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Is DEET Bad? And Other Questions That Bug You.

Enjoying summer means spending time outside – which means bugs. Two bugs, in particular – mosquitoes and ticks – are cause for concern, since they can spread diseases. Here’s the scoop on summer’s most annoying pests. Prevention If you’re going to be out and about, especially in wooded or grassy

Injury Prevention Ticks Lyme Disease Environmental Health

Hot Cars and Kids Don't Mix

Heat illness or death can occur if a child is intentionally left in a vehicle, gains access to a vehicle or is unknowingly left behind. While relatively rare, Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke (PVH) remains a worldwide public health matter. Fortunately, these tragedies are largely preventable with a

Children's Health COVID-19 Car Safety

There's No Place Like Home

Featured Image: Ralph Page 2022 was the worst year of Ralph Page’s life. “I went into the hospital with a stroke, and I needed some pretty comprehensive care, so they sent me to a long-term-care place,” recalls Ralph, who was 88 at the time and managing chronic heart disease, including heart failure

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The Rules Have Changed

Hannah Perry, MD, Division Chief and Medical Director of Breast Imaging at The University of Vermont Medical Center , answers your questions about the recent change in breast cancer screening. I heard there are new recommendations around breast cancer screening. What’s changed? The United States

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The Magic Fix for Weight Loss?

Over the past year, there has been a flurry of discussion on social media about the wonders of weight-loss drugs like Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro. Natasha Withers, DO, a primary care provider at The University of Vermont Health Network - Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, has been prescribing the

Food and Nutrition Diet Weight Loss Diabetes

Can Certain Foods Hold Off Dementia?

If calcium builds strong bones, carrots improve our vision, and drinking water is good for our complexion, is there anything that can help our brains? It turns out, there is. Called the MIND Diet – a name that sounds like an ad on Instagram – it’s an approach to eating that has been scientifically

Food and Nutrition Alzheimer's and Dementia Diet Recipes

TAVR Procedure Offers New Lease on Life

From behind the glass, Jean Laird, RN, works with her colleagues to prepare an advanced and minimally invasive technique to replace a person’s failing aortic heart valve. This is the first of the day’s three transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures . Far from an observer, Laird is

Heart Health Innovation

5 Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

More than 47 million adults in the US – nearly 20% of the population – are unpaid caregivers. If you’re one of them, you know how difficult it is to provide focused, compassionate care for your loved one while also juggling the rest of your life, like your job and the daily needs of your family

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Manual or Electric: What’s the Buzz?

Over the years, Chelsea Wells, a dental hygienist with The University of Vermont Medical Center’s Dental and Oral Health team since 2014, has answered her share of questions about teeth, dangerous fads and all. (No, you should not use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on your pearly whites.) Here she offers

Wellness Dental Health

9 Things I’d Never Do As a Dermatologist

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Vermont ranks No. 3 in the nation for new skin cancer cases diagnosed annually. While some skin cancers are influenced by genetics, there is also a strong behavioral component to skin cancer risk – and a lot of that risk is avoidable. We asked Santana

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Hate Leafy Greens? This Recipe May Change Your Mind

You hear it all the time from health experts: Eat more green, leafy vegetables like kale, chard, spinach, collard greens and turnip greens. But what if just don’t like the taste or texture? We’ve got you covered with a super simple recipe for a tasty dish that sneaks in the leafy greens amidst warm

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Do Men Get Osteoporosis?

Hear the term osteoporosis, and most people instantly imagine a slightly stooped older woman. But according to Jennifer Kelly, DO, endocrinologist and director of the UVM Medical Center’s metabolic bone program, that’s far from a complete picture of this common condition. So we asked her a few

Aging Well Arthritis Bone Health Diet Osteoporosis Eating Disorders

The ABCs of Medicare

For many people approaching age 65, Medicare can be an intimidating, confusing topic. Even those who have received Medicare for years can still be unsure about many aspects of its plans. For help answering some common questions, we reached out to Kathryn Rueda, a plan guide for MVP Health Care, our

Aging Well Community Health

To #coldplunge Or Not To #coldplunge

Lady Gaga. Madonna. Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor). They all do it. And while the benefits of plunging into frigid water abound on social media – improved mood and sleep, relief from muscle aches, weight loss – they’re not well documented in scientific and medical literature. Intuitively, the practice

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