Is snoring normal? Snoring is certainly common. In the over 65 age group, about 45% of men and 30% of women snore. Though not necessarily normal it can be benign (not risky to your health). More and more people are snoring now that our average body weights are increasing. Snoring is caused by obstruction of […]

Kids need sleep. Without enough of it, they are at increased risk for behavioral problems, attentional difficulties and even obesity. The amount of sleep a child needs is variable and generally depends on the child’s age. The National Sleep Foundation reports that, on average, children need the following amount of sleep: Below 12 months of […]

Much attention has been given in recent years to the risks of sleep apnea and its impact on health and loss of sleep quality, but there is a much more influential factor contributing to sleep loss, affecting nearly every home in the United States. You’re using it right now: Household light, especially that emitted by […]

What is asthma? Asthma is a common disorder of the airways in the lungs.  It is a chronic health issue that can significantly affect the ability to breathe.  Symptoms of asthma can range from fatigue to cough to wheezing or tightness in the chest and may occur in the cold, with exercise, at night or […]

May is ATV Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were approximately 340 All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)-related deaths and 97,200 ATV-related injuries treated at emergency departments in the United States in 2015. Approximately 20% of all ATV-related fatalities since 1982 have occurred among children under the age of 16 It’s ATV […]

You may have heard that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned antibacterial soaps for household use. You may have wondered: why or how you will effectively clean your hands? This FDA ruling was shocking to many because antibacterial soaps have been widely used for many years and it was commonly believed that antibacterial soaps […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Join David Rettew, MD, for a Facebook Live broadcast on May 15, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the University of Vermont Medical Center Facebook Page.  When I was first asked to write a blog post on how to assess one’s own mental health, I first thought […]

In celebration of mothers and Mother’s Day, we asked the University of Vermont Medical Center’s labor nurses, postpartum nurses, and nurse-midwives to share their thoughts on motherhood and helping others become mothers. Amelie Thurston, Labor and Delivery Nurse “Being present for the experience of birth and becoming a mother is an endlessly awe-inspiring privilege. No […]

It finally feels like spring, so it’s time to start thinking about preventing tick bites. Over the past 15 years, the rates of Lyme disease have been rising in Vermont. For the past several years, there have been more than 400 Vermonters each year diagnosed with Lyme disease. In 2015, Vermont had the highest number of […]

Several years ago, I traveled to India to learn more about road safety risks. Like many growth regions of the world, India has many road safety challenges, so it might be easy to think we are pretty fortunate in the United States. But, the estimated road traffic death rate (per 100,000 population, 2013 data) was […]