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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.

Lyme Disease: How to Protect Yourself This Summer

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Summer in Vermont is the season for fresh berries, sweet corn, glorious hikes, swimming in the lake, and, unfortunately, it is also a season to worry about developing Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacterium is transmitted to humans through the bite of a deer tick. …Read More

Preparing for Baby: How can I get Breastfeeding off to a Good Start?

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It seems like breastfeeding should be instinctive and natural – and while it is on some levels, it is also something both mothers and babies learn to do.While most parents have not grown up yet seeing babies breastfeed all around them, babies are born with reflexes to help them breastfeed. Here are some hints on …Read More

Tips for Talking with Your Doctor

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The single most important way you can stay healthy is to be an active member of your own health care team. In the past, the patient-doctor relationship was one-directional—the doctor typically took the lead and the patient followed. Today, a good patient-doctor relationship is a partnership. How well you and your doctor talk to each …Read More

Vermont Now One of Top 3 States for Lyme Disease

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Ten or 20 years ago, most Vermonters never gave Lyme disease a second thought. It was a distant threat, something that people in, say, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey or Massachusetts worried about. Now you don’t even have to leave the Green Mountain state to hear about someone’s experience with Lyme disease. That’s because Lyme …Read More

Life Jackets: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (& Need to Know!)

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Summer is so many things to all of us. For many, it means fun on and in the water: swimming, boating, water skiing – and much more. We are lucky to live near some beautiful places for recreation on the water. There is one important accessory for any summer adventure on the water: a life …Read More

From the Midwife: Do I Need a Birth Plan?

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If you are pregnant, chances are you spend a good amount of time thinking, worrying, and learning about what labor and birth will be like. And for all the time that women spend preparing mentally and physically for this significant event, one would think that it would simply play out just as we want it …Read More

Fruit: The Best Ways to Add Fruit to Your Diet

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Summer is a great time for fruit – berries, stone fruits, and melons are at peak ripeness and flavor. It’s also the perfect time of year to focus on eating more fruit every day, and develop the habit of including fruit with every meal and as a focus of snacks. Why? Eating fruit provides many …Read More

From Patient to Intern: How One Girl’s Experience with a Life-Threatening Illness Turned Her Into a Vermont Children’s Hospital Champion

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Hello, my name is Victoria LaRen. I am currently the Development Intern for the Fletcher Allen Health Care Foundation. My passion for Vermont Children’s Hospital began when I was six years old and admitted to the hospital with a rare life-threatening illness called Congenital Intestinal Gestational Malrotation. Every year, my determination for raising funds and …Read More

Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Survivor’s Story

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Two years, three months, and 24 days have passed since November 25, 2011 – the day my life changed forever. I awoke around 3 a.m. that day with a sensation in my chest area that I will never forget. It was not until I sat up that I noticed my heart was racing so fast it …Read More

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