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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

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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


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

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Ring of Safety: Top 9 Fire Pit Safety Tips

Who doesn’t love a freshly cooked s’more with a perfectly toasted marshmallow? Unfortunately, fire is inherently dangerous, and every year terrible terrible incidents occur. Here, Abby Beerman, an injury prevention coordinator at University of Vermont Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, provides

Injury Prevention Burns Safety Tips

Walking Is Enough

For many of us, the last year and a half disrupted our daily routines, keeping us indoors, separated from friends and family – a recipe for weight gain and depression. So it’s no surprise that doctors like Kimberly Sikule, MD, of University of Vermont Medical Center’s Family Medicine practice in

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Q+A with an Expert: The New Alzheimer’s Drug

On June 7, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first new Alzheimer’s medication in 18 years. Significantly, it is the first approved treatment that’s designed to address the actual disease process and not just dementia symptoms. But aducanumab, which goes by the brand name Aduhelm

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For a Mother and Her Sons, Family Medicine is ‘a personalized experience every step of the way’

Even in the highly technical word of health care, sometimes a patient just wants the emotional support of a simple conversation. That was the case for third-grade teacher Ashley Marlow, who had just learned she was pregnant. Brimming with questions, she’d called around to a number of local obstetric

Women’s Health Pregnancy

Summer School: How to Avoid and Treat Tick Bites

Summertime in Northeast brings green pastures, tall grass, warm weather and, unfortunately, ticks. We see the most tick-borne diseases in May, June and July, but the season really lasts all the way into fall. Now is the time to take extra precautions to prevent those tick bites. Here is how to avoid

Wellness Ticks

Hey Man, These Small Changes Have a Big Impact on Your Health

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we all became more aware that our health can’t be taken for granted. If you’re looking to take more control, Gary Gilmond, MD, an adult primary care physician at University of Vermont Medical Center’s Primary Care practice in Essex, shares seven steps that men can take

Men’s Health Mental Health Wellness COVID-19

Grab Your Towel … and These 10 Tips for Water Safety

Jess Lukas, Director of Aquatics at the Greater Burlington YMCA, offers water safety advice in partnership with the University of Vermont Medical Center and UVM Children’s Hospital. We often say at the YMCA, “The world may be 71 percent water, but children are 100 percent curious.” That’s why, it’s

Children's Health Injury Prevention

'The team's commitment...has been just amazing'

One day in late April, Howard Schapiro, MD, gathered with a group of about 50 nurses, vaccinators, pharmacists and support staff to pose for a group photo. He stood toward the back, cracking a wide smile behind his mask. The photo was a tribute to the people who had worked to set up the COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccines

‘The significance of this work is not lost on anyone’

“Hanging onto the wings of a plane as it flies.” That’s how Nicole Courtois, RN, a nurse at University of Vermont Medical Center, describes the early days setting up the vaccination clinic at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex. In the first month, the group assigned to setting up the clinic, had to

COVID-19 Vaccines

‘The vaccines are a ray of hope’

Think about all the questions you’ve had about the COVID-19 vaccine since it first became available. Now, picture what it would be like if you were the one who had to find the answers. Enter Merideth Plumpton, RN, nurse program coordinator for the State of Vermont’s immunization program. During the

COVID-19 Vaccines

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