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Cybersecurity: Staying Safe at the Scanner - A Recent Experience with Credit Card Fraud

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Many of us hold our credit and debit cards near and dear to our hearts. After all, these little pieces of plastic are direct lines to our bank accounts and, therefore, our personal information. While we go through our day making sure we keep them safe in our wallets and purses, most credit card ...Read More

Engineering Energy Savings at Fletcher Allen Health Care

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In today’s sustainability-minded society, we often assume that expensive alternative energies are the best way to “go green.” But through my work as Director of Facilities Management, I’ve learned that we can significantly reduce energy use by simply re-engineering our existing infrastructure. In recognition of National Health Care Facilities and Engineering Week (October 19–24, 2014), ...Read More

Civic Health: Don’t Forget to Vote -- Or, Confessions of an Army Brat

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So any of my friends who read this will say, “Of course we knew she was a brat – nothing new there!”  But there’s a reason for that:  I’m a proud Army brat, daughter of a career soldier who started out in the National Guard and then joined the full-time ranks at the dawn ...Read More

Recipe for Health: Homemade Crockpot Baked Beans

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Ingredients 3 cups dried white Navy beans 1 ½ cups ketchup 1 ½ cups water ¼ cup molasses 1 large onion, chopped 1 tablespoon dry mustard, or 3 tablespoons regular mustard 1 tablespoon salt 1 cup brown sugar Instructions Follow directions on package of beans (or see back of this recipe card) to cook ...Read More

Even Healthy People Can Get the Flu — Get Your Flu Vaccine Today!

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I work as a health educator in the Community Health Improvement Department at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Educating people to make healthy choices and to take measures to prevent illness is what we do; however, it took me a few years to realize that by not getting the flu vaccine, I was putting not only myself at risk ...Read More

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: How Can You Protect Your Electronic Data?

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October is a beautiful month in Vermont, with all the amazing colors of fall. This time of year, most people think of pumpkins, the changing leaves, hot cider and Halloween.  But there are other things October brings to mind. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and – for those of us who spend our ...Read More

The Silent Killer: Do You Know What Venous Thrombosis Is? You Should.

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We have made great strides over the past 2-3 decades in reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases in the United States and elsewhere. However, a menacing threat to health is not well known to people: venous thrombosis.  This consists of blood clots forming abnormally in the leg veins (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) or the ...Read More

Enterovirus D68: What Vermonters Need to Know

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Enterovirus D68 (also known as EV-D68) is in the news as it has now affected children in forty-four states. Parents want to know what it is – and what they can do to help prevent infection in their own children. We’re here to answer your questions. First off, what is enterovirus? Enteroviruses are a ...Read More

Deep Vein Thrombosis: Do You Know Who Rudolf Virchow is?

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Register for our October 13, 2014 program “The ABC’s of DVT – Raising Awareness of Blood Clots. Red nose? Wrong Rudolf! We’ll celebrate that one later. October 13 is when we remember the exceptional mind and career of the 19th century German physician born on that day, here at Fletcher Allen Health Care in ...Read More

Surviving Cancer: Why I Attend the Breast Cancer Conference -- And How You Can Follow Along!

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The 17th Annual Breast Cancer Conference happens on Friday, October 10 at the Sheraton in Burlington. Join us to discuss choices and voices in breast and women’s health! You can follow along and participate in the conversation by following Fletcher Allen Health on Twitter at twitter.com/fletcherallen and using the Twitter hashtag #vtbcc. Two years ago I ...Read More