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 […]

Patients who come to see child psychiatrists like Dr. Jim Hudziak at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families may leave with a prescription, but it often is not for a medication.  As part of a model he developed called The Vermont Family Based Approach (VFBA), there is increased emphasis on incorporating wellness and […]

World COPD Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) to improve awareness and care of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) around the world. World COPD Day 2014 takes place on November 19 around the theme“It’s Not Too Late.” What is COPD? COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary […]