In the past few years you may have heard of mindfulness. It has been proposed as a treatment for anxiety, depression, and generally getting the most enjoyment out of life. This concept of mindfulness seems to be everywhere from medical research, to TV, to news articles, but what does it really mean and where did […]

Influenza is a viral infection. It that causes many symptoms that can range from mild (runny nose, cough) to severe (pneumonia and respiratory failure). Did you know that about 30,000 people die from influenza infection every year in the United States alone! The virus develops changes in its genes. That’s the reason that the vaccine […]

For the past decade, when Vermonters think about tickborne diseases, they think Lyme disease. And this is for a good reason. In 2016, Vermont had the second highest rate of Lyme disease cases in the United States. However, in the past several years, Vermonters have started to ask questions about other tickborne diseases. Here, I […]

Is your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking? If so, we have some great advice and strategies for you. Watch this interview with Elias Klemperer from the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health. Eli shares a number of different tips. See what works best for you. You can do this! Visit 802Quits.org for resources and support. […]

One older American falls every second of every day. This was reported in a 2016 study publication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), making falls the number one cause of injury and injury-related death for older Americans. Bad falls that cause serious injury can occur out of the blue, but for most people, […]

Influenza, or the flu, is a viral infection that affects 5 percent to 20 percent of the US population every year. That’s up to 60 million people. With this many people affected each year, it’s good to know how to reduce your chances of getting the flu, such as making sure you get your annual […]

Hand sanitizer, such as Purell, is a product for cleaning your hands when you don’t have soap and water. They kill germs, like viruses and bacteria, helping to stop the spread of colds and the flu. Some brands use alcohol to kill the germs, while others use different chemicals. Hand sanitizer is very safe when […]

Late last month, I headed out for an evening meeting at 6 p.m. The sunset was gorgeous. It was bittersweet to think that at that time in September, we still had an hour of daylight left. With the change of the clocks and shortening of days, sunset is earlier and sunrise is later. It’s important […]

If you have ongoing and recurring heartburn it may be a sign that you have GERD: gastroesophagael reflux disease. GERD occurs when stomach acid and gastric contents wash back into your esophagus and throat. It’s important to know that having heartburn from time to time does not mean you have GERD. You may experience heartburn […]