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Gaming for Good: Patient Plays Video Games to Help Vermont Children’s Hospital

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The Vermont Extra Life event will take place at Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House in South Burlington from 8 a.m., Saturday, October 25, to 8 a.m., Sunday, October 26. Want to get involved? Sign up to participate and/or donate here.  Extra Life is an annual fundraising event in which thousands of gamers throughout the country raise money for Children’s …Read More

Blood Clots & Pregnancy: An Avoidable Cause of Maternal Death

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Recently, I talked with a friend who was sharing with me how she lost her sister. My heart sank to the floor when she said:  “She was seven weeks pregnant and died from a pulmonary embolus.” As a physician who takes care of women with complicated pregnancies, I was shocked by what she said. As …Read More

Join Us: Winter Sports Night at Orthopedics Specialty Center on Nov. 13

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Click here to register for our Winter Sports Night happening on November 13, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by Safe Kids VT. It is around this time of year that many Vermonters start checking the weather for cooler temperatures, frost warnings, …Read More

Cybersecurity: Staying Safe at the Scanner – A Recent Experience with Credit Card Fraud

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Many of us hold our credit and debit cards near and dear to our hearts. After all, these little pieces of plastic are direct lines to our bank accounts and, therefore, our personal information. While we go through our day making sure we keep them safe in our wallets and purses, most credit card thieves …Read More

Engineering Energy Savings at Fletcher Allen Health Care

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In today’s sustainability-minded society, we often assume that expensive alternative energies are the best way to “go green.” But through my work as Director of Facilities Management, I’ve learned that we can significantly reduce energy use by simply re-engineering our existing infrastructure. In recognition of National Health Care Facilities and Engineering Week (October 19–24, 2014), I’d …Read More

Civic Health: Don’t Forget to Vote — Or, Confessions of an Army Brat

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So any of my friends who read this will say, “Of course we knew she was a brat – nothing new there!”  But there’s a reason for that:  I’m a proud Army brat, daughter of a career soldier who started out in the National Guard and then joined the full-time ranks at the dawn of …Read More

Recipe for Health: Homemade Crockpot Baked Beans

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Ingredients 3 cups dried white Navy beans 1 ½ cups ketchup 1 ½ cups water ¼ cup molasses 1 large onion, chopped 1 tablespoon dry mustard, or 3 tablespoons regular mustard 1 tablespoon salt 1 cup brown sugar Instructions Follow directions on package of beans (or see back of this recipe card) to cook until …Read More

Even Healthy People Can Get the Flu — Get Your Flu Vaccine Today!

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I work as a health educator in the Community Health Improvement Department at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Educating people to make healthy choices and to take measures to prevent illness is what we do; however, it took me a few years to realize that by not getting the flu vaccine, I was putting not only myself at risk of …Read More

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: How Can You Protect Your Electronic Data?

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October is a beautiful month in Vermont, with all the amazing colors of fall. This time of year, most people think of pumpkins, the changing leaves, hot cider and Halloween.  But there are other things October brings to mind. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and – for those of us who spend our days …Read More

The Silent Killer: Do You Know What Venous Thrombosis Is? You Should.

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We have made great strides over the past 2-3 decades in reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases in the United States and elsewhere. However, a menacing threat to health is not well known to people: venous thrombosis.  This consists of blood clots forming abnormally in the leg veins (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) or the lung …Read More

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