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” […]

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Physical Rehab Can Help with Vertigo

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.

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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 […]

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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.

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