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As a healthcare provider, I know the quickest way out of the COVID pandemic is to get everyone a vaccine as soon as possible. The Vermont Department of Health, together with the federal government, is expanding access to vaccines at every opportunity and working, locally and statewide, to en…

During the pandemic, social media has shown to be an incredibly valuable medium to stay connected with family and friends. But, there are some days when it feels like some of the posts have come straight out of the National Enquirer. As a result, many people are having a difficult time telli…

As a physician, I know that COVID-19 is extremely dangerous. That message has been lost on some. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is killing more than 3,000 people in the United States each day. We now have the “antidote” in two highly efficacious and safe vaccines. Once the vaccine supply increases sig…

BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Health Care is launching a new weekly interactive digital presentation called "Medical Weekly" with Trey Dobson, MD. The show will be produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television, and will air at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting Feb. 10.

Initial news reports about the effectiveness of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine reported that it was “only 66 percent effective.” If we could edit those stories, we would strike the “only” and replace it with “a remarkable.” We would write: “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine for COVID-19 i…

Here in southwestern Vermont, cases of COVID-19 are higher than ever. Hospitalizations are up, too. Many people are seriously ill, even as I write this, and their families are working through all of the fear and uncertainty that comes with a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Vermont receives a mean of 13.5 inches of snow each February, so it’s a good time for a refresher on snow blower safety. While our snow-removal machines are helpful, they can be dangerous, too. In fact, the majority of winter hand injuries relate to the use of a snow blower. They add up to t…

Imagine that you are a football player. Would you ever opt not to wear your helmet because you were wearing your shoulder pads? Of course not. As a football player, you know that you need all of your protective equipment to stand up against your opponent. And just because you, individually, …

BENNINGTON — The following questions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccines have been provided by the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

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Rates of COVID-19 in our communities are higher than ever. Experts at the Vermont Department of Health have related the increase to gatherings over the holidays.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease. It’s what happens when your body can’t make enough insulin or use it properly. Insulin is the hormone that regulates blood sugar. Too much sugar in the blood causes a lot of complications. People with diabetes are at high risk for nerve damage, kidney di…

As an OB/GYN, it is important to me that my pregnant and nursing patients and those who may become pregnant have all of the information they need to make a good decision about whether or not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s what we know:

BENNINGTON — People with an A1C reading that indicates that they may be headed for a diabetes diagnosis now have extra support to help them avoid the disease, which is irreversible. The year-long Prevent T2 Lifestyle Change Program is virtual and free. The program is scheduled to begin 5:30 …

As a physician, I get a lot of questions from people about how they can possibly visit with their loved ones this holiday season. While it’s so frustrating, because many people would do almost anything to see their close friends and family for the holidays, doing so is simply not safe.

BENNINGTON — Cooking and eating healthfully can be challenging, especially if you are undergoing cancer treatment, recovering from cancer, living with cancer, or living cancer-free. That’s why SVMC has invited its experts—registered dietitian Kristin Irace; medical oncologist Charlene Ives, …

The healthiest people understand the benefits of having a health care team. You work with your primary care physician and pharmacist, for instance, to ensure you are getting the appropriate screenings and taking your medications properly. Depending on your situation, your PCP might refer you…

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