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Caregivers Need a Little Care, Too! – Recognizing Signs it’s Time to Seek Help

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In my role as the Community Health Team social worker, I am honored to work with some amazing and hardworking caregivers.  Many of the caregivers I work with are spouses and adult children trying to adjust to this new role and incorporate it into their current life.   The complexities of taking on this role can often lead to high levels of stress, …Read More

First With Kids: Have a (Safe) Blast on the Fourth of July!

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TRANSCRIPT: With July 4th coming up, parents have been firing off lots of questions about whether or not they should allow their older children to light fireworks, even the smaller types.  Let me see if I can shoot off some information on this topic.

Here’s to Not Winging It: the Benefits of Clinical Simulation (Part 1)

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Would any of us get on a commercial airliner if we knew the pilots had never set foot in a flight simulator?  It seems we all know that is the way pilots train and stay current.  But what’s the big deal?  All we want them to do is fly straight and level and land on …Read More

Know your Status: Get Tested!

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Monday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, and it’s hard to believe that we’ve been aware of HIV and AIDS for thirty years.  On June 5, 1981, a report of five cases of a rare pneumonia seen only in people severely immunosuppressed appeared in the Centers for Disease Control Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report …Read More

Lawn Mower Injuries – Safeguarding Your Child

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Every year, approximately 37,000 people are injured in lawn mower accidents – and 9000 of them are children. As a plastic surgeon at Fletcher Allen, I see the devastating effects of these injuries: reconstructive surgery, long hospital stays, permanent disfigurement and disability, or even amputation of a body part.

Marching to the Beat of Community Support: Join Vermont Children’s Hospital During Parade Season!

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The summer season – or as we call it, “parade season” – is a very busy time for the Vermont Children’s Hospital.  Many VCH staff and patients are invited to represent our children’s hospital at a variety of community events including the YMCA Kids Day, parades for Kids Day, Memorial Day, and other occasions, as …Read More

No Longer a Safe Port in the Storm: Our ED Director’s Response to 45 Seconds: Memoirs of an ER Doctor from May 22, 2011

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When I read this incredibly moving blog by Kevin Sitka, MD, an emergency physician on duty at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO when an EF-5 tornado struck the hospital on May 22 – I experienced a number of different emotions. First, I was truly impressed with the writer and his ability to …Read More

First With Kids: Gear Up For Bike Safety

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It’s the time of year when kids are hopping on their bikes more and more, so parents have been pedaling lots of questions at me about bicycle safety.  Well, let me see if I can gear-up and answer some of those questions.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

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Are you a woman who is experiencing symptoms like low back pain and pressure in your pelvic area?  You could have pelvic organ prolapse, a condition caused by a weakness in the connective tissue of the vaginal walls and the tissues supporting the uterus. While it is not dangerous, it can have a significant impact …Read More

First With Kids: Easy to Digest Advice on Picky Eaters

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Transcript: That being said, if you want to get your child or toddler to try a new food, I have some suggestions: Set a good example. If you show your child you are willing to enjoy trying a new food with them, they are more apt to eat that food. If it is a food …Read More