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How to Boost Your Bone Health

Over the next 10 years, osteoporosis rates are expected to soar. The cause for the increase in the brittle-bone disease is multifold, from an aging population to increased obesity rates and sedentary lifestyles. Even pollution is expected to play a role; its nitrous oxide can undermine bone density

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I Have Skin Cancer?

Editor’s Note: In advance of the summer season, HealthSource writer Erica Houskeeper offered to share her experience with skin cancer in the hope of helping others. Houskeeper’s experience can be instructive, according to Nathan Bombardier, MD, a Mohs surgery fellow in dermatology at University of

Cancer Skin Cancer Dermatology Patient Stories

Yes, Your Allergies Probably Are Worse.

It’s finally feeling like spring. What’s not to love about warmer sunshine, longer days, budding trees and blooming flowers? For the nearly 60 million people in the United States who suffer from seasonal allergies, the answer can be any or all of the following: coughing, sneezing, congestion

Wellness Allergies

The Truth About Diabetes

About 38 million Americans are living with diabetes – that's 1 in 10 people. For a relatively common health condition, the disease is still widely misunderstood. To help dispel some of the misconceptions, we asked Sarah Bushweller, PA , a primary care provider at University of Vermont Medical Center

Chronic Conditions Diabetes

6 Food Tips for Pain Relief

Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury or infection, and it’s meant as a temporary defense mechanism to help you heal. It’s also a key component of cellular and DNA growth and repair. But sometimes inflammation isn’t caused by injury or infection, and it can go from helpful to

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Q+A: Cancer In Young People on the Rise

For the first time ever, new cancer diagnoses in the United States are projected to top two million this year, according to a report from the American Cancer Society . The report also shows that people under 50 experienced an increase in overall cancer incidence from 1995 to 2020, a startling

Cancer Colorectal Cancer

A Bond Beyond Marriage

As a young girl in the 1970s, Cori Dudley had a front-row seat to her aunt’s kidney disease. After years struggling as her kidneys failed, her aunt eventually received a transplant. It allowed her decades longer with her family. Cori’s life moved on, until one day in 1994 when her husband, Tim

Chronic Conditions Organ Donation Kidney Disease

Cold or Allergies?

By April, we’re all typically yearning for spring and its longer, warmer days. And then we get a late snowstorm, and all hope seems lost. It’s the same with winter ills: Upper respiratory infections are unfortunately still making the rounds (and rounds) in our area. It’s only natural that people

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9 Things You May Not Know About Colon Cancer

A few years ago, the death of actor Chadwick Boseman -- most famous for his lead role in the blockbuster Black Panther -- shocked movie lovers everywhere. He was only 43 and died of colon cancer, a condition he kept private. Unfortunately, death from colon cancer at a relatively young age isn’t as

Digestive Health Cancer Colorectal Cancer

Love Your Gut

Last year, the New York Times published an article highlighting the prevalence of trendy gut health advice on TikTok. Like clockwork, influencers were posting videos on the latest “hack” to improve gut health, “from cucumber-ginger juices and boiled apples to sludgy sweet potato soups,” noted the

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Eclipse Viewing: Do’s and Don’ts

On April 8, for the first time since 1932 and the last time until 2106, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Vermont and the North Country in the afternoon. Starting at about 3:25 pm, the moon will pass between the sun and the Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun

Injury Prevention Safety Tips

Blood Tests: What You Need to Know

Let’s face it: Nobody looks forward to blood tests, but they’re quick, relatively easy and can tell you and your provider a lot about your health. Some blood tests are screening labs, like those ordered as part of a wellness exam, while others are used to monitor a condition or answer a specific

Wellness Diabetes Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Primary Care STI

5 Benefits of Walking Outdoors

“When my family moved to Vermont almost 20 years ago, it felt like we had stepped into a postcard,” shares Kim Dittus, MD, PhD , medical oncologist at University of Vermont Medical Center . “There is an enjoyable outdoor activity around every corner in the Northeast.” As we leave mud season behind

Food and Nutrition Recipes Fitness

How Exercise Helps Me Manage My Pain

by Rebecca Benes, patient, University of Vermont Cancer Center I grew up in Shelburne, Vermont, and currently live in Jericho. In between, I moved to Ithaca, New York, for veterinary school and then to the Northwoods of Wisconsin where I got married and worked primarily as a veterinarian with dairy

Cancer Fitness Skin Cancer

At the Heart of the Matter

Beverly O’Connor had a problem. She was missing morning walks with her childhood friend. The issue was with her heart. “I could never catch my breath and it got to the point where I couldn’t walk for more than a few minutes at a time without stopping,” says O’Connor, a long-time resident of Keene

Heart Health Heart Attack Fitness Patient Stories

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