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Scientists Tease Out Genes That Signal Risk Of Heart Failure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists are unraveling a mystery behind a fairly common disease that leads to heart failure: Why do some people with a key mutated gene fall ill while others stay healthy?
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Former Crack Addict Now Helps Others
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- One night, 10 years ago, Blossom Rogers took her last hit of crack cocaine.
Thursday, January 22, 2015

East Haven Library Plans Blood Pressure Clinic
The East Haven Library announces its newest program to help make the community more healthy. Free blood pressure screenings/monitoring will be provided every second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-noon.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dr. Ahmad Shahzad Joins Kingdom Internal Medicine
Dr. Ahmad Shahzad has recently joined Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital's Kingdom Internal Medicine (KIM) as a full-time internal medicine physician.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Study: Environment trumps genetics in shaping immune system
WASHINGTON (AP) -- How your immune system does its job seems to depend more on your environment and the germs you encounter than on your genes, says new research that put twins to the test to find out.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TV Alcohol Ads Associated With Drinking Behavior In Young People
Seeing and liking alcohol advertising on television among underage youths was associated with the onset of drinking, binge drinking and hazardous drinking, according to a study by researchers at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) and Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) published online by JAMA Pediatrics.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Heatlh Watch: Cervical Cancer -- More Preventable Now
The history of cervical cancer treatment is a 72-year success story marked by two major advances.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NVRH Auxiliary Meet For Their January Meeting
On Jan. 9, the NVRH Auxiliary met for its bi-monthly meeting. The membership approved the secretary and treasurer reports after dining in the Courtyard Café. The membership was updated on policy changes and program changes, as well as updates on new programs.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Whole Health and a NEW START
The whole of January is a month for new starts and what is more important than our health? This year let's focus on our whole health. Whole health is a sense of well-being in our bodies, and in our minds, as well as in our souls. How is that achieved?
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Obese Preschoolers May Slim Down With Head Start, Study Says
CHICAGO (AP) -- Head Start programs have been shown to help poor children do better in school, but they may also help them fight obesity, a study suggests.
Thursday, January 15, 2015

2 Leading Ebola Vaccines Appear Safe, Further Tests Starting
LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization says the two leading Ebola vaccines appear safe and will soon be tested in healthy volunteers in West Africa.
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Health Watch: Don't Let Afib Halt Your Exercise Plan
When his doctor told him he had atrial fibrillation, a heart arrhythmia, my co-worker was disbelieving. A runner for 25 years, he felt that his heart was invincible. The proof was there, though, in the electrocardiogram printout. And, recently, some of his runs had become labored, making him feel he was out of shape, even though he knew that he wasn't.
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Medicare Aims To Improve Coordinating Seniors' Chronic Care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Adjusting medications before someone gets sick enough to visit the doctor. Updating outside specialists so one doctor's prescription doesn't interfere with another's.
Thursday, January 15, 2015

As Flu Becomes More Widespread, CDC Pushes Antiviral Meds
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the midst of a worrisome flu season, health officials are pushing doctors to prescribe antiviral medicines more often.
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Health Watch: Colonoscopy And Other Options
Whenever they inquire about colorectal cancer screening, doctors are accustomed to hearing excuses. "Not right now," the patient may say. Or "I'll think about it."
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Start A Lifesaving Habit By Giving Blood
The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to start a lifesaving habit by becoming a regular blood donor this year, starting with National Blood Donor Month in January.
Thursday, January 8, 2015

When to Seek Medical Attention When You Have the Flu
BURLINGTON -- If you have symptoms of flu and are at increased risk for complications (young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions such as asthma), contact your doctor or health care provider.
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bethlehem Sixth Grader Donates To Wigs For Kids
Scottie Lane, 12, a sixth grader in Bethlehem, N.H., shows the recent donation he made to Wigs For Kids. He grew his hair for over a year and was assisted in his donation by hair dress Willa Greenleaf, who works in St. Johnsbury. Scottie's 6-year-old brother Zander Lane, a Bethlehem kindergartener will be ready to make a donation himself in about a month. The two are the sons of April Lane. Wigs For Kids is a nonprofit that provides Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families. Learn more at www.wigsforkids.org.
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fake Bar Part Of Research Into Anti-drinking Drug
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's no skunky bar odor amid the beer taps. Instead of booze, colored water fills the bottles. The real alcohol is locked away but still close enough for the extra temptation of smell -- and to test the safety of a new drug designed to help heavy drinkers say "when" sooner than usual.
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cold Emergencies
Sure, if you've lived in the North Country for even a few winters, you know it can get cold. But are you aware of the risks, which come with cold, windy or wet conditions?
Saturday, January 3, 2015


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