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Springtime Blues: Why the Warm Weather Can Get Us Down & Remedies to Get Back Up!

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With warm days gradually emerging, some of us may be feeling more depressed, instead of happy and sunny and light. How can that be? Isn’t everyone supposed to love the bright sun, energy and opportunities of spring? Is there something wrong with us if we feel like closing the blinds and crawling under the covers …Read More

Clinical Trials: Be a Part of Our First-Ever West Nile Virus Vaccine Trial & Learn Why It Is Important

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West Nile Virus first reached the United States in 1999. Since that time, it has become the leading vector-borne cause of viral encephalitis in the U.S. By 2010, the number of adults who had been infected with West Nile Virus in the U.S. was estimated to be 3 million, with 13, 000 cases of West …Read More

Autism Awareness Month: Have I Created an Epidemic of Autism?

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  New data released by the Centers for Disease Control show a 30 percent increase over the past two years in the incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) among children. The study suggests that ASD now occurs in 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. While this news may seem striking, let’s dig …Read More

A Surgeon’s Perspective: How Paired Exchange is Helping Us Face an Organ Donation Shortage

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April is Donate Life Month. To learn more about organ donation and to register to be an organ donor, please visit www.donatelifevt.org. As a Transplant Surgeon, I have seen both the good and the bad. Right now, there are a number of troubling trends impacting patients waiting for organ donation. There are also incredible advances …Read More

From the Midwife: Walking the Labyrinth of Birth

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Labyrinths…these ancient symbols of life’s journey are found across time and cultures. Although the terms are sometimes interchanged, a true labyrinth is not a maze. Labyrinths have only one entrance and route. You can’t get lost, or stopped by a dead-end. It does, however, take mindful attention to stay on the path to the center, …Read More

Women’s Health: New Research Shows Breast Cancer Patients Have Low Fitness Which May Mean Higher Cardiovascular Risk

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Exercise and being fit is an important factor for health and longevity – and now we have identified a critical gap among breast cancer patients: they have much lower fitness than women of similar age without breast cancer. Why? Recent research we conducted shows that breast cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation, have a negative …Read More

Life & Death: Why Patients Should Set Up Advanced Directives & How To Do It

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Recently, National Public Radio covered the story about LaCrosse, Wisconsin – the “town where everyone talks about death.” In fact, LaCross is a town where 96 percent of residents have completed an Advance Directive. What exactly is an Advance Directive, or AD? It is a document that offers important guidance in times of critical illness …Read More

Ovarian Cancer Screening: Attempting to Diagnosis a Deadly Disease at a Treatable Stage

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My aunt, Pam, was a healthy and active 56 year-old woman when she presented to her physician’s office with abdominal pain and bloating. Her physician drained three liters of fluid from her abdomen (known as ascites) and began treatment for ovarian cancer. Despite aggressive chemotherapy, my aunt passed away four months later. I was in …Read More

7 Ways to Stay Socially Connected for Better Personal Well-Being

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Social contact is an important aspect of life. We human beings are social creatures with an emotional need for relationships and positive connections to others. We’re not meant to survive, let alone thrive, in isolation. Social connections not only give us pleasure, they also influence our wellbeing. Meaningful and lasting social connections can serve as …Read More

The Science of Smell: What the Nose Knows

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There is an episode of Seinfeld in which Elaine explains that she is “hard of smelling.” We laugh. That’s ridiculous. How can one be hard of smelling? But, truth is much stranger than fiction. You can be hard of smelling. In fact, problems with sense of smell affect up to 20 percent of Americans and …Read More

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