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Managing Diabetes While Celebrating the Holidays

Published December 14, 2012

Carrie Quimby, RD, CD by Carrie Quimby [caption id="attachment_246" align="alignright" width="115"] Carrie Quimby, RD, CD[/caption] Diabetes is a disease that results in high levels of sugar, or glucose, in your blood because not enough of the hormone insulin is made or used correctly. If you have diabetes, you know that the holidays can be an especially tricky time of year to manage your health as tempting treats are everywhere and exercise plans get stuck on the back burner. Having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the festivities of the holidays. With some planning and a little work, you can stay healthy and happy at holiday gatherings with frie...

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Two Types of Diabetes, Two Very Different Diseases

Published December 7, 2012

by Houghton Smith Last week I wrote an article about the increasing number of cases of Type 2 diabetes. But it should be noted that the incidence of Type 1 diabetes is also on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Type 1 diabetes has increased 23 percent over the past 10 years. Type 1 diabetes was originally referred to as juvenile diabetes because we only saw it in children, or young adults. Now we might see it in someone who is 60 years old. Type 2 diabetes was originally called adult onset diabetes because it affected older people, but now the disease is seen in young people. [caption id="attachment_324" align="a...

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Awareness Brings Hope for Diabetes Prevention

Published November 30, 2012

By Houghton Smith This coming year, the Centers for Disease Control is raising awareness about Type 2 Diabetes in hopes of primary prevention of the disease in much the same way similar approaches have led to lower incidences of certain types of cancer, heart disease and other conditions. About 26 million people in the United States have Type 2 Diabetes, and it is estimated that another 79 million people are at risk for becoming pre-diabetic. The disease was originally called Adult Onset Diabetes back when it was first recognized. Now the disease is called Type 2 because we can now diagnose it in childhood. [caption id="attachment_32...

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Don’t Let a Hernia Put a Strain on Your Life

Published November 23, 2012

Thomas-H.-Lewis By Dr. Thomas H. Lewis Hernias happen. They happen to overweight, out-of-shape smokers, and they happen to highly trained athletes. They happen to persons who strain too much while lifting, and they happen to those who merely sit in a chair. While they are more common in men, they also occur frequently in pregnant women. [caption id="attachment_4098" align="alignright" width="180"] Dr. Thomas H. Lewis[/caption] A hernia happens when a small portion of tissue from inside pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. In about 75 percent of cases, this occurs in the inguinal canal, the area where the abdomen meets the thigh. Men are...

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Clearing Up Confusion About Erectile Dysfunction

Published November 16, 2012

Craig Rinder, MD By Craig Rinder It was not too long ago that almost all cases of erectile dysfunction were attributed to anxiety, stress or other psychosocial factors. But now we understand that with almost every male who experiences erectile dysfunction, it is caused by a physical or biological problem, and sometimes can be a symptom of a serious medical condition. [caption id="attachment_542" align="alignright" width="200"] Craig Rinder, MD[/caption] Erectile dysfunction is most often a sign of a circulatory problem. You’ve got to have good blood flow in order to get an erection. Poor blood flow is most commonly brought on by cigarette smoking. ...

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Prostate Cancer Screening Still a Life-Saver

Published November 8, 2012

Craig Rinder, MD By Dr. Craig Rinder At the end of October, I conducted the 10th free prostate screening clinic since I began practicing medicine in Brattleboro. Over the years we have had a growing number of men in the community take advantage of this service and we hope to accommodate more. But one thing we don’t get to do, because of the patient load that comes into the day-long clinic, is answer any questions individuals may have about prostate health and why it’s important to get screened regularly. [caption id="attachment_542" align="alignright" width="200"] Craig Rinder, MD[/caption] A common misconception that is shared by people based on...

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Who Wants to Talk About Men’s Health

Published November 2, 2012

Richard A. Fletcher, RN, MSN, FNP By Richard Fletcher When I was asked to write a column about men’s health to help launch Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s “Beards for BMH” campaign, the first thing that came to mind was how difficult it can be for some men to even talk about their health. It’s not always easy for women either, but it seems like men tend to keep these things inside more often. It doesn’t matter if they’re talking to another man or to a woman. Some men just don’t want to talk about it. Period. So the most important men’s health issue is making them aware of how important it is to see a primary care provider for regular check-ups. [captio...

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A Pathologist’s Perspective on Healthcare Screening

Published October 26, 2012

Christopher D. Appleton, DO By Chris Appleton Most pathologists who work in laboratories at community hospitals like BMH don’t have direct contact with the public. Yet when you think about it, our duties actually bring us in contact with nearly all patients and every type of medical condition. Pathologists are frequently referred to as “the doctor’s doctor” because we are the physicians who conduct the laboratory tests ordered by family practitioners, surgeons and specialists who “see patients.” [caption id="attachment_472" align="alignright" width="200"] Christopher D. Appleton, DO[/caption] This is in part why The College of American Pathologists ...

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Breast Cancer Survival—How Far We Have Come

Published October 19, 2012

Joseph Rosen, MD Breast Cancer Survival—How Far We Have Come By Joseph Rosen, MD The National Football League teams are wearing pink shoes and gloves, PGA golfers are swinging pink golf clubs and everyone is wearing pink ribbons. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. How far we have come! Breast cancer used to be a taboo subject with women often presenting late with incurable disease. Today, there are close to 4 million women living as breast cancer survivors. This represents an amazing success in our fight with breast cancer. The explosion of breast cancer survivorship programs is a testament to how successful our war on cancer has been. ...

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Every Gesture Counts When Helping Breast Cancer Patients

Published October 10, 2012

Every Gesture Counts When Helping Breast Cancer Patients By Kimberly Hadfield I had a lot of helping hands to get me through my battle with breast cancer. Some were old friends, some were new friends, and some were people I barely knew. But they all made a difference in my treatment and have become a community as important to me as my family and my church. My story begins 10 years ago when I was 32 and felt a lump during a self-breast exam. It turned out not to be cancer. But between that scare and having a grandmother who survived breast cancer, I decided to start getting annual mammograms. One year later, my younger sister, Hope, was...

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