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Addressing Cancer Pain with Integrative Therapies

Cancer and pain don’t always go together, but they frequently do, adding significantly to the distress of a cancer diagnosis. According to the American Cancer Society, 30-50% of cancer patients report having some pain, a number that rises to 75-90% for advanced cancers. The causes of cancer pain

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A Recipe for Spring: Anti-Inflammatory Asparagus Salad

Inflammation is a double-edged sword. In the short term, we need it to fight infection and heal damage that might occur. “Sometimes, however, inflammation overstays its welcome and becomes chronic,” says Kim Dittus, MD, a medical oncologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center. “This can

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Kids and Suicide

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues for all ages, but mental health practitioners are particularly concerned with youth, and increasing rates of suicidal ideation. Across the country, suicide rates among those 14 and younger are rising. In Vermont, according to statistics from

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Make Ahead Meals

When it comes to preparing healthy family meals, the winter season can be tough on weeknight schedules. The days are shorter, and the list of activities is often longer – from basketball games, to dance and gymnastics practices, to late-night ice times for hockey players and figure skaters. But

3 Cutting-Edge Cancer-Fighting Tools

Last fall, providers from across the country gathered at the University of Vermont Cancer Center’s Women’s Health and Cancer Conference to hear from a panel of experts on the newest groundbreaking techniques in cancer diagnosis and treatment. These innovative approaches, based on molecular

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7 Tips to Avoid ‘Tech Neck’

As an occupational therapist at University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center, Sarah Morrison sees a lot of people with upper body pain stemming from repetitive motion and poor posture. As the mom of a 10-year-old boy, she also pays attention to the way her son and his

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Power of Giving Back

The health benefits of practicing gratitude are many. According to The University of Vermont Medical Center oncologist Kim Dittus, MD, PhD, it improves emotional resilience, decreases stress and depression and lowers stress hormone (cortisol) levels as well as blood pressure levels. UVM Children’s


Pomegranate Citrus Mocktail

Dry January, Sober October are efforts to bring attention to the not-so-healthy aspects of alcohol. Addiction, impaired judgment and driving after drinking are major health concerns, but there are less obvious health problems, too. Persistent alcohol consumption is linked to higher risk of cancers

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How to Clean a Car Seat to Prevent Infections

With increased vigilance to prevent infections, parents and caregivers may be considering cleaning their child’s car seat. To do this safely, the first step is to read the manual for disassembly, cleaning and reassembly of your child’s specific seat. Following these directions is critical to


Six Pantry Staples to Make Your Winter Healthier

When our stomach’s growling and we haven’t thought about dinner, we’re likely to grab (or order in) the first thing available, which we know won’t be the healthiest and will likely be more expensive than cooking in. But when you’re hungry, you’re willing to pay more, and compromise quality, for

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Air Travel With Children: How To Use Car Seats on Airplanes

Most people know their infant, toddler or young school-aged child needs a car seat or booster in the family vehicle. Car seats also keep children safe on airplanes. Here’s some information for anyone planning air travel with children. Should I use a car seat on the plane for my child? Yes! The

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Working From Home? Check Your Ergonomics

Let’s face it, our homes are not necessarily equipped to be our workspaces. Whether you're a seasoned remote worker or new to working from home, you’re likely in need of an ergonomic check-up. I know, because I need one too – and I’m trained in ergonomics. Ergonomics is essential to your working

COVID-19 Injury Prevention

5 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays are here! That’s the good news. The bad news is that they leave us feeling stressed or exhausted or both. This year can be better, says Mark Frayne, PsyD, of UVM Health Network – Porter Medical Center’s Primary Care practice. Here he shares five steps to reduce your holiday stress. 1

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Travel Has Changed, But Car Seat Safety Remains

Car crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for children. In many cases, these deaths and injuries can be prevented by use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. To keep your child protected in the event of a crash, here are some child passenger safety tips and reminders. Finding the Right

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