Spring has sprung and that might mean so have your allergies. As the bloom begins the pollen is pushed out into the atmosphere and for many that means the beginning of sniffling, sneezing, coughing, dark circles under the eyes, watery and itchy eyes, and asthma exacerbations. What causes allergies? The biggest spring allergy trigger is […]

Click here to register to become an organ donor. You have the power to donate life. April is National Donate Life Month, a perfect time to learn more about organ donation and transplantation and to consider how many people have been saved by organ donation (Hint: 2,150,200 years of life have been saved through 533,329 kidney transplants alone!). Why do […]

Did you know that March is a Brain Awareness Month? In honor of this, let’s look at the connection between the brain and the ear. It is a partnership that is often overlooked, but something that has been researched for years. Hearing essentially occurs in the brain. Think of the ear as a vehicle for getting sound […]

March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 300,000-600,000 people are affected by DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE) in the United States every year. Fatal pulmonary emboli cause more deaths than breast cancer and AIDS combined. What is Deep Vein Thrombosis? Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) […]

March is National Kidney Awareness Month. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a condition that affects about 1 in 10 adults in the US. Varun Agrawal, MD, nephrologist at The University of Vermont Medical Center took time to answer your biggest questions about kidney health. Question: How can one tell if a person’s kidneys are healthy? […]

March 12 is World Kidney Day and March is National Kidney Month, making it a good time to thank our kidneys for what they do – and think about what we can do to keep them healthy. What do kidneys do besides make urine? Kidneys have many important functions. The most obvious is making urine, […]

Have you ever felt a burning pain in your chest? Well, it’s probably heartburn. The pain is often worse when lying down or bending over. Occasional heartburn is common and no cause for alarm. Most people can manage the discomfort on their own with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications, or alternative remedies. (Note: Seek immediate […]

Vermont is one of the healthiest states in the nation, but there’s room for improvement. The latest numbers show that more than 60 percent of adults and 29 percent of children in Vermont are overweight or obese. That’s a problem because excess weight means increased health risk. In fact, two of the major causes of […]