As we age we lose muscle and strength, a medical term known as sarcopenia. As our muscles get smaller, we become weaker. The loss of strength is consistent with a loss of mobility and independence. The quality and quantity of daily consumption of protein are important in slowing this progression. Here’s why and how. What […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult for you to overcome insomnia? What we know about insomnia is that it is pervasive. Ten to twenty percent of people in the United States have chronic insomnia, and there are similar estimates worldwide. Of the millions of people who struggle with sleepless nights, some experience […]

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 National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month. Fifty-four million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass, putting them at risk for broken bones. Osteoporosis-related bone breaks cost patients, their families and the healthcare system $19 billion annually. When I ask women about what they fear the most about osteoporosis, they answer that it is the curvature […]

May is Arthritis Awareness Month. Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis or joint inflammation. Learn more about arthritis care at The UVM Medical Center. Is arthritis treatable or reversible? To answer this question we must first better understand what we mean when we use the term.  The musculoskeletal system is composed of bones that are linked […]

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 […]

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 […]