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Tips to Keep High Blood Pressure Under Control

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High blood pressure, or hypertension is known as the “silent killer” because most people never have any symptoms.  If left untreated for several years, high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and kidney failure – all of which may significantly impact quality of life or even be fatal. What is my …Read More

Comparing Apples and Oranges: Thoughts on the Recent Consumer Reports Hospital Survey

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I am a self-professed data geek.  Math, comparing data sets, the mechanics of how to draw valid conclusions, statistics – all were early interests of mine.  As my education progressed through college, medical school, residency and fellowship, the variety of data available, the process of deciding what was relevant and valid and which elements should …Read More

Vermont Children’s Hits the “Sweet Spot” for Quality Medical Care

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Having grown up in Vermont in a “medical family,” I thought that I knew the quality of our local health care system. It wasn’t until I joined the Vermont Children’s Hospital as an employee however, that I saw just how every member of the healthcare team is dedicated, compassionate, knowledgeable and friendly. The recent recognition …Read More

Guest Blogger: A Better Understanding of the Essence of Medicine

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In late May, I and 13 other community members had the opportunity to participate in the Community Rounds Internship Program at Fletcher Allen.  In addition to learning specific things about the hospital, such as infection rates, we all had an opportunity to shadow different health care providers.  I had the very good fortune of being …Read More

Breast Milk: the First and Best Choice for NICU Patients

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The best food an infant can receive after birth is breast milk. This is especially true with a premature or sick infant, who has the added challenge of needing the best nutrition so that they can grow, as well as fight infection. We do all we can at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at …Read More