SVMC Wellness Connection: May 10

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May 10, 2024

What To Do When Food Allergies Strike

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Every 10 seconds, someone is rushed to the emergency department because of an allergic reaction to something they ate. May 12 - 18 is Food Allergy Awareness Week, a great time to learn how to recognize the symptoms and why the right response is critical. 

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Don't Let Your Bladder Hold You Back

We’ve all experienced the panic that ensues when you wait too long to go to the bathroom. But for more than 15% of men and 45% of women in the U.S., that feeling of panic and immediate need to pee is a part of daily life. Anthony Donaldson, MD, a board-certified urologist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, provides tips on how you can regain control of your bladder and your life.

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Hearing Loss in Little Ones is a Big Deal

From the moment they are born, children start to develop language. But for children with untreated hearing loss, their ability to learn language and produce clear speech can lead to developmental challenges. Read More.

Dementia: Recognizing Early Signs

At a time when almost 10% of U.S. adults aged 65 and older have dementia, it’s important to be able to differentiate normal signs of aging from early signs of the disease. Read more.

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Turtles on the Roadway Need Your Help

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont's turtles are on the move, and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking for the public's help in keeping them safe.  
 
Female turtles will soon be looking for places to lay their eggs, and they sometimes choose inconvenient or dangerous locations.  For example, turtles often lay eggs in gravel parking lots and driveways and along road shoulders, which puts them at risk of being hit by motor vehicles.
 
"Turtles commonly cross roads as they move to nesting sites and summer foraging habitats," said Luke Groff, biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.  "Many turtles killed on roads are mature breeding females, so not only is the female taken from the population but so are her future offspring.  Turtles grow slowly and females of some species may not reproduce until 10 or even 15 years old.  So, for small, isolated populations, the loss of mature breeding females may have population-level effects." 
 
Turtle nesting activity peaks between late May and mid-June, and drivers are urged to keep an eye out for turtles on the road – especially when driving near ponds, rivers and wetlands. 
 
"Turtles are usually slow to move, so they have a tough time safely crossing roads.  If you spot a turtle on the road, please consider helping it across but be sure you're in a safe spot to pull over and get out of your car.  Human safety comes first," said Groff.  "If you're going to move a turtle off the road, always move it in the direction it was traveling.  They know where they're going." 
 
Most turtles can be picked up and carried across the road.  However, snapping turtles have long necks and a powerful bite, so people should be alert and know what the species looks like.  If the turtle is large or if it lacks colorful lines, spots, or other markings, then it may be a snapper.  Instead of picking up snappers with your hands, try lifting them with a shovel or pulling them across the road on cardboard or a car floor mat.
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