Living with epilepsy can be a challenging experience, mostly due to the unpredictable timing of the next “event.” An event may disrupt a work routine, prevent one from driving, or inflict serious injury. The patient, their loved ones, and their physicians try to do everything to prevent that next “event” – the breakthrough seizure. Medical […]

Yoga has long been recognized as healing practice for the body and the mind. Until recently, it sat on the fringes of Western society. Yoga was introduced to the West in the late 1800s by yogis from India. It gained momentum in the 1920s, was practiced by Hollywood in the 40s and 50s, picked steam […]

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Click here to learn more about Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation at the UVM Medical Center.  Like many Vermonters, this winter I slipped on the ice and fell. I didn’t sustain a brain injury, but the fear always lurks and makes me terrified of winter weather. My family jokes that I […]

We all have moments when our memory fails us. What is that person’s name? Who was the actress in the last James Bond movie? Why am I going to the pantry? We call them “senior moments.” We think we can’t do much about them. But, while it’s true that we are not able to cure […]

On Sunday, September 27, 2015, Vermont will host its first-ever walk for Myasthenia Gravis to raise awareness about it and raise funds to support vital research. Join us for some fun at Oakledge Park at 9:00 a.m. to support this important cause. What is Myasthenia Gravis? Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a rare, autoimmune disorder that causes […]

For the past five years, my grandmother has been living with Alzheimer’s disease. She is one of five million Americans who have Alzheimer’s disease and of those people, two-thirds — or roughly three million individuals — are women. While these statistics are astounding, there is a very human element of watching my grandmother decline over […]

Some degree of memory loss is a normal part of the aging process. Mild cognitive impairment, on the other hand, is associated with one or more abnormalities on neuropsychological testing, and may represent the earliest stage of Alzheimer’s disease. What’s normal? Memory changes occur as part of normal aging, and generally occur after the age […]

Alzheimer’s is an insidious presence in the community. The dreaded “A” word looms large in the minds of many. You will be hard pressed to walk a block without encountering Alzheimer’s disease at work. It is in Vermont cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Think of the your harried neighbor, her arms loaded with a week’s worth […]

June is a time to provide our community with an opportunity to join the global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, a fatal disease that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. During the June, the Alzheimer’s Association® asks people […]

May is Stroke Awareness Month. The UVM Medical Center encourages our community to take the following steps to prevent stroke! When it comes to stroke, there are many risk factors that are beyond your control, including being over age 55; being a female (each year, women have more strokes than men, and stroke kills more […]