The Picky Eater – Tried and True Solutions

By Susan S. Slowinski, MD I am a pediatrician. I spend my days with children and I spend a lot of time discussing the ordinary things that affect their health. More than half of parents report problems with their toddlers’ eating habits and food choices and seek advice from their pediatrician about their “picky eaters”. […]

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Brattleboro OB/GYN Offers a New Model of Group Care

Brattleboro OB/GYN & Four Seasons Midwifery, a department of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce their CenteringPregnancy® site approval. CenteringPregnancy is a holistic childbirth program committed to the empowerment of pregnant women. “This is an exciting time for our practice as we offer CenteringPregnancy, a nationally recognized model of care,” said Cynthia Pearson, Director […]

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BMH Offers Free Self-Management Workshops for Healthier Living

This spring, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is offering three self-management workshops to give individuals new tools to deal with chronic health issues and live a fuller, healthier life. All of the workshops are free and open to the public. The first program, Tobacco Cessation Workshop is for anyone over 18 ready to quit smoking. Your 802Quits […]

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Phaedra McDonough, APRN

Coumadin Clinic at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

By: Phaedra McDonough, APRN and Tonia Smith Coumadin (also known as Jantoven or warfarin) is a common medication used to prevent blood clots and strokes. Unlike many other drugs, however, it requires careful monitoring by the prescribing medical provider to keep it in a target range. When well managed, Coumadin is a safe and very […]

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By: R. Mark Burke, MD, FACC and Phaedra McDonough At the Center for Cardiovascular Health at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital we take high blood pressure seriously. We know that 1 in 3 Americans will develop high blood pressure over their lifetime and half of those people don’t have it under control. Many of the symptoms that […]

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Joseph Rosen, MD

Personalized Medicine and Breast Cancer

by: Dr. Joseph Rosen, MD, FACS As noted in Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”, it is very difficult to treat a problem when you don’t understand the cause. Although we have been treating cancer for millennia, it is only very recently that our understanding of genetics and molecular […]

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Heather Ferreira

The role of the midwife in primary care

By: Heather Ferreira, CNM References to the practice of midwifery have been found as far back in history as notations on an Egyptian medical papyrus dated 1900 BC. Throughout human history midwives have attended to the healthcare needs of women, focusing primarily on labor and delivery, but over time the role of the midwife has […]

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Judith H. McBean, MD


by: Judith McBean, MD Millions of women in the United States will face difficulty in conceiving each year. While we are hearing a great deal more about infertility in the news these days, the incidence has not actually increased in the past few decades. Greater awareness of the issue, advances in treatment technology, the increase […]

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YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to be offered at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-led evidence-based program is delivered over a 12-month period in a supportive small group classroom […]

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Who will speak for you when you are unable to speak for yourself?

By Martina Sczesny, MD “Expect the unexpected,” goes the old saying. Despite this, most of us prefer not to think about life-changing events like a serious illness or accident. Yet a vehicle could come out of nowhere, perhaps with a drunk driver at the wheel, or a slippery New England road might spin an 18-wheeler’s […]

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