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Living with Diabetes: A Type 1 Diabetic’s Road to Motherhood (New Blog Series)

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This is the first in a bi-monthly series. One of the first questions I get from people when they find out I have diabetes is whether or not I can have children. The short answer? Yes. The long answer? Well, that’s what this new blog series is here to explain – a Type 1 (T1) …Read More

Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Need to Know About Blood Clots & Your Health

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March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 300,000-600,000 people are affected by DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE) in the United States every year. Fatal pulmonary emboli cause more deaths than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Dr. Margaret Kennedy, a hematologist at Fletcher Allen, has …Read More

Heart Health: Exercise as Medicine, Literally!

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Doctors treating patients for a variety of different medical conditions need to remember to provide a prescription for what is probably the most important medicine of all: exercise. A recent study from the London School of Economics and Stanford University (1) compared the benefits of exercise with several well accepted drug therapies in the treatment of …Read More

Crohn’s Disease: How Collaboration is Transforming Care & Health Outcomes

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A 13-year old boy feels tired, gets stomach aches from time to time, and his bowel movements have become more frequent and loose. He’s worried, but he doesn’t like to talk about his symptoms, so they continue, quietly. His mother notices that he’s looking pale and not quite right, and takes him to his local …Read More

Living With Diabetes: How to Talk to a Person With Diabetes About Holiday Foods

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One of the things I’ve talked about regarding diabetes is that there are A LOT of acronyms and shorthand terms. I’m sure that’s the case with most chronic conditions. It’s like a secret language known only by those whose lives have been touched with diabetes. Terms like A1c, BG and DKA are common words in …Read More

Vermont HIV Clinic Celebrates 25th Anniversary — & Looks Toward Future of HIV Treatment

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Join Dr. Grace and Deborah Kutzko, APRN,  for Community Medical School on September 24. They will present a lecture titled “HIV/AIDS: How Care Has Changed in the Past 25 Years.” Learn more and register here.  Beginning in 1987, a team of Vermonters built a statewide network — a safe place for people with HIV and AIDS to receive …Read More

Going Without Gluten: Can You Make it Work? (Spoiler Alert: Yes!)

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Gluten is everywhere. You can’t escape it. It’s in bread, cereal, granola bars, pasta, pizza, soups, sauces, gravy, vegetarian “meat”, cookies, cakes, pastries, muffins, ice cream, Chinese food, and even some medicines. What is this food substance everyone is talking about? It’s literally the glue that holds certain foods together (Gluten is from the Latin …Read More

Time for Change? Lessons from a Trial of the Dialysis Station Routine Disinfection Checklist

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The risk of transmitting bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis C virus, in a hemodialysis unit can be high due to environmental contamination with blood. Our clinic recently participated in a “test of change” utilizing a new Dialysis Station Routine Disinfection Checklist  developed by CDC and their Dialysis Collaborative in hopes of decreasing the potential for cross-contamination and recommending …Read More

How Bariatric Surgery Changed My Life

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I took my health for granted, and I never realized how seriously in trouble I was.  But earlier this year, I had one of the bariatric surgery procedures offered at the Bariatric Surgery Program at Fletcher Allen: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, a major surgical procedure where a good portion of the stomach is removed. How did …Read More

What You Need To Know About Medicare’s New National Mail-Order Program for Diabetes Testing Supplies

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In July 2013, Medicare launched a new National Mail-Order Program for diabetic testing supplies, including blood glucose test strips, lancets, lancet devices, batteries, and control solution. As a certified diabetes educator (CDE), I have received a lot of questions about this. People with diabetes rely on the accuracy and ease of use of their blood …Read More

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