Approximately 250,000 people per year in the U.S. develop asthma because of weight gain. Asthma is often thought of as a disease of children, who have difficulty breathing when their airways constrict in response to infections, exercise and allergies – and that is one type of asthma. However, we live in a time when many […]

As we gear up for the summer and warmer temperatures, I’d like to talk about the danger of heatstroke and the possibility of overheating occurring if a child is left unattended in a vehicle. Most people are not aware that children are more susceptible to heatstroke because their bodies heat up much faster than adults’ […]

One in six Americans could get sick from food poisoning this year. Before you set out for your next picnic or barbecue, be aware of potential food-related poisonings. During the summer months, foodborne illnesses are on the rise. Bacteria and viruses are the most common cause of food poisoning. Food poisoning is an illness caused […]

Biking season is here. As a biking enthusiast, I enjoy seeing people out recreating on their bikes or using them as their primary mode of transportation. As the Injury Prevention Coordinator for the UVM Medical Center, what I don’t enjoy seeing is people on their bikes without a helmet. Nationally, more than 500,000 people visit to the […]

Every summer, the University of Vermont Medical Center Division of Plastics and Reconstruction Surgery provides trauma reconstructive care to children who have been injured by lawn mowers. This year, we want to reach out to families and urge them to reconsider how they mow their lawns when there are children around. It is our hope that […]

This is the time of high school graduations. Many of these young adults will be spending perhaps their last summer at home before going off to college, while others will be entering the workforce. Some will have their next step securely in place, while others may be less sure about what to do for the […]

Summer in Vermont is the season for fresh berries, sweet corn, glorious hikes, swimming in the lake, and, unfortunately, it is also a season to worry about developing Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacterium is transmitted to humans through the bite of a deer tick. […]

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and in the spring and summer we all need to be vigilant about preventing tick bites. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease each year. Lyme disease is on the rise in Vermont. According to the Vermont Department of Health, before […]

Summer time is fast-approaching and that means warmer weather, longer daylight hours and more time outside. It’s the time of year when parents take kids to the park or on overnight camping trips. It’s a great time for families. But it also marks an increase in serious campfire-related injuries. When I first started treating pediatric […]