November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects five million Americans. It damages the brain while causing a steady loss of memory, speech impairment, and interference with daily activities. During November, the Alzheimer’s Association recognizes the more than 15 million people in America providing unpaid […]

Concussion is a real ‘buzzword’ these days. Sports-related concussion is caused by biomechanical forces that causes chemical changes in the brain (the head and brain being moved quickly back and forth. Examples include when two players collide or when a cheerleader falls from the top of a human pyramid). There may be no loss of consciousness. […]

It’s possible to have a concussion and not even realize it, however most people do fully recover with rest or by attending physical or occupational therapy. To tell us more about how to know if you have a concussion and the steps to take to recover are a UVM Medical Center physical therapist, Timothy Bissonette, […]

On August 20 I’m taking my six-year-old daughter to Nashville, Tennessee to see the Great American Eclipse. This is the first eclipse to sweep across both coasts of the United States in 99 years. A partial eclipse will be visible in Vermont, peaking at 2:40 p.m. on Monday August 21. To see the moon completely block […]

Ten 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. Some of the early warning signs include: Memory changes that disrupt daily […]

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 […]

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 women than men. Use of birth control pills, pregnancy, history of preeclampsia/eclampsia or gestational diabetes, oral contraceptive use, and smoking, […]

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 […]