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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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Expanding Transgender Health Care Access for Adolescent Youth

The need for specialty medical care is on the rise at hospitals across the country, and at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital referrals to the Transgender Youth Program continue to increase. Since opening in 2016, the Transgender Youth Program, part of the Division of Adolescent Medicine

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Radiology at the Speed of a Click

When a patient needs to be transported from one hospital at The University of Vermont Health Network to another, their imaging records no longer have to make the same trip. Thanks to the health system’s new unified, integrated Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), an MRI or CT scan

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Patient With Swallowing Disorder Gets New Lease on Life

Swallowing food – something many of us don’t ever think of – is constantly on the mind of Jay Anderson. The 43-year-old from Plattsburgh has had to worry about it ever since he began treatment for cancer on his tonsil, tongue and throat about a year ago. Now, thanks to a new device that’s the only

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eConsults Offer New Pathways to Specialty Care

As a family medicine physician of more than 25 years, Katherine Mariani, MD, knows that peace of mind is a powerful thing when it comes to your health. “It’s hard to go about your day-to-day and enjoy life when you’re worried about your health – that stress and anxiety can really weigh on a person,”

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Varicose Veins: Are They Harmful?

More than one third of Americans suffer from varicose veins. Similar to spider veins (which are smaller and right on the surface of the skin), varicose veins no longer perform their original function, which is to return blood to the heart. Instead, blood pools in them. For some people, they’re just

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Snack Attack? Think Outside the Box

For some parents, back-to-school can mean back-to-dreaded-snack-duty – when you’re called upon to bring snacks to the classroom, the after-school program, the potluck or the sports team. It doesn’t take long for kids (or adults!) to tire of the same old options and the nutritional value of store

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Back to Sleep

For parents and kids alike, the transition to earlier bedtimes and wake-up times can be one of the hardest parts of going back to school. That’s totally normal, according to Sigfus Gunnlaugsson, MD, a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician at The University of Vermont Medical Center .

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