Every year the Northern New England Poison Center helps patients who have become sick after misidentifying mushrooms that they picked to eat. Among NNEPC cases, mistakes made while foraging are the second most common cause of serious mushroom poisonings, behind only people who get sick after taking psychedelic mushrooms on purpose. And foraging mistakes don’t […]

National Suicide Prevention Week occurs this year from September 9-15, including World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. This is an important time to focus attention on what remains a serious public health concern that all too frequently remains hidden. Here are some myths and facts about suicide that are important to remember: MYTH: Suicide […]

In January of 2017, Anya Koutras, MD, packed her bags and traveled to Ddegaya, Uganda for the first time. Ddegaya is a rural town five hours south of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. In Ddegaya, Anya volunteered at Engeye, a non-profit health clinic for the surrounding rural community. First Day in Uganda On Anya Koutras’ […]

Did you know that 1 in 3 people will develop shingles at some point during their lifetime? In the United States, there are an estimated 200,000 cases of shingles documented every year. While prevented by vaccination, it is important to know how to avoid the virus. Read this article to learn more about shingles and […]

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. It’s the day that the World Health Organization and its partners highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use. Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and other products containing nicotine are bad for our health. They may result in long-term risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. They may also […]