Idle Thoughts on Sustainability

By Rob Prohaska Tomorrow’s Touch-a-Truck event is always great fun for young kids who like to climb inside, and all over, construction rigs, fire trucks, ambulances or other big, noisy vehicles. While your son or daughter is ooh-ing and ah-ing over the backhoes and tree-trimmers, take a minute and walk over to the Emergency Department […]

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Richard M. Orlan, MD

The Future of Aging

By Dr. Richard Orlan The future of aging is now! Hollywood and fiction writers are producing some interesting television programs and movies with themes and story lines about aging and managing chronic disease these days. Some are compassionate, like The Big C, which follows a woman with terminal cancer as she goes through the trials […]

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William Vranos, MD

ATC Position at High School is Win-Win

By Dr. William Vranos Classes start next Wednesday at Brattleboro Union High School, but the student athletes have already been on the practice fields and in the weight room for a couple of weeks preparing for the Fall 2011 season. It’s an exciting time of year to be an athlete or a coach. It is […]

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Jane Katz Field, MD


By Jane Katz-Field, MD MEASLES?? In Vermont? Didn’t they wipe that out? Actually, because of effective vaccination programs starting in the 1960s, measles was basically eliminated in this country by the late 1990s. Today we are seeing some of these vaccine-preventable diseases again because of people’s choices not to vaccinate their children. What are parents […]

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Nurse Navigators Steer Cancer Patients in Right Direction

By Kelly McCue, RN, MSN, CNS, OCN, CHPN When the National Breast Cancer Foundation awarded a grant to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital earlier this summer, one of their major considerations was the fact that we have a Nurse Navigator program. The role played by the nurse navigator is critical in an area like Windham County, where […]

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Laid Back Breastfeeding

by Dawn Kersula, RN This week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week in over 170 countries, including the United States. It commemorates the 1990 declaration by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy that breastfeeding is part of an infant’s right to nutritious food. That declaration was quickly endorsed by the World Health Organization […]

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HIV/AIDS at 30: Cared for but not Cured

By Deborah Jones, APRN Many media outlets marked June 5, 2011 as the “thirtieth anniversary of AIDS.” While that choice of words may sound too celebratory for observing the day when five gay men in Los Angeles were given the first official diagnosis of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, which has since killed nearly 30 million […]

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Carolyn L. Taylor-Olson, MD

Is There A Doctor In The House?

By Dr. Carolyn Taylor-Olson When I trained in internal medicine, the concept was that my profession was my vocation. An internist takes care of a patient from age 18 to his or her passing whether it’s an ingrown toenail or septic shock. You went the distance with the patient and their family. Medical advances have […]

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Prudence MacKinney

Osteopaths Filling the Gap in Primary Care

by Prudence MacKinney, VP Physician & Business Development The primary care landscape has undergone a significant change over the past two decades, with more and more physicians entering the field with a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree than the more traditionally recognized M.D. designation. This rise is spurred by the growing awareness of the connection […]

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BMH Says in Treating a Heart Attack – Time Matters

by Christopher Schmidt, MD, and  John Starkey, RN. When President Dwight Eisenhower had a heart attack in 1955, doctors had limited tools for dealing with it. Eisenhower survived with treatment that consisted mainly of morphine to kill the pain and bed rest that continued for nearly a month before he was able to sit in […]

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