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From the Lab: Fletcher Allen Clinical Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

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We are proud to share that the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Fletcher Allen Health Care received re-accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). CAP accreditation is considered one of the best and most rigorous in laboratory medicine, and the staff in the laboratory at Fletcher Allen works hard to reach the …Read More

Food Matters: How & Why We Need to Bring Back the Family Table

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The Health Care Share Program at Fletcher Allen Health Care aims to improve access to healthy food for our patients. How? We provide a twelve-week, grant-funded farm share from the farm at Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), a nutrition curriculum, cooking demonstrations, and kitchen tools. Now in our second season, the program serves 130 patients …Read More

Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome with the Power of Food

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Sign up for the free class “Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) With the Power of Food” on Thursday, September 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Auditorium at the University of Vermont. Click here to register.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects nearly 1 in 10 adults. If you don’t have IBS yourself, …Read More

Apples: Pick Your Favorite to Keep the Doctor Away

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You’ve probably heard the old saying, “An apple a day will keep the doctor away.” How much truth is in that saying? These handy fruits are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, which make apples a perfect food to incorporate in a healthy lifestyle. Loaded with fiber, apples have been shown to help lower cholesterol, …Read More

Vaccines: Why We Recommend Parents Choose to Immunize Their Children

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Back-to-school season is in full swing. This is a great time to make sure that children are up to date with their immunizations.  The Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that immunization is one of the best ways to prevent children from becoming ill – and so do we at …Read More

A Look Back & a Look Forward: Cardiac Rehabilitation Celebrates 30 Years of History & Evolution

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To celebrate 30 years of Cardiac Rehabilitation and ten years at our current facility at 62 Tilley Dr. in South Burlington, Vermont, Fletcher Allen Health Care will host an Open House on October 6, 2014 from 5 – 8 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  The care of patients recovering from …Read More

Plant-Based Diets: What Makes Them Healthy?

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Time and time again, research has shown that following a plant-based diet can help to prevent chronic illnesses, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Why is a Plant-Based Diet So Healthy? A plant-based diet is one that emphasizes a variety of vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fruit, but still may contain modest amounts of lean meats, …Read More

Suicide & Youth: Advice for Parents During National Suicide Prevention Week

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This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. Unfortunately, we’ve heard a lot about suicide lately in the news between the tragic death of Robin Williams to some startling new statistics from the World Health Organization. Here are some myths and facts that are important to remember: MYTH: Suicide is rare. FACT:  Suicide is the second …Read More

Osteoporosis: What it is & How to Avoid it

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When I ask women about what they fear the most about osteoporosis, they answer that it is the curvature of the spine, the so-called “dowager’s hump” as well as the associated loss of height, loss of self-esteem, and the overall feeling that they are old. In truth, osteoporosis is much more than a deformed back …Read More

Breast Cancer: 3 Lifestyle Choices to Make to Reduce Your Risk or Improve Your Survival Odds

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The Vermont Cancer Center’s 17th Annual Breast Cancer Conference will take place on October 10, 2014. To attend the conference, register here. Jennifer May, RD, will be a featured speaker. Eat this, don’t eat that. It’s good for you; now, it’s not. Exercise, but not too much, and not too little… Yikes! I think we all wish there were concrete …Read More

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