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Expert Advice: How to Avoid Holiday Mishaps

Having an unexpected illness or injury during the holiday season is enough to turn anyone into a Scrooge. Unfortunately, between the winter “sick season,” weather-related injuries, and the emotional pressures of the season, urgent care centers and emergency rooms are often packed. We asked two of

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Toys That Top the Naughty List

When shopping for holiday gifts for kids, it often seems that the biggest worry is whether they already have the gift, or if it’ll capture their attention for more than a few minutes. But sometimes it’s good to remember the basics, like whether the gift is fundamentally safe. Take, for instance

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Winter Coats and Car Seats

In a car crash, a heavy coat or snowsuit can flatten out or compress, causing the car seat harness to be too loose to protect your child properly. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics , everyone should avoid wearing a puffy or bulky coat in the car, as this adds space between our body and

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5 Surprising Things About Our Home Health & Hospice Partner

For all of its 100-plus years, The University of Vermont Health Network - Home Health & Hospice has demonstrated a remarkably forward-thinking approach to health care, always reaching out to vulnerable populations and making care accessible to all. Now, this venerable institution is quietly

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Truth, Myth or Maybe?

Keeping blood sugar, or glucose levels, in your target range is helpful for the prevention and management of diabetes. So it’s no surprise that the internet teems with tips and tricks for good blood sugar management. But as with all medical advice, it’s good to check with an expert. We asked Nancy

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How-Tos for Hunters

Many hunters view wearing some piece of blaze-orange clothing as a sensible safety precaution before heading out into the woods. But statistically, an injury, heart attack or a stroke is much more likely to cause them harm than a stray bullet. A routine health check-up and some simple home exercises

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Just-In-Case Antibiotics: A Good Idea?

It’s a startling statistic: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , more than one-quarter of the time antibiotics are prescribed – and perhaps as often as one-third of the time – the prescription is inappropriate. It’s the wrong drug, the wrong dose, or the wrong duration

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Smiles by Mail

Three years ago, when COVID-19 struck, we all covered our faces. When the masks finally came off, many of us realized – or remembered – that we were self-conscious about our smiles. The internet responded and since then, our social media feeds have filled with offers for at-home teeth straightening

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Things I Wish I Had Said to My Dad

by Maureen Leahy Content Warning: This story references suicide, which may be distressing to some individuals. My dad was about 60 when he experienced mild depression related to the death of his father, but other than that, he had no identified mental health problems – no inpatient psychiatric

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It’s Sick Season Again, Now What?

Most of the everyday realities of the COVID-19 pandemic – cancellations, extreme home isolation, fear of the unknown – we’re happy to leave in the past. But the many lessons we learned during the pandemic should stay top-of-mind, say infectious disease experts, particularly as we enter the 2023 cold

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Fall for Delicious Colors

Seeking out deep, rich hues when selecting fruits and vegetables can result in a host of additional nutritional benefits, according to nutrition experts. “Take cabbage, for instance. While the taste of red cabbage is similar to green, the red (otherwise known as purple) variety is richer in

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One Final Mission

It has been a difficult last year and a half for Phil Smith, who said goodbye to the love of his life in May 2022. “Bonnie F. Smith was on this Earth for 28,689 days,” he wrote in a special tribute letter to her, admitting he’s still not over her but thankful for every second of the 54 years they

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‘Small, But Mighty’

Danielle Allen's pregnancy and delivery was by the book, with no major surprises or challenges. But just six hours after the birth of her daughter, Vivienne, at Copley Hospital on June 25, 2021, everything changed. Danielle's husband, Nick, noticed Vivienne turning a frightening shade of gray

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Physician Recruitment Reboot

Doctors are among the most recognizable professionals. Everyone knows what a long white coat and stethoscope mean. It’s a job many children aspire to and adults respect, and it’s long been a potent source of inspiration in our society. Despite this visibility, it has become increasingly difficult

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Threading the ‘Traveler’ Needle

“Someone called me a purple unicorn this week,” Kelly Evans, MSN, RN, says with a laugh. Evans, director of central resource management at The University of Vermont Health Network , earned this comparison to a mythical and miraculous creature because she and her team are beginning to do what once

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