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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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The FODMAP Diet: What You Need to Know

If you’re one of the more than 500 million people worldwide who have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), your doctor or nutritionist may have suggested the FODMAP Diet. But recently, the highly restrictive diet has gone more mainstream, and it has been extolled for its ability to

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An Alternative to Surgery and a Colostomy Bag?

“Patients value quality of life more than a lot of doctors tend to give them credit for,” observes Christopher Anker, MD , a radiation oncologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Dr. Anker’s philosophy – giving cancer patients a variety of viable treatment options, and empowering them to

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The Best Colorectal Cancer Screening? The One You Get Done

Colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon or rectum – is the second-most-common cancer affecting both men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also the second leading cause of cancer deaths in both Vermont and New York. The good news? Colorectal cancer is

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‘Being Home is So Much Better’

John Welsh is a local legend in Shelburne, Williston and surrounding areas in Vermont. He served as a police sergeant and a police chief in Shelburne. Then, as the founder and longtime owner of the Town Cobbler in Williston, his rare craftsmanship was valued by Vermonters for decades. At 81 years of

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One Secret to a Healthy Heart? Sleep.

As a medical student, Lauren Suggs, MD, was often sleep-deprived. As she moved among various rotations during her residency, her sleep schedule also changed frequently. “I felt awful sometimes. And it felt like every body system was affected. My GI system was irregular, I had frequent headaches, my

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Anne McIlhenny is the Chief Clinical Dietitian at UVM Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center , where she provides Medical Nutrition Therapy counseling, which helps educate people about a variety of nutrition problems including diabetes, celiac disease, high blood pressure and gastrointestinal

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Women Find Strength with Cardiac Rehab

When cardiologist Sherrie Khadanga, MD , first came to The University of Vermont Medical Center for her residency in 2013, she started researching cardiovascular risk factors and ways those could be reduced. She realized there was a lot of attention given to medications, stents and surgeries in the

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Food Insecurity 101

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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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