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Is Your Kid Being Bullied?

According to the 2021 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey , a staggering 41% of Vermont middle school students say they’ve been bullied at school. Kids who are neurodiverse, gender-diverse or autistic are especially at risk, says Jeremiah Dickerson, MD, a child psychiatrist and the program director

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How to Fight Cancer Before It Begins

It’s not exactly a crystal ball, but research happening at The University of Vermont Cancer Center offers patients and their loved ones a possible peek into the future. “We’re really trying to move the needle on how we care for patients, whether it’s improving access to genetic testing or providing

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Prostate Cancer: What You Need to Know Now

This year alone, 288,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer , making it our second most common type of cancer. Fortunately, due to the increasing number of treatment options, the five-year survival rate cancer is now higher than 97%. Shahid Ahmed, MD, MBBS, a medical

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Who Gets Screened for Lung Cancer? More Patients Now.

When Beth Zigmund, MD, stepped into her current role as Director of Lung Cancer Screening at The University of Vermont Medical Center , she already knew what one of her top priorities would be: Enhancing the hospital’s efforts to identify and treat cases of lung cancer as early and effectively as

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Pediatric Emergency Medicine Team Shares Knowledge Across Vermont

David Nelson, MD, and Registered Nurse Kate Soons, MSN, RN, CCRN, share a common desire – making sure children receive the best possible care in the field and the safest transport possible to a hospital when necessary. When they’re together and discussing the work they do, a raw passion is on full

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Look Before You Leap

The recent storms that dumped more than two months of rain in two days on our area caused heart-breaking, catastrophic flooding for many. Now, as water and fear recede, some Vermonters and northern New Yorkers are trying to salvage what they can of traditional summer fun. While we’re all ready for a

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Hot Hunger Hacks

When time away begins with a pre-dawn, pre-airport stop at the gas station buffet, or a humid evening tempts us to reach for a takeout menu rather than turn on the oven, we may give up on healthy eating during the summer. “Summer eating,” says Kate Bean, a registered dietitian at The University of

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Cheers to the Dog Days of Summer

The perfect summer day could include a bike ride, a boat cruise, and some swimming. In the evening, a cookout, campfire and time with friends (human or otherwise). For many of us, these types of summer activities are often accompanied by a cold, alcoholic drink. Knowing that too many drinks can

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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

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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

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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

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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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