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The Cabbage Advantage: Thinking Beyond Coleslaw

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Cabbage. There are some great ways to add this nutrient-packed vegetable to your diet in ways that go beyond the traditional creamy coleslaw. Cabbage is a good source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. “Cabbage” refers to a family of vegetables that has a mild sweetness and great versatility. With ...Read More

From the Midwife: What is Healthy Weight Gain in Pregnancy?

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Baby weight – it’s a topic that has worried expectant mothers and fueled celebrity magazines for years. How much weight is normal to gain? Let’s change the question. What expectant moms really need to be asking is: how much weight gain is enough for a healthy baby? It’s normal for all women to gain ...Read More

Heading for the Beach or Shore this Summer? Pay Attention & Use Common Sense to Avoid Health Risks

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Each summer, as the days get hotter, more and more folks pack up the kids and head for the water to bask in the sun, swim, boat, fish, and play. Lake Champlain, as well as Vermont’s many other lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, provides abundant and diverse water-related recreational opportunities for young and old ...Read More

Public Health: A Heroin Epidemic Hits Home in Vermont

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Heroin has made a dramatic comeback. The opioid drug has contributed to a spike in drug-related deaths and was the exclusive topic of Vermont Governor Shumlin’s State of the State address in January. The Governor described the problem as a “full-blown heroin crisis” gripping Vermont, and brought the issue to the forefront in Vermont ...Read More

Breast Health: Mammography Has Gone 3D – What You Need To Know

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There has been a lot of buzz recently about three-dimensional mammography, otherwise known as tomosynthesis. While screening mammography is proven to decrease breast cancer deaths, it is far from perfect. Out of every 1,000 mammograms performed, approximately 100 women will need additional testing. Most of these women do not have cancer. When they are ...Read More

Recipe for Health: Spinach and Tomato Pizza Rounds

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Spinach is high in phytonutrients and antioxidants, which research indicates may act as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents in the body. Spinach and Tomato Pizza Rounds (Makes Six Servings) 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/4 cup onions, chopped 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced 1/3 cup fresh tomatoes, diced 1/2 cup baby spinach Salt and pepper, to taste ...Read More

Lyme Disease: How to Protect Yourself This Summer

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Summer in Vermont is the season for fresh berries, sweet corn, glorious hikes, swimming in the lake, and, unfortunately, it is also a season to worry about developing Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacterium is transmitted to humans through the bite of a deer ...Read More

Preparing for Baby: How can I get Breastfeeding off to a Good Start?

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It seems like breastfeeding should be instinctive and natural – and while it is on some levels, it is also something both mothers and babies learn to do.While most parents have not grown up yet seeing babies breastfeed all around them, babies are born with reflexes to help them breastfeed. Here are some hints ...Read More

Tips for Talking with Your Doctor

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The single most important way you can stay healthy is to be an active member of your own health care team. In the past, the patient-doctor relationship was one-directional—the doctor typically took the lead and the patient followed. Today, a good patient-doctor relationship is a partnership. How well you and your doctor talk to ...Read More

Fletcher Allen Named “Best Regional Hospital” for 4th Year – What That Means for Quality of Patient Care

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Fletcher Allen was named a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth year in a row. Additionally, three of our specialty areas – Gynecology, Orthopedics, and Urology – were ranked as “High Performing.” We’re very proud. The rankings are a great reflection on Fletcher Allen – our people, our processes, and ...Read More