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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

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‘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

Cancer Clinical Trials

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

Mental Health Food and Nutrition Diet Recipes Anxiety Alzheimer's and Dementia

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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You’re Sick, Too?

With masks coming off, it seems like seasonal illnesses like the flu, the common cold and stomach bugs are running rampant. Is that really the case, or are we all just paying more attention to sickness than we did before COVID-19? We asked Jessie Leyse, MD, MPH, an infectious disease physician and

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5 Healthy Recipes You Can Make with Your Kids

For parents of picky eaters, the kitchen table can often feel more like a battleground than a safe haven. “Getting your kids involved in the kitchen can be a great way to break down some of that resistance and introduce them to new and healthy foods,” says Leah Pryor, executive chef at The

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‘I Feel Like I'm Making a Difference Here’

Sandra Richardson, RN, MSN, spent nearly 20 years working as a nurse in her native South Carolina. Then, after working for a couple of years as a travel nurse, first in Southeast and then in Vermont, she decided to join the neurology team full time at the University of Vermont Medical Center in

Nursing Workforce

Taking It to the Bank

Lauren Rolandini, RN, lays back in a donation chair while Sarah Cooper, a Richmond Rescue AEMT, inserts a needle into her arm with the skill and ease of someone who has done it a thousand times. The two share a quick smile behind their masks as Rolandini squeezes a foam ball in her fist, her blood

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When Time Is of the Essence

Many people are aware that it’s important to get care quickly for stroke patients, but they may not know just how crucial fast action can be. “Left untreated, a stroke victim can lose millions of brains cells every minute,” says Daniela Zambrano, MD, a vascular neurologist at The University of

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