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The Secret Weapon Against Getting Sick? Good Nutrition

A new spin on an old saying is “starve a cold, feed the gut” — an approach that may help keep sickness at bay. Nutrition is important, and foods you may already have on hand can offer your immune system a healthy kick. Emily Clairmont, clinical dietitian in Culinary Medicine at The University of

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Forgotten At Our Own Peril: The Opioid Crisis

Before the pandemic, it looked like progress was finally being made in addressing the opioid crisis. The medical community had tightened its prescription rules and new, effective treatments, like medication-assisted treatment (MAT), were becoming more and more widely available. Even the stigma

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Omicron: What You Need to Know

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the latest COVID-19 variant now accounts for 95% of new infections in the U.S. Our infectious disease specialist Wouter Rietsema, MD, answers your top five questions. Dr. Rietsema is the Vice President of Population Health and

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Flu Is the Last Thing You Need. 5 Steps to Avoid Infection.

With all the attention paid to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are loath to think about another respiratory virus that, every year, makes people very sick and can even result in death. But just like COVID-19, we have a powerful weapon to fight it: the flu vaccine. Jessie Leyse, MD, MPH, infectious

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A Doctor’s Plea to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

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10 Tips to Stop Tossing and Turning

Sleep is easy to take for granted, and hotly debated when talking about Daylight Saving Time, but it's crucially important to our well-being. It gives your brain a little vacation, and most adults do best when they get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each day. Sleep allows your brain time to: Grow and repair

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Top 5 Pregnancy Myths, Busted

Pregnancy is a time when everyone seems to be an expert – your mother, the person behind you at the grocery store, every single relative at a holiday gathering. Not only is much of this advice unsolicited, some of it is actually outdated. Here’s some current (factual) advice from three pregnancy

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The Science of Happiness: How to Overcome Pandemic Grief

Andrew Rosenfeld, MD, a psychiatrist within the University of Vermont Health Network, describes the emotional impact of COVID-19 as one of wide-ranging grief. “We’re grieving from loss of life, loss of employment, loss of educational opportunities, and from the loss of both physical and relationship

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Is It Easy to Give Blood? You Bet. Here’s How.

Yes, blood donation involves a needle. But let’s face it, in the era of COVID-19, most of us are pretty familiar with needles by now. And just like COVID-19 vaccination, this jab can mean you are saving a life. There is a historic blood shortage happening right now. Demand for blood is high, mostly


Two Years Into the Pandemic, Teens Logging on for Help

Like many of her teenage patients, Anna Hankins, MD, spends more time on her devices than she used to. A pediatrician with UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center, she is one of the many physicians using telehealth technologies – video visits or digital messaging – as a means to reach

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With Profound Appreciation, Thomas

Thomas Jackson suffered a massive seizure due to a brain tumor he didn’t even know was there and arrived at the UVM Medical Center Emergency Department unconscious. Jackson's road to recovery was difficult and he was so thankful to staff for the care he received that he wrote a letter thanking them

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Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: 8 Tips for Holiday Indulgence

For many, the lavish meals and sweet treats that accompany holiday gatherings can come with a sense of guilt about unhealthy choices. Maryann Ludlow, RD, CD, CDE, a registered dietitian at the University of Vermont Medical Center, provides some easy tips and recipes to help keep a healthy balance

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How to Handle the Holidays

Making holiday plans during a global pandemic requires some mental gymnastics. We’re planning meals, scheduling kids’ vaccinations, navigating COVID-19 travel guidance and sorting out sleeping arrangements, all while a highly infectious respiratory virus continues to circulate our communities. “The

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Explaining the Safety of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children: The Experts Weigh In

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially endorsed the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children age five to 11. Pediatric experts Lewis First, MD, Chief of Pediatrics at UVM Children’s Hospital, and Rebecca Bell, MD, president of the Vermont state chapter of the American Academy of

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First With Kids: What You Need to Know About Teen Suicide

Parents have been asking me some tough questions recently about their teenagers being stressed to the point they might try to hurt themselves or even try to commit suicide. This is a topic that should be stressed for all parents, so let me try to provide some helpful information. Suicide is one of

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