What is Angina?

By Jeff Harr, RCEP, Coordinator of BMH Cardiac Rehab and Burton Tepfer, MD Angina is defined as acute pain in the chest resulting from decreased blood supply to the heart muscle. This is most often the result of a blockage to one or more of the coronary arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood, […]

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Jeffry Potash, MD

Top Questions About Colon Cancer Screenings & Colonoscopy

by Jeffry Potash, MD Why is there so much talk about colon cancer? Colon cancer is the third most common cancer. In Vermont, there are about 330 new cases per year and 24 of them are from Windham County. Many people know someone affected by this disease. Can colon cancer be prevented? Yes, to a […]

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Thomas H. Lewis, MD

Don’t Let a Hernia Put a Strain on Your Life

by Thomas H. Lewis, M.D. Hernias happen. They happen to overweight, out-of-shape smokers, and they happen to highly trained athletes. They happen to persons who strain too much while lifting, and they happen to those who merely sit in a chair. While they are more common in men, they also occur frequently in pregnant women. […]

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Joseph Rosen, MD

Why Get Mammograms?

by Joseph Rosen, MD The American Cancer Society, (ACS, 2009), estimates that 15% of all U.S. cancer deaths this year, in women, will be from breast cancer. This is after a decade long decline in the risk of a women dying after a breast cancer diagnosis. Approximately 2/3 of this better survival number is attributed […]

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Breastfeeding Week Celebrated (August 1 – 7)

by Dawn M. Kersula Sometimes the best thing for a baby is a snuggle. We carry our babies “under our hearts” for nine months, and the moment of birth is magic. But what must the baby think? Gone is the warm, wet, safe hugs of the womb, and here is a new place filled with […]

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Dana F. McGinn, MD

Diabetes and the EYE

by Dana McGinn, MD Diabetes mellitus is an abnormality in the body’s ability to use and store sugar properly. High blood sugar levels can have a profound affect on blood vessels throughout the vascular system. Some of the earliest functional problems are manifested in the retina, the nerve layer in the eye that receives light […]

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Eating Right Is Important for Your Health

by Carrie Quimby, RD, CD, MOEd In March, the American Dietetic Association encourages good nutrition by sponsoring National Nutrition Month. The theme for the month-long celebration is “Eat Right”. The group, which is promoting eating right for a healthy weight, has issued advice on achieving and maintaining a healthier weight to contribute to one’s overall […]

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Are You Doing Maintenance for Your Heart?

by Jeff Harr, RCEP February is “American Heart Month”. It is a time to raise awareness of heart disease. I’m betting there are probably only a few people reading this article who have not been touched by heart disease in some way: having a heart condition yourself, having a loved one living with heart disease, […]

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Kelly McCue, RN, MSN, CNS, OCN, CHPN

McCue Renews Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care

  Kelly McCue, RN, OCN, CHPN, Comprehensive Breast Care program administrator and nurse navigator for Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s Department of Oncology recently renewed her credential of Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse through the National Board for the Certification of Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses (NBCHPN). The NBCHPN exam tests McCue’s competency and expertise in […]

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Genetic Risk Assessment at BMH

By Agnes Mikijaniec, ARNP, BMH Oncology Department  There have been great strides in the field of cancer genetics this past decade. It is now considered the standard of care in community and comprehensive cancer programs. However many individuals who would be appropriate for genetic risk assessment are not being tested. Barriers include distance to regional […]

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