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Blood Clots & Pregnancy: An Avoidable Cause of Maternal Death

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Recently, I talked with a friend who was sharing with me how she lost her sister. My heart sank to the floor when she said:  “She was seven weeks pregnant and died from a pulmonary embolus.” As a physician who takes care of women with complicated pregnancies, I was shocked by what she said. As …Read More

Join Us: Winter Sports Night at Orthopedics Specialty Center on Nov. 13

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Click here to register for our Winter Sports Night happening on November 13, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by Safe Kids VT. It is around this time of year that many Vermonters start checking the weather for cooler temperatures, frost warnings, …Read More

Even Healthy People Can Get the Flu — Get Your Flu Vaccine Today!

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I work as a health educator in the Community Health Improvement Department at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Educating people to make healthy choices and to take measures to prevent illness is what we do; however, it took me a few years to realize that by not getting the flu vaccine, I was putting not only myself at risk of …Read More

Deep Vein Thrombosis: Do You Know Who Rudolf Virchow is?

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Register for our October 13, 2014 program “The ABC’s of DVT – Raising Awareness of Blood Clots. Red nose? Wrong Rudolf! We’ll celebrate that one later. October 13 is when we remember the exceptional mind and career of the 19th century German physician born on that day, here at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington …Read More

Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know About Quality Care

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Imagine that you or someone close to you has just been told that the biopsy results you have been waiting on have just come back, and they show breast cancer. In addition to dealing with the impact of the diagnosis, how can you make certain that you or your loved one gets the best possible …Read More

Breast Health: Mammography Has Gone 3D – What You Need To Know

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There has been a lot of buzz recently about three-dimensional mammography, otherwise known as tomosynthesis. While screening mammography is proven to decrease breast cancer deaths, it is far from perfect. Out of every 1,000 mammograms performed, approximately 100 women will need additional testing. Most of these women do not have cancer. When they are called …Read More

Cancer: Sex after a Cancer Diagnosis, or Has Anyone Seen My Libido?

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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. Patti Johnson, RN, OCN, CBCN, will be a featured speaker. First came the phone call: “You have breast cancer.” Then surgery. Maybe chemotherapy and biotherapy treatments… Then, radiation treatment…Now, hormonal treatment… If you are a female cancer patient, …Read More

Breast Cancer: What to do if You Find a Lump

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For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I will be writing a weekly blog on issues related to breast health. As a surgical oncologist treating breast cancer I hope to share some insights that may be of interest and help to our patient community. Susan, a 40-year-old business woman and mother of two, receives a call from …Read More

New Vermont Law Bans Hand Held Electronic Devices While Driving

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On October 1, 2014, Vermont will have a new law pertaining to portable electronic devices while driving. This law is designed to reduce distracted driving, a dangerous phenomenon which is unfortunately becoming increasingly common – and deadly – both in Vermont and across the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving causes more …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

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