June is a time to provide our community with an opportunity to join the global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, a fatal disease that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. During the June, the Alzheimer’s Association® asks people […]

How do we assess the health of our communities? Is it about our physical health? Our economic health? Our social connections? Now, is the perfect time to ask these questions. Why? This week, The UVM Medical Center joins with colleagues from across the country to support the Fifth Annual “Community Health Improvement Week,” created by […]

In November 2014, Mental Health America, a mental health advocacy group, published what it describes as its first annual report to provide a more complete picture of the mental health status in America. Titled “Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015,” the report attempts to establish a baseline from which they […]

Taking your child to the pediatrician is something most of us take for granted. But for families living in low and middle-income countries where there is a lack of medical professionals, a trip to the doctor may seem as out of reach as winning the lottery. This is a major reason why over 3.5 million […]

May 6-12, 2015 is National Nurses Week, hosted by the American Nurses Association.  Nursing is the most trusted profession in America. According to the annual Gallup poll, nurses have been at the top of the list for twelve of the last thirteen years. That is one good reason to honor nurses with recognition during National […]

Nursing is a tremendously varied profession. Nurses are involved in almost every aspect of health care – in many instances leading change and innovation in quality and patient safety. I am proud to be a nurse. I chose to be a trauma nurse. The pace, the immediacy and the impact that I could have were […]

This March, a team of doctors, nurses, and biomedical engineers from the University of Vermont Medical Center joined Team Heart, a medical mission in Rwanda to care for young people with rheumatic heart disease. Team Heart was founded eight years ago by a cardiac surgeon and nurse in Boston who recognized the plight of young […]

I am the mother of an almost 5-year-old girl with leukemia. I am also a primary care physician at the University of Vermont Medical Center. I support the removal of the philosophical exemption to vaccination by the Vermont Legislature. My daughter Merin just endured 9 months of toxic chemotherapy and their side effects. Thankfully, she […]

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This month, we will publish stories from real people dealing with alcoholism. Click this link to view all of our alcohol-related resources and tools. Please also visit Alcoholics Anonymous in Vermont. Our third and final personal story is from Peter.  As a teenager, I already feared that I was corrupting myself […]