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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:

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.

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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…

Scientist Johann Wilhelm Ritter first discovered ultraviolet light in 1801. He determined that it was invisible electromagnetic radiation at wavelengths between 10-400 nm. In addition to UVA and UVB, which come to us from the sun, a third type, UVC, has the potential to disinfect spaces. Her…

If the threat of a weeks-long illness isn’t quite enough to motivate you to take important precautions against COVID-19 — including masking, distancing, washing hands, and socializing outdoors and only for short periods of time — perhaps the threat of a potentially years-long illness is.

We are all excited to welcome our students home from college or boarding school. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, doing so safely requires some extra effort. There are three possibilities for doing this safely.

The teenage years are a difficult time for parents and their children, even when there isn’t a pandemic. COVID-19 has intensified all of our parent-teen interactions by introducing yet another big safety concern and keeping us in closer proximity than ever before. As cooler weather closes in…

Herd immunity occurs when the spread of a disease is slowed, because most people are immune. It is usually achieved when most of the population receives an effective vaccine. In fact, it is through vaccination that we have managed some of the world’s most serious contagious diseases, includi…

We are used to thinking of COVID hotpots as areas of the country that are experiencing uncontrolled outbreaks. They are the states and counties that are all lit up in red and yellow on the evening news. What if we applied that same “hotspot” idea to our neighborhoods or activities? Which pla…

Tick activity spikes each spring and again in the fall. This time of year, ticks are looking for their last meal before they lay eggs in the winter. Tick bites can cause Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, among other tick-borne diseases, which come with debilitating symptoms three to 30 days aft…

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