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Flu Vaccine: The Top 5 Myths Busted

Every flu season, people decide to skip the flu shot, but it’s an important piece of your preventive health care. Here we clear up some of the most common flu falsehoods. Myth #1: The flu is like the common cold – it’s not a big deal. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that is

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6 Health Conditions That Increase Your Risk of Flu

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year, with rare exceptions. But for some groups, it’s especially important. Here are the top six health conditions that increase your chances of getting the flu

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Moving the Health Care Needle

From a conference room in the clinic of The University of Vermont Medical Center’s Comprehensive Pain Program, Jon Porter, MD, discusses the challenge of treating chronic pain. The condition can impact every aspect of a person’s life, Dr. Porter notes: work, family roles, social relationships and

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Pumpkin Spice: Beyond the Hype

One of the most popular fall flavors is pumpkin, from pumpkin bread to pie to the ever-so-popular pumpkin spice latte. But, do PSL lovers know what is in each sip? Let’s break down the pumpkin spice latte and try a healthy alternative snack. What’s In Your Latte? A typical, store-bought pumpkin

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Monkeypox: A Cause for Concern?

Jessie Leyse, MD, MPH is an infectious disease expert at UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center. What is Monkeypox (MPV)? Dr. Leyse: Monkeypox (MPV) is a rare virus spread through close contact with an infected individual, or contact with contaminated fabrics. The virus is usually

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Care at Home Helps Children Thrive

Henry’s long blond hair bobs back and forth as he tries to hold his head up. Making a series of grunts, the two-year-old squishes up his face as he tries to stand up straight while clutching a giant foam block. Sitting beside him, with a hand on his back and his belly, Andrea Buteau, who has a

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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

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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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