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Back-to-School Pedestrian and Biking Safety Tips

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By Stacy Jordan Goodbye summer!  It’s off to school we go! September marks the end of a beautiful summer and the excitement of going back to school.  Even if you do not have school-age children, your morning commute may seem more hectic or take longer as you travel through school zones and neighborhoods.  As commuters, …Read More

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

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Folks cite lots of reasons for enjoying life in Vermont, especially in the summer – relatively cool temperatures (most summers), ready access to many forms of recreation and the absence of crowds of people, to name a few.  The latter is a big one for me.  I bristle at a “traffic jam” when it takes …Read More

The Benefits of Acupuncture

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How long has acupuncture been around? Interestingly, acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical practices in the world. As part of a complex Chinese medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore, promote and enhance the natural healing response of the human body and mind. Although the practice of …Read More

Prepping for Accountable Care

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Change is afoot in health care and is assured now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act.  A critical component will be modifications in the way we are reimbursed for services, with the obituary of fee-for-service payments now written and published.  Change is always challenging and frequently involves risks, so the question …Read More

Bearing Witness: Supporting Children When the Parent is the Patient

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Though being a Child Life Specialist at Vermont Children’s Hospital can be emotionally challenging, it can also be immensely rewarding.  As a Child Life Specialist, I am witness to a family’s most intimate and life-altering moments.  Supporting children who are navigating the uncertainties of a serious illness, whether their own or a loved family member, …Read More

Breastfeeding Basics: How-To, Support, and Local Resources

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Editor’s Note:  August 1-7 marks the World Health Organization’s 20th annual recognition of World Breastfeeding Week.  For more information or support regarding breastfeeding, please contact the UVM Medical Group Obstetrics and Midwifery service at Fletcher Allen or your physician. Breast milk is the most nutritionally complete food for babies.  The American Academy of Pediatrics, the World …Read More