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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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