Plants to Avoid This Summer


By Danny Ballentine, Grace Cottage Emergency Department Physician Assistant

If you grew up in this country, you’ve probably somewhat familiar with our three most common poisonous plants: poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. We don’t have to worry about poison oak in the Northeast, as it generally grows only in the Southeast and along the West Coast. But poison sumac and poison ivy are both native here, so they are definitely plants to look for and to avoid.


The Right Formula for Colon Health

William Monahan

By Bill Monahan, Grace Cottage Community Health Team RN Outreach Coordinator as originally appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer’s Graceful Health series, July 1, 2016 When applied properly, any well-proven equation produces good results. The formula for avoiding colon cancer is relatively easy: Colon Health = Preparation + Screening + Prevention. Colorectal cancer, often referred to […]


Bone Density Testing: Not Just for Women

Angie Clark

By Angie Clark, Grace Cottage Hospital Director of Diagnostic Imaging
as originally appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer’s Graceful Health series, June 3, 2016

The latest news to come out regarding osteoporosis is that testing for men tends to fall through the cracks.

While women’s bone health is often followed closely by their primary care and ob-gyn providers, men aren’t as likely to get regular check-ups or to be referred for bone density testing when it is needed.


Be Prepared for Anaphylaxis

Natalie Harding

By Natalie Harding, Grace Cottage Hospital PA-C
as originally appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer’s Graceful Health series, May 20, 2016

Summertime in Vermont. It’s a great time of year for getting together outdoors with family and friends, fixing up the house, catching up on yard work.

Unfortunately, it’s also a great time of year for bugs that bite and sting, and they love to join the picnic.


Your Summer Camp Health-Wise To-Do List

Elizabeth Linder

By Dr. Elizabeth Linder, Grace Cottage Pediatrician
as originally appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer’s Graceful Health series, May 6, 2016

Sleeping bag? Check. Bathing suit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. T-shirts and jeans? Check. What else do you need to be ready for your kids’ summer camp? Whether they are headed to day camp or away camp, here are some tips to make sure they stay safe and healthy.


Stress Does Not Have to be a Way of Life

By Caroline Chase, Grace Cottage Behavioral Health Specialist, as originally appeared in the April 22, 2016 Brattleboro Reformer’s “Graceful Health” column. When I was asked to write an article on stress, it gave me an opportunity to deliberately examine the role of stress in my own life and in the lives of clients I see in […]


Gearing Up for a 5K

By Dr. Moss Linder, Grace Cottage Family Health, as originally appeared in the April 8, 2016 Brattleboro Reformer’s “Graceful Health” column. About a year ago, the Reformer published an article I wrote about the importance of fitting exercise in to your daily routine. I titled that article “Make Sure Exercise is in Your Pill Planner” […]


Physical Rehab Can Help with Vertigo


By Melissa Walker, Grace Cottage Physical Therapist.

Vestibular rehab is physical therapy for your vestibular system, one of the body systems that helps you maintain your balance when you stand and move. The system is made up of several parts within the inner ear that tell you whether you are standing upright or not, and that provide information on the position and motion of your head, stabilizing you as you move.


Poison Prevention: It’s Not Just About Children

Kenny Rudd in ER

By Dr. Kenneth Rudd, Grace Cottage Hospital Emergency Department Co-Director as appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer’s Graceful Health series, March 11, 2016 National Poison Week is March 20-26 this year. For the past 55 years, this event has been held to raise awareness and provide strategies for poison prevention. The headline used by the National Poison […]


Should I get the shingles vaccine?

Lucian Devan

By Devon Lucier, AGNP, Grace Cottage Family Health

If you have ever known anyone with shingles, you will understand why the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that eligible adults become vaccinated.

Shingles is a very painful rash caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Anyone who has had chicken pox (and rarely, those who had the chicken pox vaccine, which includes a weakened strain of the virus) can develop shingles. For reasons not yet understood, the chickenpox virus reactivates and causes shingles. It may have to do with one’s immune system, and the tendency increases with age.