Huntington’s disease is an inherited disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in your brain. It can cause rapid jerky body movements, personality changes, behavior problems, memory loss, and profound physical decline. The symptoms can appear at any time in life. They usually occur in those aged 40 to 60. There’s no cure for […]

You may have heard of Lou Gehrig’s Disease,  Multiple Sclerosis and Muscular Dystrophy, but you might not have heard about another neuromuscular disease: Myasthenia Gravis, or MG. It’s a breakdown in the normal communication between your nerves and voluntary muscles that will cause weakness, fatigue, and a loss of function. For many patients, it can make […]

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia accounting for approximately 70% of dementia diagnoses. Other forms of dementia include Vascular dementia, Dementia with Lewy Body and Frontotemporal dementia. While each disease has its own unique trajectory, some of the symptoms are similar. In addition to memory loss, one of the most common challenges […]

According to the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, 10.4 percent of Vermonters aged 45 and over report they are experiencing confusion or memory loss that is happening more often or is getting worse. Despite the concern, nearly three-quarters of them report they have not talked to a health care professional about it. […]

Much attention has been given in recent years to the risks of sleep apnea and its impact on health and loss of sleep quality, but there is a much more influential factor contributing to sleep loss, affecting nearly every home in the United States. You’re using it right now: Household light, especially that emitted by […]

Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death in Vermont. Unlike any of the other top causes of death, such as heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease or stroke, Alzheimer’s is the only cause in the top ten without any viable health care treatment aimed to prevent, slow, or treat the disease. (Learn more about the prevalence of […]

Register for our free class “MIND-ful Eating for Brain Health,” at which we will focus on the principles of the MIND Diet and how to modify your current food pattern to maximize potential benefits for brain health. The class takes place on April 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the University of Vermont […]

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 […]