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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

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

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From a New Heart Valve to Chopping Firewood in 10 Days

It’s safe to say that Doug Varney hasn’t slowed down in retirement: He played ice hockey into his late 60s, cut eight cords of firewood this winter and built an 80-foot raised garden bed with cinder blocks. “Having a serious heart problem didn’t quite fit the mold,” Varney, a retired professor from

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Omega-3s: Worth the Heart-Health Hype?

Interest in the potential health benefits of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids began in the 1940s, when researchers noted that native populations in Greenland, who consumed a diet rich in oily fish, had a very low rate of heart disease. In 1999, a landmark study that followed 11,000 patients over

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Melatonin Madness

When we’re having trouble sleeping, we want a quick fix. Thanks to the easy over-the-counter availability of melatonin, many people turn to this supplement for insomnia and jet lag. But is it really a magic pill? Are there side effects to melatonin use? We turned to our resident expert, Pamela Swift

Wellness Sleep Disorders

The Future Is Now

Picture this: A disoriented patient arrives at The University of Vermont Health Network - Porter Medical Center , worried about a potential stroke. After an initial assessment, a physician's assistant orders a special CT scan called a computed tomography angiogram (CTA) to check for artery blockages

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The Widow-Maker Scare

In the summer of 2023, Buddy Singh’s daily workouts were accompanied by an unexpected visitor: a mysterious pain in his back, nestled somewhere deep between his shoulder blades. “I would only notice it when I was pushing myself the max on the stationary bike,” says Singh, an avid snowboarder and

Heart Health Heart Attack Fitness Patient Stories

How Bad is My Cough?

Ever since the pandemic swept the world in 2020, cold and flu season has been an anxious time for many. Is that a regular old sneeze or something worse? Will the sore throat stop or is it just the beginning of a more serious illness? It’s hard to look at respiratory infections the way we once did –

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