Health Matters Blog

Life Expectancy and Men’s Health

Published November 20, 2014

Craig Rinder, MD By Craig Rinder, MD It has been well known for years that the life expectancy of men is less than that of women. According to a 2013 report from the Nation Center for Health Statistics, the life expectancy for males born in 2011 is 76.3 years versus 81.1 years for females. In fact, in every country in every region of the world for which statistics are available (with the sole expectation of the tiny state of Qatar). Men have shorter life expectancies than women. And yet, there has been little understanding of why this should be so. The Assumption in the past was that biological differences between men and women were sufficient to accoun...

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Another Year, Another Beard

Published November 13, 2014

Chris Lenois Here we are again. A bunch of freshly-shaved guys ready to talk to you about men’s health! Now in its third year, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s “BEARDS for BMH” campaign has approximately 35 “growers”, who will be retiring their razors for the month of November. The goal is to use the scruffy state of their faces as means spark conversation about men’s health issues, while raising funds for BMH. This time around some of the fundraisers have formed teams. You’ve got hospital employees, bankers, Rotarians, and others pooling their fundraising efforts and dispensing advice about why it’s important for men to have a better ...

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New Places Also Welcoming New Faces

Published November 6, 2014

Bonnie McKellar by Bonnie McKellar It’s amazing to look back and realize how much Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has grown since I came on board in October of 2012. In the past two years, the hospital has opened the Center for Wound Healing and the Center for Cardiovascular Health. The Radiology Department has a new, state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging suite. Rehabilitation Services and Oncology have teamed up to provide the Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) program to patients getting cancer treatment. BMH Physician Group has added an orthopaedic and sports medicine practice to its multi-specialty offerings. If you have been ...

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Breast Cancer Prevention Begins With You: The Self-Exam

Published October 30, 2014

by Sue Gautot Mammography is often called the first line of defense against breast cancer. That’s why every October, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women over the age of 40 are urged to schedule their annual mammogram. But women of all ages have another set of tools that can help with detection and prevention in between screenings: your hands. [caption id="attachment_8338" align="alignright" width="198"] l. to r. - Ellen Wapner and Susan Gautot[/caption] A few years ago, the U.S. Preventive Task Force actually recommended against Breast Self-Exams. Research showed that women didn’t understand what they were suppos...

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Ebola and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

Published October 24, 2014

By: Dr. Kathleen McGraw, CMO With so many stories in the news about Ebola, you may be understandably concerned about the extremely unlikely possibility of a case of Ebola presenting in our community. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is prepared for such an event and we’d like to share some important information about the disease and our planned response. [caption id="attachment_8101" align="alignright" width="226"] Kathleen McGraw, MD[/caption] What is Ebola?: Ebola, which has an extremely high fatality rate, is a severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache, naus...

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The Basics of Breast Disease

Published October 16, 2014

Joseph Rosen, MD by Joseph Rosen, MD In the United States, almost 200,000 women each year will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Approximately another 60,000 are diagnosed with non-invasive duct carcinoma in situ. For the 1 in 9 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, the single biggest risk factor is simply getting older. Five percent of breast cancers are diagnosed under the age of 40, 25 percent under the age of 50, and 75 percent will occur after age 50. Almost 70 percent of the women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors. For the 30 percent of women identified as being at increased risk of ...

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Watching for the Sentinel Node

Published October 9, 2014

Hayley Crosby By Hayley Crosby The National Cancer Institute says 12.3 percent of all women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lives. In 2014 alone, there will be more than 230,000 new cases. Thanks in part to the efforts made during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, however, nearly nine out of every ten women are expected to survive a breast cancer diagnosis. [caption id="attachment_9012" align="alignright" width="300"] Hayley Crosby[/caption] While mammograms are widely accepted as the best test for the detection and prevention of breast cancer, other advances in medical technology have also played a key role i...

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Body Weight and Breast Cancer: There is a Relationship

Published October 2, 2014

Kelly McCue, MSN, CNS-Oncology, RN, OCN, CHPN by Kelly McCue Much of the conversation about increased body weight, and in particular, obesity and health, focuses on how obesity increases a person’s risk for chronic illnesses, such as heart disease or diabetes. Several types of cancer are also associated with obesity, however, including breast cancer. [caption id="attachment_11330" align="alignright" width="199"] Kelly McCue, MSN, CNS-Oncology, RN, OCN, CHPN[/caption] According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), obese women have a higher risk for breast cancer following menopause. The research shows a link between some breast tumors and increased levels of estrogen. Once t...

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Plantar Fasciitis…A Real Pain in the Heel

Published September 25, 2014

Maureen Mohaney, PA-C, ATC By Maureen Mahoney, PA-C, ATC Do you get stabbing pain in the heel or bottom of your foot with your first steps out of bed in the morning? Does it feel better once you start walking around? Does the pain return after standing for a long time or at the end of the day? Do you get heel or arch pain when you get up from sitting? These are some of the symptoms which could indicate you are suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. [caption id="attachment_10946" align="alignright" width="199"] Maureen Mohaney, PA-C, ATC[/caption] Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of pain affecting the heel and underside of the foot. It involves the...

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Five things that I have learned as an orthopaedic surgeon

Published September 18, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth McLarney By Elizabeth McLarney, MD In my almost 20 years of being an orthopaedic surgeon, I have learned many things. There are a few things that I would like to share with you. Motion is life. Orthopaedic surgeons say this because we know if we don’t keep the soft tissues around a joint moving after surgery or an injury that the joint will become stiff and lose range of motion. This can be extrapolated to a larger meaning. We know that if people stay active, they stay healthier. Exercise should occur for at least 30 minutes to one hour per day. This should be every day. This exercise should include aerobic exercise (like walking, biking, swim...

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