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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Melissa Prouty pores over patient charts at her Bennington office, and clearly has a lot on her mind these days. Her thoughts are not just on her work as a family nurse practitioner, but also as a mother who is starting to … more
Q: I read that you can use your own stem cells to rejuvenate worn-out knees. Does this really work? A: "Worn out" is a good way to term what happens to the knee joint with prolonged use. Let's look at how this happens, starting with cartilage. The … more
UTRECHT, Netherlands — Els van der Heijden, who has cystic fibrosis, was finding it ever harder to breathe as her lungs filled with thick, sticky mucus. Despite taking more than a dozen pills and inhalers a day, the 53-year-old had to stop … more
Q: Just how bad is it to give kids fruit juice before they turn 1? A: Fruit juice has been touted as "part of a nutritious breakfast" for years. As a child, I was told that juice was good for me, providing me with vitamin C. After all, it was a … more
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Pledges by college students to eschew drugs and alcohol are old hat. Now they're meditating, working out, practicing yoga, eating healthfully, and at least one school, the … more
NEW YORK — A high school sports study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute shows that many individual states are not fully implementing key safety guidelines to protect athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions, including heat … more
I was lucky. I cared for my husband in his dying time for only nine months. He died at home in hospice, not a day too soon. He had enough time to put his affairs in order, say his goodbyes, conduct … more
It's one the most common human fears and phobias of all, particularly for those of us beyond our 20s, as we remember the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of going to the dentist in our childhood. The big needle. The high-pitched whirr and … more
The aging of the Baby Boom generation and a sharp rise in the incidence of diabetes and obesity in the larger population have literally opened a stubborn wound — a dramatic increase in the prevalence of chronic wounds that resist basic … more
Q: My 83-year-old mother has advanced osteoporosis. She and I recently read several articles touting the benefits of vitamin K2. Does it help strengthen bones? If so, what is the recommended daily dose? Are there side effects? A: Vitamin K is … more
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