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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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Should I Go To the Emergency Department?

It is important to know that the Emergency Department does not work on a first-come, first-served basis. Instead, patients are seen by severity of symptoms. So it is often much faster -- and an overall better use of medical resources -- to be seen at an Urgent Care clinic if you are not in a

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Kids and Suicide

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues for all ages, but mental health practitioners are particularly concerned with youth, and increasing rates of suicidal ideation. Across the country, suicide rates among those 14 and younger are rising. In Vermont, according to statistics from

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How Can I Get My Child To Eat Better?

At this time of year especially, grocery stores are stocked top to bottom with enticing snacks, making it a challenge for parents and caregivers to navigate their child’s nutrition. Here, certified childhood and adolescent weight management expert Alison Precourt, RD, CDE, a clinical nutritionist at

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Home Remedies for Flu

There are many traditional and non-traditional home remedies people use to feel more comfortable and able to rest as cold and flu viruses run their course. Try a few of the following suggestions next time you’re feeling ill, but check with your primary health care provider before starting any new

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Who Gets Screened for Lung Cancer? More Patients Now.

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7 Tips for Halloween Safety

While Halloween can be a very exciting time for children and parents, it can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year. In fact, Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians. Children are three times more likely to be struck and killed by a car on Halloween, according to

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