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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

Wellness Flu Vaccines

Breast Cancer: What We Know Today

Screening Technology has allowed physicians to capture much clearer images of women’s breast tissue, particularly those who have what is referred to as “dense” breasts. Breast density refers to the amount of fibrous or glandular tissue vs. fatty tissue in a woman’s breast. About half of women over

Cancer Women’s Health Breast Cancer

Snacking Can Be Good For You

Snacks get a bad rap. They’re often prepackaged and loaded with salt and sugar. But where they lose points for nutrition, they win for convenience. So how does one make snacking both easy and healthy? According to Bridget Shea, MS, RD, CD, a clinical dietitian at the University of Vermont Medical

Food and Nutrition

Surprising Signs of Depression: 4 Early Clues to Watch For

Summer’s over, but COVID isn’t. And here we all still are, navigating uncharted, yet familiar, pandemic life and its added stress and worry. Sometimes it’s hard to remember a time when things were ‘normal’ and that can be downright depressing. So much has changed in the world around us, that the

Mental Health Depression

10 Minutes is Better Than No Minutes

Exercise… The word itself can spark anxiety for many. It’s easy to come up with excuses to avoid exercise, and even easier to fall into sedentary habits. Dylan Daniels, EP, CCEP, understands. As a Clinical Exercise Physiologist at UVM Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital Daniels’s job

Wellness Fitness

COVID-19 Confusion? 11 Questions Answered

UPDATED 11/22/21 This is an exhausting and confusing time, with endless information – and misinformation – everywhere. Infectious disease expert Cindy Noyes, MD, of the University of Vermont Medical Center sat down with us to help make sense of it all. Should I be concerned about breakthrough

COVID-19

Top Tips for Treating Migraines

Painful, throbbing, debilitating…that’s how the pain is described by those who suffer from migraines. Yet in 56 percent of the population, migraines go undiagnosed. Adam Sprouse Blum, MD, a headache specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Headache Clinic, explains how to combat this

Chronic Conditions Headaches and Migraines

Portraits in Time

Steve Farrar loved to paint portraits as an illustration major at Syracuse University in the early 1980s. But after graduating and launching a career in graphic design, Farrar drifted away from his passion for painting people and faces. He’d just as soon not have had the experience that brought it

Cancer Breast Cancer Patient Stories

Kids and Delta: Everything You Need to Know

Rebecca Bell, MD, is a pediatric intensivist at UVM Children’s Hospital caring for critically ill infants, children and adolescents in Vermont’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). She is also President of the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-VT) and the mother of

Children's Health

Little Kids, Big Backpacks

Finding a backpack that makes the grade when it comes to their child’s comfort and safety is an important first assignment for parents. Lewis First, MD, Chief of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine

Children's Health Injury Prevention First With Kids Back to School Child Safety

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

With back-to-school season right around the corner, some parents of five-year-olds wonder whether their child is ready to enter kindergarten. The decision is best made based upon a child’s developmental readiness. Lewis First, MD, Chief of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital

Children's Health First With Kids Back to School

Stress Tested: How to Cope After a Very Long Year

For well over a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our ability to handle our stress and anxiety. We have all carried the mental load of pandemic life and loss and are now struggling to process and heal. In this Q+A, Aron Steward, Ph.D., Chief of Psychology at the UVM Health Network –

Mental Health

If You Haven’t Been Vaccinated Yet, Now’s the Time

Q: What is the delta variant? The delta variant is a new version of COVID-19 that transmits much more easily from person to person, about twice as much as the original virus. Q: Am I at risk if I haven’t been vaccinated? Yes. We know that the delta variant can spread like wildfire, particularly

COVID-19

Simple Steps to Prevent Dementia

Many of those with family members suffering with dementia live in quiet fear of one day developing the disease themselves. But Steele Taylor, MD, neurologist and co-director of the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Memory Program, tells his patients to stop worrying and instead take action; he

Aging Well Food and Nutrition Alzheimer's and Dementia Recipes Diet

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