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6 Reasons Why We Love Bell Peppers

You can’t walk through the produce section of a grocery store without seeing multiple varieties of bell peppers. Bell Peppers: Why They Are Awesome! Here’s are six reasons why these nutritional powerhouses are a great addition to your diet: While most people think of bell peppers as vegetables, their seed-bearing nature classifies them as fruit. […]

Heading off Concussion Concerns

Parents of children playing contact sports have been heading me off at the pass asking me if they need to worry after their child has had a concussion. What is a concussion? A concussion is a temporary loss of brain function due to a direct injury to the head and a shifting of the brain […]

What is an End-of-Life Doula?

Knee-deep in research for a paper in her Anthropology of Death class, Kelly Coffey noticed a pop-up ad for end-of-life doula training. It felt like an epiphany. “I know it sounds corny,” she says today, “but I feel like this class found me. It was just what I was looking for.” A new program for […]

How to Train for Fall Hikes

As summer turns to fall, temperatures begin to drop and the leaves start to change colors. Both enhance the enjoyment and beauty of taking a hike. For many of us, fall foliage is a motivator to be more physically active, and for some it may be the first time all year that you get out […]

New Ways We’re Showing Our PRIDE

Hippocrates wrote: “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” That sentiment aptly describes the ways in which providers, patients, families and staff work together to make the UVM Medical Center a safe, inclusive and affirming organization for all, including our LGBTQ+ community. We are excited to highlight our […]

First with Kids: Asking Your Child Questions About School

Parents are frequently testing me with the question of how can they better learn what is happening in school, when the usual response to how’s school is “fine” or “nothing happened” to simply end the conversation. So, let me try to take on that assignment and offer some advice. How you ask matters How you […]

6 Ways to Prevent Eye Injuries in Children

More than 19,000 emergency room visits per year in the US are due to eye injuries in children. The most common causes of eye injuries among children are related to recreation. Basketball and baseball/softball are the two most common causes of sports related eye injuries in children. Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is another […]

Through Ezra’s Eyes: One Little Boy’s Journey Through Pediatric Ophthalmology

My name is Susie, and my husband’s name is Paul. Collectively, Ezra is our fifth child. We are a blended family, and I am a “geriatric” mother, an endearing term. I admit I feel it some days as our four older children range from 15-22 years old. It’s a lot of life. Every day. Ezra […]

What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?

September is Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) Awareness Month. Each September, people who have been affected by pulmonary fibrosis come together with the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation to raise awareness about the family of lung diseases that are known as Pulmonary Fibrosis. As a Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network Site (one of only 68 sites in the […]