The death rate for cervical cancer has dropped by more than 50 percent over the past three decades. Clara Keegan, MD, explains more about the disease, the changes in vaccination and screening that caused the decrease, and what treatment options are available. Listen to the interview or read the transcript below. UVM Medical Center: Among […]

Huntington’s disease is an inherited disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in your brain. It can cause rapid jerky body movements, personality changes, behavior problems, memory loss, and profound physical decline. The symptoms can appear at any time in life. They usually occur in those aged 40 to 60. There’s no cure for […]

There is a major problem for cancer patients to worry about when they start chemotherapy: a blood clot. They are the third most common cardiovascular illness. Some blood clots are preventable. That said, prevention includes the use of blood thinners, which can increase the chances for bleeding. Ideally, doctors would be able to tell which cancer patients are […]

As a pathologist, I often get questions from friends or family members about autopsies. Most of the information available to the public is through TV shows like CSI, which, although entertaining, aren’t very realistic and neglect to show the non-forensic side of autopsy pathology. At the University of Vermont Medical Center, our hospital autopsy service […]

May is Better Speech-Language and Hearing Month. We thank our audiologists and speech-language pathologists for the incredible work they do everyday at the University of Vermont Medical Center! Communication disorders are among the most common conditions in adults and children, costing the United States billions annually due to lost work productivity, special education, and medical treatment. At […]

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week takes place April 24 – 30, 2016. We salute our incredible clinical laboratory team for their continued excellence. Jessica Salamy, a medical laboratory scientist, explains what it is like to work in this profession.  “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading […]

Some degree of memory loss is a normal part of the aging process. Mild cognitive impairment, on the other hand, is associated with one or more abnormalities on neuropsychological testing, and may represent the earliest stage of Alzheimer’s disease. What’s normal? Memory changes occur as part of normal aging, and generally occur after the age […]