Health Matters Blog

Eat, Drink and Be Merry Without Adding Those Holiday Pounds

Published November 18, 2011

By Carrie Quimby [caption id="attachment_2202" align="alignright" width="178" caption="Carrie Quimby, RD, CD"][/caption] The holiday season has arrived and for many of us that means FOOD and lots of it! The average American gains 1-2 pounds over the holidays and those of us with overweight issues tend to gain more, around 8 pounds, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This small amount of weight gain doesn’t sound like a serious issue, except that despite our best intentions and New Year’s resolutions, we don’t lose it after the festivities are over. Year after year, these few pounds do add up significantly to increase your ...

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What Midlevel Care Means For You

Published November 11, 2011

Richard A. Fletcher, RN, MSN, FNP by Richard Fletcher I get called ‘doc’ by a lot of my patients even though they know I’m a nurse practitioner and not a physician. Part of the reason I guess is because I’ve been treating the Putney community for so long that some families have only received primary care from a midlevel provider like me. “I know you’re a nurse practitioner, but you’re my doctor,” I’ve been told. The term midlevel doesn’t exactly describe what a nurse practitioner is, but it’s the one most commonly used when referring to this growing field of health care professionals. Advanced Practice Nursing is the overarching name because we are...

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Imaging is Everything

Published November 7, 2011

Marcy Rushford by Marcy Rushford Radiologic technologists celebrate their profession each year during the week that includes November 8, the day that German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the x-ray in 1895. While 116 years may seem like a long time, radiologic medicine is still a very young field. Even the most venerable members of our radiology department have been eyewitnesses to its most dramatic innovations and how it has advanced care both in general and at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. The radiologic technology field has evolved into a lot of different sub-specialties. At the same time it has increased its role in health care beyo...

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MRI Attractive For High Risk Breast Cancer Patients

Published October 28, 2011

Marcy Rushford By Marcy Rushford Earlier in October, I wrote about how the primary goal of National Breast Cancer Awareness month is to emphasize the need for women over age 40 to get a mammogram every year and how digital mammography remains the gold standard for detecting breast cancer. Last week, Dr. Rosen wrote about advances in biopsy procedures that make them quicker and less invasive. But the latest innovation in breast cancer detection has been the adaptation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology, which we will start offering at BMH early next month. Most people associate a MRI, as it is commonly known, with ligament or muscles injuries. A ...

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The Modern Breast Biopsy

Published October 21, 2011

Joseph Rosen, MD A February 18, 2011 New York Times article entitled “Study of Breast Biopsies Finds Surgery Used Too Extensively” refers to a review of breast biopsies done in Florida from 2003-2008, noting that 30% were done with a scalpel, usually in the operating room. This number is too high. [caption id="attachment_543" align="alignright" width="140" caption="Joseph Rosen, MD"][/caption] In the modern era, most breast biopsies should be done with a minimally invasive needle sampling and not as a more invasive, open surgical procedure. This is a trend that has been steadily evolving over my 30 year history caring for women with breast disease. ...

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Regular Screening Still the Priority

Published October 14, 2011

Marcy Rushford by Marcy Rushford National Breast Cancer Awareness Month observes its 25th anniversary this year. While we haven’t eradicated breast cancer (it is still the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for American women), real strides have been made in the area of earlier detection, leading to more effective treatments and longer, more productive, lifetimes for breast cancer survivors. Until recently, different medical associations were recommending different time frames for when women should start getting screened for breast cancer on a yearly basis. Some were recommending age 40 while others suggested 50. Now the American College ...

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The Nuclear Option

Published October 11, 2011

Marcy Rushford By Marcy Rushford [caption id="attachment_2271" align="alignright" width="205" caption="Marcy Rushford"][/caption] Last month, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital invited the public to learn about the technology we use to evaluate the coronary arteries of the heart and their function, specifically in relation to nuclear cardiac stress tests. Most of the people who participated in the tour were pretty surprised to learn that, by and large, the same technology utilized by large hospitals is available to them right here in town. This includes a hybrid gamma SPECT/CT scanner to perform nuclear medicine tests, which BMH has had for a couple of yea...

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In Giving, Stories Make the Difference

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by Diane Bassett About a week and a half ago, the Ladies Golf Association of the Brattleboro Country Club held its end of season luncheon, during which we formally presented the funds from our annual charity golf tournament held in July. We’ve been holding the tournament for 10 years now, and even though our association membership hovers around 60 ladies, our tournament has been attracting over 100 participants in each of the past few years. Thanks to this incredible turnout, and the generous contributions of area businesses and organizations as tournament hole sponsors, we were able to raise over eight thousand dollars in charitable fun...

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Blueprint for Healthy Individuals Involves Entire Community

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Wendy Cornwell By Wendy Cornwell This is part two of a column leading in up to BMH’s 20th Annual Health Fair, taking place in the BMH Parking Lot from 11:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, September 24. [caption id="attachment_2264" align="alignright" width="210" caption="Wendy Cornwell"][/caption] Three years ago, we adopted the “Launch into Motion” theme for the annual Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Health Fair with the goal of introducing the community to all the different ways people of all ages and life spectrums can get exercise and eat in a healthy way. Whether they are a youth fitness program, an elderly care facility, or another organization...

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Play for Health

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by Wendy Cornwell This is first of a two-part column leading in up to BMH’s 20th Annual Health Fair, taking place in the BMH Parking Lot from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 24. Nickelodeon’s annual Worldwide Day of Play is in a couple of weeks. Since 2004, the network has stopped their afternoon programming on the last Saturday afternoon in September. Instead, from 12 noon to 3:00pm, each channel shows a message encouraging kids and parents to shut off their televisions and go play outdoors. Last year the message read: “Today is Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play! We're outside playing and you should be too! So, turn ...

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