky (18.4 percent) and Montana (16.5 percent). Missouri rounded out the

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The Truth About Overactive Bladder

It’s Bladder Health Awareness Month, so we talked to Gillian Stearns, MD, urologist, about a topic we get a lot of questions about: overactive bladder. What is overactive bladder?  Overactive bladder (OAB) refers to a group of urinary symptoms associated with urgency and urinary frequency. We also associate OAB with incontinence without another explanation (such

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Peripartum Depression: More Common Than You May Realize

In pregnancy, we pay much attention to the physical health of expectant mothers. Healthier mothers tend to give birth to heathier babies. Did you know that maternal mental health can be as important as maternal physical health for the development of newborns? Peripartum Depression: What is it? Peripartum depression (depression during pregnancy or in the

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How Can I Get Breastfeeding Off to a Good Start?

It seems like breastfeeding should be instinctive and natural. While it is on some levels, it is also something both mothers and babies learn to do. While most parents have not grown up yet seeing babies breastfeed all around them, babies are born with reflexes to help them breastfeed. Here are some hints on how

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Preeclampsia: What Pregnant Women Need to Know

Preeclampsia is a condition in which a woman develops high blood pressure during the second half of pregnancy. It can be life-threatening for mother and baby and may necessitate early delivery. Preeclampsia: Diagnosis and treatment We diagnose preeclampsia when a woman with previously normal blood pressure develops high blood pressure. She also begins to pass protein

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Infertility Awareness Week: When to See a Specialist to Become Pregnant

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week. How do you know when you need help getting pregnant? Couples who are trying to get pregnant but are not succeeding can be under tremendous stress. On average, 80 percent of heterosexual couples will become pregnant within a year of starting to try. So, if you’ve been trying for a

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"The Phone Call That Changed Our Lives."

Providing education, advocacy and support of organ donation isn’t just part of my professional role, it’s part of my personal life as a wife, mom and daughter. My personal story Eleven years ago this month, just months after the birth of our first child, our family received the phone call that would not only change

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One Heart, Two Families: A Story of Organ Donation

For Donna and Mike Andre of Brushton, NY, numbers define the moments leading to their son Ben’s tragic death. It was March 17, 2015 –  St. Patrick’s Day, Mike’s birthday. Ben had gone to a friend’s house to wait for his girlfriend to get off work at 11. It was classic North Country March weather:

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Motherhood and Marijuana

With the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use in Vermont and other states, I thought this week I would smoke out some concerns about its use in pregnant mothers, and mothers who breastfeed. Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a clinical report on the implications for infants and children of marijuana

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The Greatest Gift — The Gift of Life

April is National “Donate Life” month, an opportunity to celebrate life-saving organ and tissue donors and the recipients whose lives they save. Most often, transplant surgery relies on altruistic generosity. For those waiting with end-stage organ failure, their lives and future are in the hands of strangers, and they wait, not knowing if they will

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What is Endometriosis & How Do We Treat It?

One in ten women is affected by endometriosis, and though the cause of it is uncertain, it does appear to run in families. What is Endometriosis?

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Healthy Diets and Habits During Pregnancy

Mothers to be have been cooking up lots of questions about what they should eat to ensure a healthy baby. Dr. Lewis First provides some food for thought on this topic.

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Remembering Those Who Gave the "Gift of Life"

It’s fitting that National Donor Day is February 14, a day we already associate with love. On this day, we raise awareness about organ donation and celebrate the lives of organ and tissue donors. Most people will eventually be affected by donation in their lives. They will either know someone who needs, or has received

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Folic Acid: Why Is It So Important?

Many women have heard that they should be taking folic acid before and during pregnancy, but are not sure why or how much. Here are some of the most important things you need to know about folic acid, and how to make sure you are getting enough. What is folic acid? Folic acid is a

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