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COVID-19 Vaccination: Is it Really Safe for My Kids?

The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved and available for all children ages six months and older. During a recent Facebook Live , University of Vermont Children’s Hospital experts Lewis First, MD, chief of pediatrics, and Rebecca Bell, MD, pediatric critical care physician and president of the Vermont

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Barriers to Care

We asked Marissa Coleman, PsyD, a practicing clinical psychologist and the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The University of Vermont Medical Center , to share what she thinks people should know about the unique mental health challenges members of historically marginalized

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Focus on Frozen Treats

There’s so much to do in summer, it can sometimes be hard to remember to stay hydrated. But water is critically important to our health: More than half of the human body is comprised of water, and it’s needed for critical functions like digestion. As we go through our day, we need to replace the

Food and Nutrition Diet Heat Safety Parenting Recipes

Ask the Expert: How to Talk to Children about LGBTQIA+

Sometimes all the talk around sexual orientation and gender identity can feel overwhelming. So just imagine how your kid feels, especially if they are questioning their sexuality or just plain curious, but afraid to ask questions. Many parents are well-meaning and want to be open and supportive, but

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Men’s Health Cheat Sheet

If you’re a man, you likely are overdue to see a doctor for a checkup, immunization or important health screening. That’s what the statistics suggest, anyway. Studies consistently show that men are slow to seek out health care – even when they’re insured – and that some avoid it altogether unless

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Fired Up About Summer Grilling!

Summer and cookouts go together like ketchup and mustard. But for some, the seasonal pleasure is tempered by concerns about carcinogens. Luckily, there are tricks to minimize your risk. First, some background: Fat is present in many of our foods; some fats are even essential to good health. But when

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‘Minutes Matter When You’re Dealing With a Stroke’

Darcie Belisle doesn’t remember struggling on the treadmill at cardiac rehab last October. “One minute I’m walking on the treadmill – going through my new rehab routine – and the next I’m sitting in a chair, listening to someone tell me that an ambulance is on the way,” Belisle recalls. “I didn’t

Heart Health Stroke Patient Stories

‘I’m Not Going to Leave Your Side’

Still groggy from the anesthesia, Justin Hart wondered why he couldn’t open his left eye. The 32-year old corrections officer was lying in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) of The University of Vermont Medical Center , where he was recovering from a procedure to treat his atrial fibrillation, an

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Clinical Trials Are Best Option for Many Cancer Patients

Bob Sekerak didn’t expect to be surprised by the clinical trial he participated in two years ago. After talking in depth with his physician, Steven Ades, MD, and reading the consent form carefully, Sekerak, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, was fully up to speed on the protocols of the

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Something New Under the Sun

Our region may not be known for sunny weather, but that doesn’t mean we should discount the threat of skin cancer. In fact, the prevalence of skin cancer in Vermont and Northern New York is actually among the country’s highest. “Living here clearly does not give you a free pass,” says Melanie R. Bui

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Sustainability Remains a Priority at UVM Medical Center

Recognizing that a healthy climate is critical for all patients and communities, The University of Vermont Medical Center has taken another bold step in its journey toward sustainable health care by joining Race to Zero , the United Nations-backed global climate action campaign, with a pledge to

Environmental Health

61st in Line for a Transplant: James’ Story

James and Magan Brown remember going to bed feeling defeated. It started with a phone call around 10:30 p.m. from Lisa Wood, RN, at The University of Vermont Medical Center’s Transplant Surgery Program saying that a possible kidney match had been identified and to be prepared. "You're 61st in line,”

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Let’s Talk About Consent

A girl pinches a boy on the playground and we laugh and say that means she has a crush on him. A dispute arises between two adolescents and we ask them to “hug it out.” An old family friend insists on squeezing your child’s cheeks in greeting, and we brush off the complaints, explaining it is just a

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Does Food Impact Our Mental Health?

Can what we eat really impact our mental health? The answer is a definitive “Yes!” Nutrients such as omega 3 fats, vitamin K, folate, Beta carotene, as well as a host of phytochemicals, play a key role in maintaining our mental health. Food choice can slow cognitive decline and decrease anxiety and

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Building Up While Sitting Down

Maybe you are recovering from illness. Or, despite your best intentions, you spend hours at a time sitting at your desk. Perhaps you’re an older adult with mobility challenges. Wherever you are in your fitness journey, you can benefit from performing basic strengthening exercises whenever you find

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