Many people notice that they are less steady on their feet as they age. Becoming less steady is a normal part of aging, as balance may be affected by arthritis, sensation changes in your legs, and balance receptors in your ears (your ‘vestibular system’) becoming less fluid. When people feel unsteady, they are likely to […]

Falls are not a natural part of aging. Anyone can fall. I tripped up the stairs the other day, landing on my hands and knees. Fortunately, I bruised only my shin and my pride. Unfortunately, as you age the results may be more serious. You are at higher risk of falling again within a year […]

Poisonous plants are all around us. Some plants can be harmful if you touch them, eat them, or burn them. Sometimes, the whole plant is harmful. Other times, just part of a plant is harmful. Young children often put harmful plants in their mouths. Adults sometimes pick harmful plants to eat, thinking they are safe. […]

On August 20 I’m taking my six-year-old daughter to Nashville, Tennessee to see the Great American Eclipse. This is the first eclipse to sweep across both coasts of the United States in 99 years. A partial eclipse will be visible in Vermont, peaking at 2:40 p.m. on Monday August 21. To see the moon completely block […]

Get summer safety tips from Dr. Daniel Weinstein, Medical Director of Urgent Care and Family Medicine Physician at the UVM Medical Center. He tells us about some precautions we can take to stay safe while enjoying the beautiful summer weather in Vermont. Listen to the interview at the link below or read the transcript that […]

More than 80,000 people go to the emergency room each year due to lawn mower injuries. The numbers rise each year. This is troubling and alarming. Young children are at the greatest risk for devastating injuries, reconstructive surgery, permanent disfigurement and disability, or even amputation of a body part. Play an active role in preventing […]

Jet lag can get the best of even the most expert sleeper. So, in this season of summer travel, here is how you can stop jet lag before it stops you. Does this sound like you? You are a stickler for following the rules for maintaining good sleep hygiene: Before you go to sleep, you […]

Summer is here and many Vermonters will spend more time outside. During the warmer months, the Northern New England Poison Center manages many calls about pesticides, such as insect repellants, also known as bug spray. Bug Spray Bug sprays with DEET are effective at preventing bites from mosquitos, ticks, and other pests. They help you avoid pain and […]

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 […]