November is National Family Caregivers Month. In the United States, more than 15 million informal caregivers, primarily family, provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s disease. It can take a devastating toll. Studies show that caregivers have higher rates of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and cardiovascular disease. Caregiving is truly one of the ultimate acts of […]

When the UVM Medical Center’s Frederick C. Binter Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disordersopened, an immediate goal was to provide more exercise opportunities for patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Studies show exercise is helpful for the movement challenges that come with the disease, but there is also evidence that additional barriers to exercise exist, […]

Diabetic retinopathy is a disease that affects nearly 8 million Americans and is a leading cause of blindness in adults. In the latest episode of HealthSource Radio, Dr. Christopher Brady talks about the disease. Brady is an ophthalmologist at the UVM Medical Center and assistant professor at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM. Listen to […]

How can the organisms in your gut affect your brain? Your gut contains 2.2 pounds of microorganisms. Bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses all share real estate in the lining of your intestine. These organisms make up your intestinal microbiome. We observe changes to the intestinal microbiome in a variety of neurologic and psychiatric diseases. They include […]

Scleroderma is a chronic disease that leads to skin fibrosis (“thickening”) and blood vessel changes. The exact cause is unknown. It affects the skin, joints, lungs, kidneys, heart, and gastrointestinal tract. It most commonly affects middle-aged women. How do you diagnose scleroderma? The diagnosis is based mainly on symptoms and physical exam. Laboratory testing helps […]