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Power of Giving Back

The health benefits of practicing gratitude are many. According to The University of Vermont Medical Center oncologist Kim Dittus, MD, PhD, it improves emotional resilience, decreases stress and depression and lowers stress hormone (cortisol) levels as well as blood pressure levels. UVM Children’s


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Dry January, Sober October are efforts to bring attention to the not-so-healthy aspects of alcohol. Addiction, impaired judgment and driving after drinking are major health concerns, but there are less obvious health problems, too. Persistent alcohol consumption is linked to higher risk of cancers

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How to Clean a Car Seat to Prevent Infections

With increased vigilance to prevent infections, parents and caregivers may be considering cleaning their child’s car seat. To do this safely, the first step is to read the manual for disassembly, cleaning and reassembly of your child’s specific seat. Following these directions is critical to


Six Pantry Staples to Make Your Winter Healthier

When our stomach’s growling and we haven’t thought about dinner, we’re likely to grab (or order in) the first thing available, which we know won’t be the healthiest and will likely be more expensive than cooking in. But when you’re hungry, you’re willing to pay more, and compromise quality, for

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Air Travel With Children: How To Use Car Seats on Airplanes

Most people know their infant, toddler or young school-aged child needs a car seat or booster in the family vehicle. Car seats also keep children safe on airplanes. Here’s some information for anyone planning air travel with children. Should I use a car seat on the plane for my child? Yes! The

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Working From Home? Check Your Ergonomics

Let’s face it, our homes are not necessarily equipped to be our workspaces. Whether you're a seasoned remote worker or new to working from home, you’re likely in need of an ergonomic check-up. I know, because I need one too – and I’m trained in ergonomics. Ergonomics is essential to your working

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5 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays are here! That’s the good news. The bad news is that they leave us feeling stressed or exhausted or both. This year can be better, says Mark Frayne, PsyD, of UVM Health Network – Porter Medical Center’s Primary Care practice. Here he shares five steps to reduce your holiday stress. 1

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Travel Has Changed, But Car Seat Safety Remains

Car crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for children. In many cases, these deaths and injuries can be prevented by use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. To keep your child protected in the event of a crash, here are some child passenger safety tips and reminders. Finding the Right

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Hospice Care at Home Empowers Vermonters in their End-of-Life Journey

“Some people think that if you go on hospice, you're giving up,” says Erica Lustgarten of Burlington. “But what I say is, ‘If you go on hospice, you’re surrounded by this blanket of love and care and basic medicine, and it's 10 times better than if you don't do it.’ It's really the opposite of what

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Finding Balance at the Holidays

The holiday season can easily become one of overindulgence, whether we feel it in our wallets or in our waistlines. And behind that urge to splurge – particularly on food or drink – there is often an emotional trigger. To help manage the holiday stressors that can lead to excessive eating or

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Winter Coats & Car Seat Safety

Temperatures are falling and it’s time to start dressing for colder weather. You might be getting your child’s winter jacket from storage or purchasing something to keep a new baby warm. However, winter coats and snowsuits may be dangerous for children to wear in a car seat. How Can a Winter Coat Be

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What You Need to Know About RSV, Flu and COVID Right Now

COVID-19, RSV flu and other viruses are prevalent right now and pediatric hospitalizations for respiratory illnesses are on the rise. What can families do to prevent and prepare for these viruses? In this Q&A, we asked our experts Rebecca Bell, MD, a pediatric critical care physician at The

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House Calls May Be History, but School Calls Are Just Getting Going

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Top 3 Tips to Avoid the Flu

Health care workers are on the front lines during flu season. But we don’t follow any secret formula to avoid getting sick. In fact, our approach can be adopted by anyone looking to stay healthy or slow the spread of the influenza virus. Take Flu Seriously People don’t take flu seriously enough, and

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Am I Still Protected?

We’ve learned that the COVID-19 virus changes over time. Are you wondering if the COVID-19 vaccine dose(s) you received months ago are still effective? We’ve got all the facts about the new bivalent COVID-19 booster from Rebecca Bell, MD, pediatric critical care physician at The University of

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