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 […]

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 Center, snacking can be […]

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 mysterious disease. What are the symptoms of migraine? As Dr. Sprouse […]

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 , offers his advice for avoiding injury by picking – […]