Health Matters Blog

Dehydration Also a Cold Weather Risk

Published January 26, 2012

Peter Foote, DO Dehydration Also a Cold Weather Risk By Dr. Peter Foote Following is part two of a two-part column on cold-weather injuries. When it’s a humid August day and the sun shines brightly without a cloud in the sky, the perspiration beading up on our foreheads is a reminder to make sure we’re drinking enough water. This is particularly true when you are exercising or working outside and your body is losing fluids more quickly. Furthermore, it is equally important to consume enough water when taking part in outdoor activities during the cold winter months, even if we aren’t sweating or feeling thirsty. Back in 2005, a study conducted...

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Don’t Let Frostbite Ruin Your Fun

Published January 20, 2012

Peter Foote, DO Don’t Let Frostbite Ruin Your Fun By Dr. Peter Foote Following is part one of a two-part column on cold-weather injuries. [caption id="attachment_502" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Peter Foote, DO"][/caption] January is Vermont’s coldest month, meteorologically speaking. In the Vermont Weather Book, author David Ludlum says this is the time of year when the Atlantic jet stream travels its southernmost course, leaving polar winds coming from the northwest unimpeded by its warm air. Here in Brattleboro, January’s average temperature is 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Not as cold as northern parts of the state like Newport, where ...

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Helping Physicians Focus on Patient Care

Published January 13, 2012

Prudence MacKinney Helping Physicians Focus on Patient Care By Prudence MacKinney Recently, I was showing a physician and his wife around town as part of the interview process for a position we have at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. They were self-professed “city people,” looking for a safe community in which to raise their family; while at the same time they did not want to feel isolated geographically or culturally. Brattleboro obviously met a lot of their quality-of-life criteria. [caption id="attachment_2228" align="alignright" width="160" caption="Prudence MacKinney"][/caption] The truth is that Brattleboro’s vibrant community and the proxi...

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Putting Resolve into New Year’s Resolutions

Published January 6, 2012

Janine Foote, DO Putting Resolve into New Year’s Resolutions By Dr. Janine Foote So what resolutions did you make when the clock struck 12:01 a.m. this past Sunday? And how are you doing on them so far during this first week of 2012? Starting the new year with a self-improvement goal is a time honored tradition. You can ride that global feeling of having a fresh start and determine to do things differently in the future. [caption id="attachment_501" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Janine Foote, DO"][/caption] A lot of the more common resolutions are health related. We want to lose weight, quit smoking or drinking, or just feel less stresse...

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The Challenges of Rural Health Care

Published December 30, 2011

Kari Dickey, DO By Dr. Kari Dickey As strange as this may sound, I remember deciding to be a doctor when I was three years old. I loved trying to help all the little injured animals I found near our family’s house in Keene. Then as I got older, all the kids would come over to my house when they got hurt instead of going home. [caption id="attachment_573" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Kari Dickey, DO"][/caption] The more I learned about being a doctor the more I knew that I didn’t want to specialize in any area. I wanted to be able to care for babies, parents and grandparents. So much can get missed when you see someone for one acute pr...

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This Holiday Season, Make Sure You’re Happy

Published December 23, 2011

By Maggie Lake [caption id="attachment_2082" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Maggie Lake"][/caption] We all have the perfect holiday image in our minds: gifts galore, beautiful decorations and parties, great food, happy children tearing through one perfect gift after another. Maybe we remember our own perfect childhood holidays. We want to recreate them or versions of the stories we see in the relentless commercials and magazine ads. Now let’s talk about reality. You are NOT living in a television family. You do not have unlimited funds to buy all of the furnishings for the perfect party or the perfect mountain of toys and ...

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The Ultimate Gift

Published December 16, 2011

By Arthur Magnaghi, Jr. This is the time of year we give gifts to our loved ones. We also may give a little more or do a little more to support charitable efforts we find meaningful. With just a few clicks of the mouse button this holiday season, Vermonters can help save a life, just like my own life was saved nearly four and a half years ago. With that in mind I would like to share some important thoughts and facts with you that come from within a person who would eventually die if he had not received the “ultimate gift” of life, in my case an organ donor’s healthy heart. If it were not for the compassion, kindness, caring and un...

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Good PreOp Assessment for Surgical Success

Published December 9, 2011

By Christine Gooley, APRN, BC [caption id="attachment_653" align="alignright" width="205" caption="Christine Gooley, APRN, BC"][/caption] Would you ever guess a hospital the size of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital performs around four thousand surgical procedures in a year? It’s true. During the twelve months from October 2010 to September 2011, 2,389 surgeries and 1,612 minor procedures took place in our facility. That figure includes a broad range of surgeries in several specialties, in addition to colonoscopies and upper endoscopies. That’s a lot of patients coming and going on a daily basis. Evidently, we are not the only hospi...

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Midwives in the Mainstream

Published December 2, 2011

Lois Trezise, RN, CNM, MSN, CLC by Lois Trezise [caption id="attachment_552" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Lois Trezise, RN, CNM, MSN, CLC"][/caption] It’s natural in the course of human affairs for the pendulum to swing in one direction or another. Advances in scientific knowledge and medical technology during the 20th century spurred a trend toward treating births as a medical situation. This was understandable given the excitement over the improvements in anesthesiology, surgery, and antibiotics, among other improvements that definitely saved the lives of mothers and newborns. But as it reached a point where the labor and delivery process came to fe...

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Doulas Do It Out of Love for Labor Process

Published November 28, 2011

by Debbie Partrick [caption id="attachment_3213" align="alignright" width="172" caption="Debbie Partrick"][/caption] I had been a nurse in obstetrics for 30 years, and I had never heard of doulas until I moved to Brattleboro five years ago. At first I thought it doesn’t make any sense. In Lamaze classes, you’re taught that you have a labor support person, which is usually your partner. But the doula is more. They are a breath of fresh air not only to the mom that is laboring, but to the family and to the staff. What really opened my eyes was witnessing a birth with one of BMH’s midwives where a doula was present. It was so diff...

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