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Prayer Shawl Knitter Hits 500!
Judy Harbaugh, right, Executive Assistant at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, hands Chaplain Abby Pollender the 500th shawl she knit for the Prayer Shawl Program at the hospital. Judy has been a volunteer knitter of prayer shawls for about five years, because "it's one of the ways I can give to our patients." Says Chaplain Abby, "one of the most tangible ways we offer our patients comfort is by giving them one of the beautiful prayer shawls that have been lovingly knitted by our small group of volunteers. The shawl represents comfort and care, and our best wishes for healing. Judy had been a faithful knitter for years, and on behalf of the prayer shawl program, we are very grateful."
Thursday, February 26, 2015

NVRH's Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention Coalition Educate Public About Dangers Of E-Cigarettes
A three-fold increase in the number of youth, who had never smoked a cigarette, but are now using e-Cigarettes, (79,000 in 2011 and 263,000 in 2013, according to a CDC study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research) has health and prevention experts concerned! E-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to smoking, nor a proven strategy for quitting, as some uninformed users believe.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Health Watch: Chronic Bronchitis ?? Don't Live with It
At first, you had an extended bout of coughing and throat clearing every morning. Then the coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath started taking up a good part of each day. You call it your smoker's cough and decide that you're just going to live with it.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

3 Men 1st To Get Reconstructed Bionic Hands After Amputation
LONDON (AP) -- Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

White Mountains Community College And North Country Health Consortium Announce Availability Of Health Career Training Scholarships
LITTLETON-- White Mountains Community College (WMCC) and the North Country Health Consortium (NCHC) announce immediate availability of training scholarships for the Licensed Nursing Assistant, Medication Nursing Assistant, and Health and Wellness Advocate Certificate programs. Training scholarships are designed to cover 100% of tuition and related program costs for eligible students.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NVRH Begins Baby Cuddler Program
NVRH has launched a Baby Cuddler Program at NVRH. Baby Cuddlers are volunteers who provide developmental interaction to babies in the NVRH Birth Center. This developmental interaction may take the form of soothing, stimulation, and play. Their primary responsibility is to nurture babies in the nursery. They will meet the physical and emotional needs of each infant as needed.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Understanding The Obesity Epidemic
So what about this obesity epidemic in our nation and how does it relate to our local communities? Is it preventable? Controllable? Inevitable? Are we making progress toward or away from a healthier next generation? And at what cost?
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Vaccine Opposition Has Ebbed And Flowed Over Centuries
NEW YORK (AP) -- They're considered one of mankind's greatest medical achievements, yet people have balked at vaccines almost since the time of the first vaccination -- in 1796, when an English country doctor named Edward Jenner inoculated an 8-year-old boy against smallpox.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Brain stents show big promise for certain stroke patients
Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear a blood clot in the brain, greatly lowering the risk a patient will end up disabled.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Study Ties More Deaths, Types Of Disease, To Smoking
Breast cancer, prostate cancer, and even routine infections. A new report ties these and other maladies to smoking and says an additional 60,000 to 120,000 deaths each year in the United States are probably due to tobacco use.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Health Watch: Taking Care of Your Kidneys
The most common reasons for kidney failure are diabetes (43.8 percent of cases) and high blood pressure (26.8 percent). But kidney failure (or end-stage renal disease) can and does occur for many other reasons -- and at any age. It's important to know what can damage your kidneys and what you can do to protect them.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Senator Sanders Visits Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
Senator Bernie Sanders visited Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital on Monday afternoon. He is a member of the Health Education Labor Committee in the Senate. Many topics were touched upon briefly; he asked how NVRH and its many collaborators, like Northern Counties Healthcare and Northeast Kingdom Human Services, were working together.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Redefining Chronic Fatigue With Better Diagnosis, New Name
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors are getting a new way to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome -- and influential government advisers say it's time to replace that hated name, too, to show it's a real and debilitating disease.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Measles Cases Turn Attention To Bounty Of Childhood Vaccines
CHICAGO (AP) -- Measles is in the news, but it's just one of more than a dozen preventable -- and sometimes forgotten -- diseases targeted by vaccines for children.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Caribbean Blues: Mosquito Virus Is Sickening More Travelers
Thousands of travelers to the Caribbean and nearby regions are coming home with an unwanted souvenir: a mosquito-borne virus that recently settled there.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Health Watch: Autism Is Still on the Rise: Why?
The story, reported by the Centers for Disease Control, is an old one: autism is still on the rise, now being diagnosed in 1 of every 68 eight-year-old American children. This compares to a rate of about 1 of every 2,000 children during the 1970s and 1980s.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

NVRH Opens Renovated Cardiac-Pulmonary Rehab Facility
Chris Douglas, RN and Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager, stands in the newly renovated space recently completed for cardiac and pulmonary rehab. The reconfiguration of space allowed for an office for Douglas where she can hold education sessions for patients. There are three levels of rehabilitation for heart patients, covering all phases of heart health. "The new space is great, and it's particularly wonderful to move into our new space during National Heart Month, which is February," said Douglas.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

UK Moves Toward Making Babies From DNA Of 3 People
LONDON (AP) -- Britain moved Tuesday toward allowing scientists to create humans from the DNA of three people.
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Poison Center Concerned About Uptick In Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
PORTLAND, Maine -- In the wake of multiple winter storms, the Northern New England Poison Center has seen 30 cases of exposure to carbon monoxide in the last week. This number is much higher than typical, even for this time of year -- the NNEPC averaged about 8 such cases per week in January and February from 2012-2014. The NNEPC offers the following tips to help avoid this potentially fatal poisoning.
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Toddler Food Often Has Too Much Salt, Sugar, CDC Study Says
CHICAGO (AP) -- Many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar, potentially creating an early taste for foods that may contribute to obesity and other health risks, according to a new government study.
Thursday, February 5, 2015

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