We have had some very hot days so far this summer, and there are surely more to come. This made us wonder about how what we drink and how much we drink when the temperature and humidity peak, affect how we feel. We chatted with Kate Bean, a registered dietitian, certified diabetes care and e…

Biking is a very popular activity, especially here in Vermont, and it is a great form of exercise. But without protective gear, it can be dangerous. According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, bike injuries accounted for more than half of visits to the emergency room for those younger than 19.

Occasionally, I get an email from a camp, school or even my local Rotary asking whether I can present an insect program. So it was not unusual last week for me to be handing insect nets to excited Cub Scouts. I led them toward some ash trees and made sure each Scout had an insect to examine …

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Mid-summer is often a quiet time for flowers — many gardens have fewer dramatic blossoms than in the spring. I have made an effort to have plenty blooming now. It’s true that my Japanese primroses, peonies and Siberian iris have gone by. But I have many others, old favorites and lesser-known…

Have you ever had a flu-like syndrome in the middle of the summer? Did you have any new symptoms or worsening joint pain after the flu-like syndrome? In a Lyme-endemic region like Vermont, tick-borne illness could be the culprit for those symptoms. Flu-like symptoms, headache, neck stiffness…

Aphasia is “an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write.” (ASHA). Aphasia does not imply a person has an impairment in intelligence or thinking. Aphasia can be deficits in speaking, understanding or both. Most often, this im…

Did you know LGBTQ+ individuals have a higher risk of substance use and misuse than their heterosexual/cisgender peers? Survey data from the 2019 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows Rutland County youth and young adults who identify as LGBTQ+ report higher rates of alcohol use (37% vers…

Many people come in seeking relief for lower back pain through massage, and massage does help. What most are surprised with is how important the anterior portion of the body is, from the thighs to the ribs. It can be most surprising to find relief is brought to the muscles of the back by rel…