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A Choir is Born: The Song of Stroke Survivors

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In honor of National Aphasia Awareness Month, the Aphasia Choir will be performing a free, public concert on Sunday, June 8th at 2:00 p.m. at Fletcher Allen Health Care’s Davis Auditorium. A reception will follow.  “When…I…sing, I feel…free.” This quote came from a man who suffered a left hemisphere stroke many years ago, the kind of …Read More

Stroke: Learn the ABC’s of Stroke Prevention

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Stroke. For most of us, it’s a terrifying word because we imagine a stroke leaving us unable to talk, move, or to be ourselves. But do you truly understand what it means? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen to your brain is either blocked or bursts. If this happens, a part of …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

Learning to Ride a Bike, Olympic Style

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As a child, did you dream of becoming an Olympian? Did you envision yourself up on the podium with a gold medal around your neck while the National Anthem played? Well, for most of us, those dreams did not become a reality, but for our children and grandchildren, the dream is still alive. The Bike …Read More

Don’t KNOCK your NOGGIN! May is National Trauma Awareness Month

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Two years ago, my college-aged son and I were skiing at a local slope and he was showing me all of his tricks in the “park” (you know:  the rails, and the jumps, and such).  I watched him fall and strike his head on one of the rails and even though he was wearing a …Read More

Risk and Reward at this Weekend’s Women’s Ice Hockey Championship

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The 15th International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) will bring the world’s best female hockey stars to Vermont from April 7th to April 14th.  Teams will hail from the USA, Canada, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia and Germany.  The USA claimed gold at the past three IIHF Women’s World Championships and Canada claimed gold at the …Read More

Myths of Migraine and Other Headache Disorders

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Headaches are an entirely misunderstood phenomenon. Half of Americans will experience some type of headache this year, and more than 90 percent of Americans will experience a headache in their lifetimes. While mild headaches are a nearly universal human experience, their familiarity, combined with widespread use of painkillers, has left a common impression that headaches …Read More

Bikes, Skateboards, and ATVs – Oh My!

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I have been an employee at Fletcher Allen for ten years, but this October I have officially been our Injury Prevention Coordinator for one year.  My position is part of a dynamic team of staff that makes up our Level 1 Trauma Center. This means we see the most severe injuries from around Vermont and …Read More

Memory Loss: When to Worry, and When to Forget About It

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Memory loss is a common symptom of aging, and is often associated with considerable anxiety since there is so much concern about dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. It turns out that for most people over the age of 65, occasional forgetfulness is a normal part of the aging process – and not something to …Read More

Sports Injury Week (4/18-4/22): The Truth About Concussions

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A concussion is a disturbance to brain function caused by a blow to the head or even another part of the body that leads to shaking or jarring of the brain. The way we diagnose and treat concussions is rapidly evolving as we learn more about this serious and common problem. Many people assume that …Read More