Phaedra McDonough, APRN

Women and Atrial Fibrillation

by Phaedra McDonough February is Heart Health Awareness Month for women. This educational month was established to help women gain a better understanding of their risks for heart disease. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common electrical abnormality of the heart. During atrial fibrillation the two upper chambers of your heart, called atria, are quivering […]

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The Breast Feeding Quiz Part 1

Choose the one best answer for each question. 1. A breastfed baby needs to eat every 3-4 hours; this gives the mother’s breasts time to fill up. True              False 2. Advantages of breastfeeding include less crying, fewer ear infections, vaccinations “take” better, decreased chance of heart disease for mom. True              False 3. Low milk supply […]

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Kate Wageman, FNP

Brattleboro Internal Medicine Hires New Family Practitioner

Brattleboro Internal Medicine, a BMH Physician Group member, announced Kate Wageman, FNP will join its medical staff. She will begin seeing patients in March, 2015. Wageman was most recently employed by the Birchwood Terrace Healthcare Nursing Home in Burlington, Vermont, where she was a registered nurse in the transitional care unit for the past two […]

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Fatigue and Shortness of Breath are Not Signs of Aging

by Phaedra McDonough Have you noticed your energy level is lower and you are more short of breath even when performing the normal activities in your daily life? Don’t ignore these feelings, or chalk them up to “getting old.” This is not a normal part of the aging process. It is your body telling you […]

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Gallbladder Disease — A Modern Illness on the Rise

By Thomas H. Lewis About 20 years ago when the laparoscopic gallbladder procedure was first perfected, there was a surge in the number of gallbladder removal operations in the United States. It made sense there would be an increase since the new procedure was much safer for patients and the recovery time was greatly reduced. […]

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Helping Patients Navigate Life with an Ostomy

By Kate Foldeac As a direct result of a variety of disease processes (cancer, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, spinal cord injuries) or traumatic injuries, portions of, or even the entire bowel or bladder may need to be removed to improve the health or well-being of a person. An ostomy is a surgical procedure in which […]

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Gregory R. Gadowski, MD, FACS

Varicose Veins – Not Just a Cosmetic Problem

by Dr. Greg Gadowski Varicose veins are a very prevalent condition that no one really talks about as an illness. People who have not experienced them may think they are purely a cosmetic eyesore, but they are in fact a component of a condition called venous disease. Patients who have it know all too well […]

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Putney Family Healthcare Expanding Facility and Service

Putney Family Healthcare, a BMH Physician Group member, is undergoing renovations to expand its 79 Main Street facility. Practice officials state that this expansion is in response to a growing demand for medical care in the service area, which includes Putney, Dummerston, Westminster and Saxtons River. GPI Construction began work on the expansion in November, […]

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Joseph Rosen, MD

Modern Breast Care Close to Home

By Dr. Joseph Rosen, MD In 2010, I had the opportunity to present the experience of developing the breast care program at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital at the 20th annual conference of the National Consortium of Breast Centers. My presentation was titled, “The Delivery of Modern Breast Care in Small Town America” and focused on the […]

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BMH Offers Free Self-Management Workshops for Healthier Living

This winter, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is offering four 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 anyone with a chronic health condition over 18. The first program, Healthier Living, will take place January 12 to […]

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