Health Matters Blog

Rehab Plays a STARring Role in Surviving Cancer

Published May 3, 2013

Eileen Casey by Eileen Casey In 1929 an article in the Journal of Medicine offered this advice about how to help patients who have suffered a heart attack: [caption id="attachment_8424" align="alignright" width="195"] Eileen Casey[/caption] “The nurse should be carefully instructed to do everything in her power to aid the patient in any physical activity so that all possible movements such as feeding himself or lifting himself in bed are spared…Finally the patient should be urged to spend at least 6 weeks and preferably 8 weeks or more absolutely in bed.” This outlook had significant consequences and by the late 1930s many people were ou...

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HBOT Brings New Hope for Healing Chronic Wounds

Published April 26, 2013

Lynne Vantassel By Lynne Vantassel [caption id="attachment_8378" align="alignright" width="184"] Lynne Vantassel[/caption] While most of us are familiar with the use of hyperbaric oxygen chambers for scuba divers with decompression sickness, the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in wound care is an effective and FDA approved treatment for non-healing ulcers and wounds. HBOT is an adjunctive medical treatment in which the patient is entirely enclosed in a pressure chamber breathing 100% oxygen at greater than one atmospheric pressure. Treatment is determined by a specially trained physician who, after determining if the patient meets the criteria ...

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Hospital Volunteers Help Find A Way

Published April 19, 2013

Ina Feidelseit

By Ina Feidelseit

[caption id="attachment_8353" align="alignright" width="200"] Ina Feidelseit[/caption] In observance of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), BMH has asked one of its volunteers to contribute a column about her experiences at the hospital. If you’ve driven past the main entrance of the hospital this year, you’ve caught a glimpse of the Emergency Department construction project taking place. Sometime in the summer of 2013, the hospital will have a new front door in which to welcome the community. What won’t be changing, however, is that the person gre...

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Wound Care Takes A Team Commitment

Published April 12, 2013

Gregory R. Gadowski, MD, FACS By Greg Gadowski [caption id="attachment_505" align="alignright" width="195"] Gregory R. Gadowski, MD[/caption] It’s been an exciting time at BMH since the Green Mountain Care Board approved the establishment of a state of the art wound care center at our hospital. We’ve been doing intensive staff training and working hard to have everything in place when the facility opens its doors next month. The BMH Center for Wound Healing will be the first of its kind in Vermont and the only one in the vicinity providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for chronic and non-healing wounds. While technologies like hyperbaric oxygen thera...

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Some Wounds Won’t Heal

Published April 5, 2013

By Lynne Vantassel Chronic wounds currently affect more than eight million people in the United States. Fueled by an aging population, the incidence of such wounds is on the rise as more patients are diagnosed with chronic medical conditions. A chronic or non-healing wound is a wound that hasn’t healed within 30 days using conventional treatments. These sores are symptomatic of one or more underlying conditions that prevent the normal flow of blood and hurt the natural healing process. Diabetes and venous disease put a patient at risk for chronic wounds. In fact, non-healing wounds are particularly prevalent in the estimated 25.8 mil...

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Striving for Perfection Part of the New Health Care Model

Published March 29, 2013

Kathleen McGraw, MD by Kathleen McGraw, MD [caption id="attachment_8101" align="alignright" width="226"] Kathleen McGraw, MD[/caption] One of the exciting things about the role of Chief Medical Officer at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital right now is the change in health care that is currently underway in the state. Vermont is leading the nation in health care reform. The process of implementation, which is going to take many years, has medical professionals paying attention to patient quality and safety and tying it to the patient experience in ways we never have in the past. The doctors and staff at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital have been committed to provi...

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New Study Links Obesity and Colorectal Cancer

Published March 22, 2013

Gregory R. Gadowski, MD, FACS By Greg Gadowski Back in February, just before the start of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston published results of a new study linking obesity and inactivity with an increased risk for a subtype of colorectal cancer known in the medical world as CTNNB1-negative. Such a discovery could lead to new treatment options sometime in the distant future. For now, however, the results reinforce the need for people ages 50 and over to undergo routine screenings for colorectal cancer, especially if they are overweight or do not regularly exercise. [caption id="attachment_505" align="alignright" width="195...

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Men Get Varicose Veins Too!

Published March 15, 2013

Gregory R. Gadowski, MD, FACS By Greg Gadowski When people hear about varicose veins they most often think of a disease that affects women. One reason that varicose veins are more prevalent in women is that pregnancy is an additional risk factor for varicose veins. Of the more than 4 million people in the United States with varicose veins, it is estimated that 25 to 30 percent of them are male. Risk factors include family history of varicose veins, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and prolonged standing. [caption id="attachment_505" align="alignright" width="195"] Gregory R. Gadowski, MD[/caption] Our veins have one-way valves that keep blood moving toward ...

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Gallbladder Disease Increasing and Trending Younger

Published March 8, 2013

Thomas-H.-Lewis By Thomas H. Lewis About 20 years ago when the laparoscopic procedure was first perfected, there was a big bump in the number of gallbladder removal operations in the United States. It made sense there would be an increase since the new procedure was a lot safer for patients and sped up recovery time. But recently there has been another bump in the number of gallbladder removals, both nationwide and in our local community. [caption id="attachment_4098" align="alignright" width="180"] Dr. Thomas H. Lewis[/caption] What’s more, the patients showing symptoms of gallbladder disease are younger than they ever were before. Gallstones can...

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Breast Disease -The Basics

Published March 1, 2013

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. [caption id="attachment_543" align="alignright" width="200"] Joseph Rosen, MD[/caption] Almost 70 percent of the women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identif...

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