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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 Day in the Life: Inside the Pediatric Neurology Clinic

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Dr. Peter Bingham reflects on the type of visit he participates in at the Pediatric Neurology Clinic at Vermont Children’s Hospital – the patient, the family, the questions that come up, and the answers that are pursued for a healthier patient. Though Tom’s parents have brought him in because of motor tics, by the end …Read More

Poison Prevention: Are You Following These 7 Safety Tips?

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Poisonings span a lifetime. Poison prevention is for everyone, from children to seniors and everyone in between. The Northern New England Poison Center wants to share some medication safety tips for National Poison Prevention Week, March 16 to March 22, to keep you and your family safe: Program the Poison Help Line in your phone 1-800-222-1222. Keep …Read More

I Think the Groundhog Was Right!

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A little over a month ago, the most famous four legged creature in the world of weather forecasting, told us that we were in for six more weeks of winter.  Based on the weather since, I think that Punxsutawney Phil hit the “nail on the head”!  But, just because Mother Nature thinks we should have …Read More

Children’s Health: Giving Children a “Head” Start to Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries

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March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. March 12, 2014 is Brain Injury Awareness Day. Each year, 2.4 million Americans sustain a brain injury. My job as the Safe Kids Vermont Coordinator is to help reduce unintentional injuries, in partnership with our lead agency, Vermont Children’s Hospital. As a former athletic trainer at a local high …Read More

Breaking News: Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% Over Past Decade, Federal Survey Finds

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Last week, the Journal of the Medical Association (JAMA) published an article highlighting the most recent results of a national nutrition survey (NHANES, or the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) between 2011-2012.  The results demonstrated, for the first time, a decrease in rates of obesity in young children (ages 2-5). Obesity decreased in these …Read More

Child Passenger Safety: What You Need To Know About the Graco Seat Recall

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“Hi, honey, I just had to cut the baby out of her car seat.”   As the child passenger safety technician at the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen, these words scared me. My husband had called to let me know that, while no, there had been no car crash; he had had a major problem …Read More

Children’s Dental Health: How to Keep Little Teeth Healthy & Clean

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Recently, someone asked me why I like teeth so much. To me, the answer is clear: I care about people’s mouths and teeth, especially those of young children, because they are not able to take care of their teeth by themselves. It’s important work: Dental decay is the #1 chronic illness among children in the …Read More

Baby Emma’s Story: Celebrating the Smallest of Mended Hearts

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February 14 is, of course, Valentine’s Day, a romantic celebration in an otherwise gloomy month. But, it also marks Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (February 7-14), an opportunity to learn more about the most common category of birth defects, and the ones most likely to result in infant death. About 1 percent of newborns have a heart …Read More

Patient Story: Coming Back After a Traumatic Burn Injury

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The summer of 2012, a month and a half after I graduated high school, I faced a traumatic event that changed the course of my life – and made me who I am today. It was August. My cousins and I went camping together, all of us girls. The fun day turned into a night …Read More

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