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Relationship Red Flags

The stereotype of a domestic abuser looks like this: A domineering male with a short fuse who routinely erupts, physically assaulting a vulnerable female. But it’s rarely that simple. Domestic abuse can mean outright physical violence, but it can also mean a lot of other things, from sexual assault

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Social Media Challenges: Why Teens Take the Dare

During the first three weeks of 2018, poison control centers across the country reported 86 intentional exposures to single-use laundry detergent packets by teenagers. The “Tide Pod Challenge,” which spurred young people to post videos of themselves eating the toxic pods, had gone viral. Though not

Children's Health

COVID-19 Booster: What You Need To Know

UPDATED 11/30/21 Infectious disease experts Jessie Leyse, MD, of UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center and Tim Lahey, MD, MMSc, of UVM Medical Center tackle the top questions about COVID-19 booster vaccines. Why do I need a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine? Although COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccines Flu

Medicare 101

Medicare provides health insurance benefits for people age 65 years and older, as well as certain people under 65 with disabilities or specific medical conditions. Becoming eligible for Medicare creates a lot of new opportunities – but you need to know how to make the most of them. 1. What does

Aging Well

11 Mammogram Questions You’re Too Shy To Ask

Breast health experts Kim Dittus, MD, and Michelle Sowden, MD, of UVM Medical Center’s Breast Care Center join Mammography Team Leader Brittani Trombley, of UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center, to answer the 11 breast care and preventive health questions they’ve heard from their

Cancer Breast Cancer

When Will the Pandemic End? Your Top 9 COVID-19 Questions Answered

Infectious disease experts Cindy Noyes, MD, and Tim Lahey, MD, MMSc, join pulmonologist and critical care medicine physician Gil Allen, MD, to weigh in about boosters, mandates and more. 1. Why are some vaccines, like polio, one and done while others need annual boosters? Most vaccines – against


COVID and Flu: You Have the Power to Help Prevent a Twindemic

Fall is here, apples are ripe for the picking and school is back in session, but as we put our gardens to bed and prep our homes for winter, we should do the same when considering our health this season. COVID-19 has consumed our attention but there’s another threat right around the corner: the flu

COVID-19 Wellness Flu

Breast Cancer: What We Know Today

Screening Technology has allowed physicians to capture much clearer images of women’s breast tissue, particularly those who have what is referred to as “dense” breasts. Breast density refers to the amount of fibrous or glandular tissue vs. fatty tissue in a woman’s breast. About half of women over

Cancer Women’s Health Breast Cancer

Snacking Can Be Good For You

Snacks get a bad rap. They’re often prepackaged and loaded with salt and sugar. But where they lose points for nutrition, they win for convenience. So how does one make snacking both easy and healthy? According to Bridget Shea, MS, RD, CD, a clinical dietitian at the University of Vermont Medical

Food and Nutrition

Surprising Signs of Depression: 4 Early Clues to Watch For

Summer’s over, but COVID isn’t. And here we all still are, navigating uncharted, yet familiar, pandemic life and its added stress and worry. Sometimes it’s hard to remember a time when things were ‘normal’ and that can be downright depressing. So much has changed in the world around us, that the

Mental Health Depression

10 Minutes is Better Than No Minutes

Exercise… The word itself can spark anxiety for many. It’s easy to come up with excuses to avoid exercise, and even easier to fall into sedentary habits. Dylan Daniels, EP, CCEP, understands. As a Clinical Exercise Physiologist at UVM Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital Daniels’s job

Wellness Fitness

COVID-19 Confusion? 11 Questions Answered

UPDATED 11/22/21 This is an exhausting and confusing time, with endless information – and misinformation – everywhere. Infectious disease expert Cindy Noyes, MD, of the University of Vermont Medical Center sat down with us to help make sense of it all. Should I be concerned about breakthrough


Good for Your Gut: A Recipe for Spicy Kimchi Slaw

There is so much exciting new science about the benefits of a healthy gut microbiome. But what does your gut bacteria have to do with your cancer treatment? Plenty! Immunotherapy is a cornerstone for treating some cancers. Interestingly, what we eat influences what bugs are found in our

Cancer Food and Nutrition Recipes

Top Tips for Treating Migraines

Painful, throbbing, debilitating…that’s how the pain is described by those who suffer from migraines. Yet in 56 percent of the population, migraines go undiagnosed. Adam Sprouse Blum, MD, a headache specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Headache Clinic, explains how to combat this

Chronic Conditions Headaches and Migraines

Portraits in Time

Steve Farrar loved to paint portraits as an illustration major at Syracuse University in the early 1980s. But after graduating and launching a career in graphic design, Farrar drifted away from his passion for painting people and faces. He’d just as soon not have had the experience that brought it

Cancer Breast Cancer Patient Stories

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