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Breast Cancer: What to do if You Find a Lump

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For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I will be writing a weekly blog on issues related to breast health. As a surgical oncologist treating breast cancer I hope to share some insights that may be of interest and help to our patient community. Susan, a 40-year-old business woman and mother of two, receives a call ...Read More

Pink Ribbon Cooking: Apple & Celery Salad With Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette

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Intimately touched by his wife’s breast cancer diagnosis and the loss of her mother to lung cancer, Curtiss now channels his professional skills and time toward raising awareness and supporting organizations that are on the frontline in the fight against cancer. Learn more at www.pinkribboncooking.com.  From Chef Curtiss: The combination of apples should change with ...Read More

In Your Eyes: How to Alleviate Eye Strain & Dry Eyes Caused by Computer Use

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Do you feel like your eyes are slowing you down? Do you spend your days in front of the computer, only to find that your tired eyes say the day is over when there are still hours left to work? You are not alone! Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common eye ...Read More

New Vermont Law Bans Hand Held Electronic Devices While Driving

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On October 1, 2014, Vermont will have a new law pertaining to portable electronic devices while driving. This law is designed to reduce distracted driving, a dangerous phenomenon which is unfortunately becoming increasingly common – and deadly – both in Vermont and across the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving causes ...Read More

Recipe for Health: Maple Roasted Parsnips

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Although they may look similar, parsnips aren’t just a pale version of the common orange carrot.  They are in related vegetable families, but parsnips and carrots can’t cross-pollinate each other.  Parsnips have a nutty, spicy flavor that carrots lack, and can be described as having a ‘bite.’  They take longer to mature than carrots, ...Read More

Breast Cancer: Why Am I Being Called Back After My Mammogram?

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The Vermont Cancer Center’s 17th Annual Breast Cancer Conference will take place on October 10, 2014. To attend the conference, register here. Elise Hotaling, MD, will be a featured speaker. Being called back from your annual screening mammogram can be stressful. Many questions may race through your mind: Do I have breast cancer? What will happen now? “Why me?” ...Read More

12 Resources to Make Eating Fruits & Veggies Easier

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Eat your fruits and vegetables. You’ve likely heard this statement since childhood. Research shows why it is good advice: Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good ...Read More

Announcing the #MyHealthyHarvest Social Media Giveaway!

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“Eat well,” everyone says. But what does that mean? It’s a question that can’t be answered quickly. Fletcher Allen has created the Healthy Harvest Giveaway, a four-week promotion where you’ll not only learn more about good nutritional habits, you’ll have the chance to win the very stuff you need to eat healthy—and to eat ...Read More

From the Lab: Fletcher Allen Clinical Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

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We are proud to share that the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Fletcher Allen Health Care received re-accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). CAP accreditation is considered one of the best and most rigorous in laboratory medicine, and the staff in the laboratory at Fletcher Allen works hard to reach ...Read More

Food Matters: How & Why We Need to Bring Back the Family Table

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The Health Care Share Program at Fletcher Allen Health Care aims to improve access to healthy food for our patients. How? We provide a twelve-week, grant-funded farm share from the farm at Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), a nutrition curriculum, cooking demonstrations, and kitchen tools. Now in our second season, the program serves 130 ...Read More