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From the Midwife: How to Handle Sibling Adjustment

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The addition of a new family member – whether it is your first child or your fifth – affects everyone. Understanding that the older siblings need time to adjust is crucial.  The ease of the sibling’s transition has more to do with their personality and ability to transition to any change in their life than …Read More

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

From the Midwife: Walking the Labyrinth of Birth

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Labyrinths…these ancient symbols of life’s journey are found across time and cultures. Although the terms are sometimes interchanged, a true labyrinth is not a maze. Labyrinths have only one entrance and route. You can’t get lost, or stopped by a dead-end. It does, however, take mindful attention to stay on the path to the center, …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

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

Concussions: When to Visit the Fletcher Allen Post-Concussion Clinic

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“My concussion occurred nearly two years ago when I fell down the last four steps of my home. My symptoms were delayed at first after one week I became aware of my inability to focus, remember, speak and see clearly, and make any sort of decision. My light and sound sensitivity became more and more …Read More

New Study: “Helmets Save Lives of Skiers and Snowboarders”

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Every year, 10 million Americans ski or snowboard – with approximately 600,000 injuries reported, 20 percent of which are head injuries, the chief cause of death among skiers and snowboarders. A new study by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine adds to the mounting medical evidence showing that ski helmets do save lives and prevent serious …Read More

Don’t Get Burned: 8 Ways To Keep You & Your Family Safe

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Every year in the United States, more than 1 million people are injured from burns. Approximately 45,000 of those are admitted to hospitals across the country. February 2 kicks off our annual Burn Awareness Week at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Despite burn education across the country, one-third of hospital admissions are children. On average, one …Read More

Give Blood: Erin’s Story

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January is National Blood Donor Month. Throughout this month, the American Red Cross is celebrating the volunteer blood donors who generously dedicate hours to giving blood to help save the lives of someone whom they will never meet — someone like Erin Tremblay. In early April, 2013 Erin and her husband Derek were happily awaiting the …Read More

What Do I Need to Know About Juicing?

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There is a lot of conversation these days about juicing. The hype can range from the perfect weight loss solution to an elixir that remedies all maladies. Like most things health related, there is no magic bullet for anything.  Health is built on a foundation of good habits sustained over time. So how does juicing …Read More

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