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 […]

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 […]