Health Matters Blog

In Vitro Fertilization: What’s New

Published April 11, 2014

Judith H. McBean, MD By: Judith McBean, MD Infertility affects approximately 1/8 reproductive age couples in the United States, however if they seek help, the chances of success has never been better. As couples enter into this world they are often faced with a daunting collection of procedures and terms that resemble alphabet soup. In this article we will explore the world of infertility and find out a little about what is new. [caption id="attachment_522" align="alignright" width="200"] Judith H. McBean, MD[/caption] In Vitro Fertilization or IVF is often used when other infertility treatments fail and is one of the most common assisted reproductive te...

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Human Papilloma Virus and Pap Smears—The Latest Guidelines

Published April 3, 2014

James E. Bunker, MD By: James Bunker, MD Human Papilloma Virus has garnered a great deal of attention in the gynecologic literature over the past decade, primarily as it relates to abnormal pap smears. Also referred to as HPV, human papilloma virus is a sexually transmitted virus that is extremely common, especially in reproductive age women less than 30 years of age. It is estimated that 80% of sexually active women will have HPV at some point in their lifetime. At any given moment in time, 25-30% the population between ages 14 and 59 can be found to harbor the virus. However, the highest prevalence occurs in women between the ages of 20-24, where it approac...

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Upper Extremity Pain

Published March 28, 2014

Chris Vitello By Chris Vitello, OT The human body is an amazing thing. With all of the bones and all of the muscles, it is amazing how it all works together so smoothly without fault. Most of the time we lose sight of this marvel, that is of course, until something does not go quite right. It is then when we question the marvel that is our body and why it is now not working quite to our specifications. My name is Chris Vitello and I am an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist working at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. I would like to touch upon some of the common ailments of the upper extremity that you may notice when our bodies are not wo...

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Slip Sliding Away

Published March 14, 2014

By Eileen Casey, PT Snow, rain, sleet, polar vortexes, yikes! The freezing and thawing can lead to frost heaves, potholes and uneven ground in many places. Even with the most diligent shoveling, plowing, sanding and salting, patches of ice or potholes can still be lurking, just waiting for you to step on them and fall. Just ask any of the folks treated this winter at the BMH Emergency Department for hip, wrist or arm fractures due to falls on the ice. As children, most of us had no fear of falling; you got up, brushed yourself off and kept going. It was no big deal. As a child you did many things that helped keep your balance system wor...

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My Life Check and the Simple Seven

Published March 5, 2014

By Jeff Harr, RCEP, Cardiopulmonary Rehab Coordinator February 2014 was the 50th anniversary of “American Heart Month”. This formal designation began in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1960, about 662,000 Americans died each year because of heart disease and 924,000 died from all forms of cardiovascular disease combined. In 2010, those figures were below 600,000 and 784,000, respectively. Those figures, however, do not tell the whole picture of the progress in the fight against heart disease since the population of the United States has increased by 129 million people between 1960 and 2010. [caption id="attachment_2198" align="...

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A Year In Review

Published February 26, 2014

Kathleen McGraw, MD By Dr. Kathleen McGraw, CMO 2014 is whirling by as if it is attached to some of the snowflakes we continue to have swirling around us. Like the snowfall, some of it is steady, some a flurry of activity, and some of it is fresh and new. But as this happens I’m also looking back to see where I’ve been. It’s just past the one year mark since I arrived in the position of Chief Medical Officer here at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. It’s been a busy year of new faces and challenges. Looking back, here is some of what I’ve seen happen at BMH. [caption id="attachment_8101" align="alignright" width="226"] Kathleen McGraw, MD[/caption] ...

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The Center for Cardiovascular Health: Heart Failure Clinic

Published February 21, 2014

Phaedra McDonough, APRN By Phaedra McDonough, APRN The Center for Cardiovascular Health at BMH launched a new program last August specifically supporting patients in our community who have been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). Congestive Heart Failure is a condition where your heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of those struggling with this disease, prevent those who have CHF from further compromise and decrease the overall cost of caring for this very disease. [caption id="attachment_8560" align="alignright" width="199"] Phaedra McDonough, APRN[/caption] Heart failure is the most expens...

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Go Red! Women and Heart Disease

Published February 14, 2014

Phaedra McDonough, APRN By Phaedra McDonough, APRN February is for Valentines and, appropriately, for Heart Health Month and Go Red! Heart disease kills a half million American women each year. That figure exceeds the next seven causes of death combined, including breast cancer. Five times as many women die from heart disease as from breast cancer. In recognition of the importance of heart health for women, the American Heart Association has designated February as Heart Health Month and has rolled out its Go Red campaign to increase awareness of women’s risks for heart disease. [caption id="attachment_8560" align="alignright" width="199"] Phaedra McDonough, ...

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BMH Successfully Completes Second Phase of New Emergency Department

Published January 31, 2014

Steven R. Gordon, CEO By Steven R. Gordon, President and CEO It has been a busy and productive 14 months since we took our first steps in the major renovation and expansion of our Emergency Department at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Our new Main Entrance and new ambulatory entrance for the Emergency Department officially opened last August and we added 2,500 square feet of new space to the ED. This marked the completion of Phase One of our $7.5 million renovation project. [caption id="attachment_5529" align="alignright" width="199"] Steven R. Gordon, CEO[/caption] Now, I am pleased to report we have not only completed our Doorway to Exceptional Care cap...

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Upper Respiratory Issues Part 2: Chest Colds

Published January 24, 2014

By John Todd, APRN, FPN In this second article, I’ll try to answer some questions about chest colds: What is a cough? When is it okay to suppress a cough? What can help get rid of a chest cold? A cough often comes after “the sniffles” and the post-nasal drip that settles onto the chest. Don’t sniffle; by doing so, some tiny droplets of phlegm are pulled deep into your lungs. Avoid using your lungs to pull that sinus phlegm back to your throat. Instead, regularly blow your nose so you’ll not invite a chest cold. What is a cough? The 3 basic reasons to cough are to clear out thick mucus, to open airways (like with asthma...

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