The average young person in the U.S. and in Vermont initiates sexual activity for the first time at age 17. To help young people choose safe and healthy sexual relationships, we must provide education and support regarding prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STIs are a common cause of disease in sexually active adolescents. They […]

At any given moment in the day, 800,000 drivers are on the road AND using their cell phones. There are many reasons people have for using their phones: getting directions, taking an important call, returning a text and taking pictures – just to name a few. We all know using a cell phone while driving […]

It turns out that April 3-9 was National Window Safety Week, and parents have been looking out to me to offer some tips on this topic that will not be viewed as just a pane in the glass. No matter whether you live – on the first floor or an upper floor in a house […]

The death rate for cervical cancer has dropped by more than 50 percent over the past three decades. Clara Keegan, MD, explains more about the disease, the changes in vaccination and screening that caused the decrease, and what treatment options are available. Listen to the interview or read the transcript below. UVM Medical Center: Among […]

We all enjoy being out and about as spring gets underway. And with more warm weather comes more children – and more dogs – outside in the same yard, field or just walking down the street. Believe it or not, more than 4.5 million dog bites happen each year. If you want to take the […]

Torticollis, or “twisted neck” refers to a tightening of the muscles on one side of an infant’s neck. It results in a side-bent and rotated head and neck position. In babies, torticollis is common, and can range from mild to extreme. The good news is that through physical therapy, the effects of torticollis can be […]

At what point does shyness become social anxiety disorder, activity become ADHD, or quirkiness become autism? These important questions occupy not only parents trying to do right by their kids, but also mental health professionals who are asked to render opinions about the presence or absence of psychiatric disorders.  When parents bring in their child […]

Immigrants and refugees have been in the news a lot lately due to our current presidential administration’s policies. Since 1989, more than 6,000 people have come to Vermont through a federal refugee resettlement program. Listen to an interview with Andrea Green, MD, director of the Pediatric New American Clinic at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.  She […]