May is National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month. Fifty-four million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass, putting them at risk for broken bones. Osteoporosis-related bone breaks cost patients, their families and the healthcare system $19 billion annually. When I ask women about what they fear the most about osteoporosis, they answer that it is the curvature […]

Ransomware. The mere name sounds ominous, and the effects it can potentially have are drastic. You might have heard in the news about several health care organizations being hit by this type of malicious computer attack. The worst case to date involved a health care facility in Los Angeles, California, which, after having its computer […]

May is Arthritis Awareness Month. Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis or joint inflammation. Learn more about arthritis care at The UVM Medical Center. Is arthritis treatable or reversible? To answer this question we must first better understand what we mean when we use the term.  The musculoskeletal system is composed of bones that are linked […]

Preeclampsia is a condition in which a woman develops high blood pressure during the second half of pregnancy. It can be life-threatening for mother and baby and may necessitate early delivery. How is preeclampsia diagnosed and treated? Preeclampsia is diagnosed when a woman with previously normal blood pressure develops high blood pressure. She also begins […]

One of the most common questions parents have about vaccines is whether or not they “cause autism.” While there is no scientific evidence of a link between vaccines and autism, parents continue to see misinformation on social media and hear comments from celebrities and politicians that suggest a link may exist. Recent media coverage has […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Join David Rettew, MD, for a Facebook Live broadcast on May 15, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the University of Vermont Medical Center Facebook Page.  When I was first asked to write a blog post on how to assess one’s own mental health, I first thought […]

In celebration of mothers and Mother’s Day, we asked the University of Vermont Medical Center’s labor nurses, postpartum nurses, and nurse-midwives to share their thoughts on motherhood and helping others become mothers. Amelie Thurston, Labor and Delivery Nurse “Being present for the experience of birth and becoming a mother is an endlessly awe-inspiring privilege. No […]

As a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli, radishes have a host of health benefits but are typically under-appreciated – pushed around on crudité platters until they’re all that’s left and then drowned in ranch dressing to wash them down. They are actually full of nutrients: folate, fiber, riboflavin, and potassium, as well as good amounts of copper, […]

Most kids rack up a lot of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18, so it’s important that parents teach their children how to enjoy fun in the sun safely. With the right precautions, you can greatly reduce your child’s chance of developing skin cancer. Follow these simple rules to protect your family from sunburns […]