Health Matters Blog

Wanna Get Away Safely? Visit a Travel Clinic First

Published January 30, 2013

Jean Bristol By Jean Bristol [caption id="attachment_8061" align="alignright" width="228"] Jean Bristol[/caption] We’re in the midst of another busy travel season here in New England. Starting with the holidays in December, through the cold depths of winter, and right on into spring break, we see more patients in the BMH Travel Clinic now than at any other time of year. But the urge to escape the snow isn’t the only reason people are planning trips at this time of year. A lot of companies in this community send workers abroad for business reasons. Printers maintain relationships in India, machine shops send people to China and makers of natural sup...

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Understanding Kidney Stones

Published January 25, 2013

Craig Rinder, MD By Craig Rinder Kidney stones are one of the most common problems seen by urologists. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of Americans have kidney stones. There are various causes for kidney stones as well as many different types. Most kidney stones contain calcium but some may be composed of other substances such as uric acid. [caption id="attachment_542" align="alignright" width="200"] Craig Rinder, MD[/caption] Many people first suspect they have a kidney stone because they feel pain in their lower back, abdomen or side, depending on where it’s located in either the kidney or ureter. But some stones will not cause any pain at ...

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Less is More with New CT Scan Technology

Published January 18, 2013

By Marcy Rushford I am pleased to announce that Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has completed installation of a new, technically advanced 64-multislice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner. The new technology ensures quality diagnostics, improved speed of delivery and optimized patient safety (less radiation) for our patients. [caption id="attachment_4905" align="alignright" width="300"] Marcy Rushford[/caption] CT scanning represented one of the biggest jumps forward in radiologic technology when it was developed some 40 years ago. The images are produced in slices, like a loaf of bread, to give medical providers a cross-section of the ar...

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MRI Suite

Published January 11, 2013

By Marcy Rushford The planned move of our Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment into its new home on the ground floor of the Richards Building presented the hospital with an opportunity to update to the latest available technology. It also enabled us to take advantage of what we, as well as the whole imaging industry, have learned about how we can make patients more comfortable with Magnetic Resonance Imaging. [caption id="attachment_4905" align="alignright" width="300"] Marcy Rushford[/caption] There’s a level of stress for any patient whenever he or she needs to have a diagnostic imaging test. While MRI isn’t frequently us...

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Group Support Works for Losing Weight

Published January 4, 2013

By Peg Canal-Wittler With the New Year, we think about ways to improve our lives by taking a class, starting a new hobby, maybe looking for a new job. Health-related resolutions are great, but often the hardest to keep: exercise more, quit smoking, and eat healthier. [caption id="attachment_245" align="alignright" width="115"] Peg Canal-Wittler[/caption] We hear how the support of friends helps a lot in keeping your New Year’s resolutions. That’s certainly true with the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, where members say the group support makes all the difference. Members have lost from five ...

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Guidelines for Limiting Screen Time

Published December 28, 2012

Cynthia Howes, RN, CPNP By Cynthia Howes Pediatric health practitioners have long cautioned parents about limiting the amount of television their children watch. Now, with the internet, smartphones, tablets, and portable gaming systems, screen time has increased dramatically. [caption id="attachment_6052" align="alignright" width="199"] Cynthia Howes, RN, CPNP[/caption] In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revised its recommendations about watching television to include these new media. The goal is not to label these devices or their contents as bad, but to give parents information to make informed decisions about how, when and where they are u...

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Strategies for Managing Family Stress During Holidays

Published December 21, 2012

Cynthia Howes, RN, CPNP By Cynthia Howes Children’s health practitioners spend a great deal of time working with families on creating routines that ensure children and their families are getting enough rest, eating healthy foods and staying active. These patterns are the key elements for children of all ages, from infant to adolescent, to be physically and emotionally healthy. [caption id="attachment_6052" align="alignright" width="199"] Cynthia Howes, RN, CPNP[/caption] Often, holidays are a time when regular patterns are disrupted. Family gatherings, Christmas concerts, and preparations for the holidays are just a few examples of seasonal events that th...

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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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