September 9, 2014 started with an air of excitement. My friend and I were beginning a two-week backpacking trip around the south island of New Zealand for our mid-semester break while studying abroad. What I didn’t realize when I woke up that morning was that this was also the day that would forever change my […]

When it comes to our health, we typically do not think about being so sick or injured that we would be unable to speak for ourselves. But, a health crisis can happen to anyone and at any age. In fact, three of the most famous cases in medical ethics involved young and previously healthy women: Nancy […]

My treatment at The University of Vermont Medical Center pulled me out of a long year of struggling with a Clostridium difficile infection. I went into my local hospital with a relatively easy to manage condition, and I came out with a major illness that was very hard to treat. I developed the C. Dif […]

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 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. It is one of only a few cancers that may be prevented through screening. Visit the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Web site to learn more. What should […]

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? […]