Many modern consumer products include phthalates: food containers, construction materials, clothing, cosmetics, and medications. Phthalates are not chemically linked to other ingredients in these products, so they can easily leak out of them. As a result, people are exposed to them without realizing it. For example, skin absorbs the phthalates in makeup. Phthalates in plastic […]

More than 65 percent of senior adults who come into the emergency room are seen for injuries they sustained at home, usually due to a fall. As vision and balance decline with age, the risk of falls increases for older people in the home. Falls Prevention: Making a Home Safe Let’s learn how to make our […]

If you are a woman who has recently had a mammogram, you may have received a letter from your radiologist (actually signed by me) recommending that your next mammogram be in one year. You may also have seen in your MyHealth account (the UVM Medical Center patient portal) that you are not due for screening […]

It’s Fire Prevention Awareness this October. It’s a great time to review common hazards and tips. For more information please watch our video. Fire Hazard #1: Outlets Full of Cords Our Concern: There is an outlet overloaded with cords near the radiator and long curtains. Suggestions: Power bars with surge protectors are a good alternative […]

Aging skin. It’s something we will all deal with as we get older. I frequently tell my patients “the more birthdays we acquire, the more bumpy, wrinkled, scaly, saggy, and spotty we become.” There are different types of skin aging we go through. They are due to extrinsic and intrinsic factors. Extrinsic factors are based on what […]

“Calcifications.” That’s the word that Jen Berg remembers in the phone call that informed her she would need a biopsy following her mammogram. Flash forward a few days on from there, and she had received a diagnosis of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Intraductal Carcinoma, and within days she was scheduled to meet with the team at […]

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. […]