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Welcome to My House

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I have been a nurse at Fletcher Allen Health Care for 30 years now, but my Fletcher Allen story actually started long before that. You see, I was born here way back in the day, when the Patrick and Smith buildings were the front door of my house. There was no McClure building, or ACC. …Read More

Recipe for Health: Spinach and Tomato Pizza Rounds

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Spinach is high in phytonutrients and antioxidants, which research indicates may act as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents in the body.

Post-Irene Book Children, Trauma, and the Arts Distributed Across Vermont

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The book Children, Trauma, and Arts, a collaborative project  between the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Arts Bus Project is now a resource to us.  The Arts Bus travels from town to town, providing children opportunities to participate in art, theater, and music. After Tropical Storm Irene, the bus visited several affected towns …Read More

Going Without Gluten: Can You Make it Work? (Spoiler Alert: Yes!)

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Gluten is everywhere. You can’t escape it. It’s in bread, cereal, granola bars, pasta, pizza, soups, sauces, gravy, vegetarian “meat”, cookies, cakes, pastries, muffins, ice cream, Chinese food, and even some medicines. What is this food substance everyone is talking about? It’s literally the glue that holds certain foods together (Gluten is from the Latin …Read More

Child Passenger Safety: Common Mistakes Parents Make – And How You Can Fix Them

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The national misuse rate for children’s car seats is an astounding 80 percent; the rate in Vermont is slightly higher at 84 percent. Fletcher Allen now offers a way to help parents correctly use car seats to keep their children safe. Our car seat fitting station is where parent can work with nationally certified technicians …Read More

Recipe for Health: Penne With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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The volatile oils of oregano include thymol and carvacrol, both both of which may inhibit bacterial growth. Oregano also contains phytonutrients which have a greater antioxidant activity per gram fresh weight than apples, potatoes, oranges or blueberries.

Fitness at Home: Creating a Children’s Obstacle Course…With Stuff You Already Have!

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As the summer months wind down, kids may be starting to get a little antsy, especially with school right around the corner. If you want to get to get your kids to “spend” energy on physical activity without “spending” too much money, try creating your own children’s obstacle course. It’s easier than you think – …Read More

Translating Poison Prevention for Refugees in Vermont – A Success Story

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Over the past 20 years, Vermont has seen more than 6,000 refugees resettle here, many of them in Chittenden County. As a health educator with the Northern New England Poison Center and Fletcher Allen Health Care, I often find myself wondering how I would feel if I had to leave this country with my family …Read More

What To Do When Animals Attack, At Home or Outside

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Earlier this summer, three children — Irie Campbell, 11, her brother Felix, 5, and friend Piper Rolfe, 10 — were attacked by a raccoon in Kirby, Vermont (See the WCAX-TV story “Children Fight Off Raccoon Attack”). Fortunately, everyone is safe and healthy. The story is a powerful reminder that we must all be aware of …Read More

Time for Change? Lessons from a Trial of the Dialysis Station Routine Disinfection Checklist

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The risk of transmitting bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis C virus, in a hemodialysis unit can be high due to environmental contamination with blood. Our clinic recently participated in a “test of change” utilizing a new Dialysis Station Routine Disinfection Checklist  developed by CDC and their Dialysis Collaborative in hopes of decreasing the potential for cross-contamination and recommending …Read More

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