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Dr. Joyce Dobbertin Works in Rural Villages in Guyana, South America
Dr. Joyce Dobbertin, Family Practitioner at NVRH Corner Medical, just returned from working with the Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission in Guyana, South America.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dr. Lockridge To Speak On Osteoporosis
Dr. Leslie Lockridge will speak at the Oct. 4 meeting of Better Bones of the Northeast Kingdom. Better Bones of the Northeast Kingdom is a National Osteoporosis Foundation education and support group that meets monthly in Derby at the Community National Bank.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Aging In Place - Athletes at 80
Among the most fascinating men I have met are two athletes, both well into their 80's. Both, when we met, appeared remarkably healthy, strong and robust. The odd thing is that what I learned most from each was not about fitness, but about aging.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Health Watch: Diabetics - Take Care of Your Feet
My cousin loved to walk barefoot -- in the grass, on wet sand, across the kitchen floor. When she was diagnosed with diabetes, her doctor told her that barefoot walking was not advised.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dementia Care Workshops Offered In St Johnsbury This Fall
ST. JOHNSBURY -- The Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont is offering three workshops this fall based on the Best Friendsā?¢ Approach to Dementia Care.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

US Warns That Ebola Could Infect 1.4 million
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January -- or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lyndon Blood Donor Honored At Fenway Park
Lyndonville resident Vickie Jenkins recently had the experience of a lifetime when she was honored on the field at Fenway Park prior to the Boston Red Sox game against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 24.
Monday, September 22, 2014

Open House Features New ACHS Dental & Oral Health Center
Littleton -- Despite foul weather, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services (ACHS) hosted a robust crowd at its recent Open House celebrating National Health Center Week. About 100 people toured the soon-to-open ACHS Dental & Oral Health Center, which resides in the newly renovated building on the corner of Mount Eustis Road and Cottage Street in Littleton.
Friday, September 19, 2014

Generous Girl
Abigail Kelly, 5, shows off the donation she recently made to Wigs for Kids. Her hair was cut at Pure Envy Salon in Lyndonville by Kathy Berry. Wigs for Kids is an organization 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. For more information,
Thursday, September 18, 2014

CDC Study: Americans' Bellies Are Expanding Fast
CHICAGO (AP) -- The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures -- the most dangerous kind of obesity -- has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

NVRH Accepting Community Health Grant Applications
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is accepting applications for the NVRH Community Health Fund grant. Up to $10,000 in funds is available for programs and services targeting the priority areas of obesity, mental health and substance abuse, and poverty related health issues.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Family Support Team Training At LRH
As part of Littleton Regional Healthcare's continued efforts to provide patient and family centered care to the community, the Hospital implemented a Family Support Team on Sept. 1, 2009. The next Semi-Annual Family Support Team training will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9:30 through 5 in the Medical Office Building Conference Room at Littleton Regional Hospital.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kids' Poisonings Linked To Anti-addiction Medicine
CHICAGO (AP) -- An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nothing Dampens Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for The Moffett Building
On Thursday, Sept. 11, 150 people gathered for fun festivities and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovated offices for Dan Wyand PT and St. Johnsbury Pediatrics, which are housed in The Moffett Building. Each office received 2,100 square feet of new space, while their original space was renovated as well. The majority of the work was done by Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital's Plant Operations staff, led by Richard Degreenia, with help from local contractors as well.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Health Watch: Supplements - Risk of Contamination
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food, said Hippocrates. It's hard to dispute the merit of that statement, and it is the basic premise behind dietary supplements. More than half of Americans take one or more supplements -- including vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, enzymes and animal extracts. Some take them to make sure they are getting enough of an essential nutrient; others take them because of health claims they have read or heard from friends. Many Americans embrace supplements as "alternative medicine," more natural and safer than prescription drugs, they feel.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Powerful Tools For Caregivers Class Offered in Newport for Family Caregivers
Are you are feeling stretched as you care for a family member? If your answer is yes, Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class series designed for you. Newcomers are welcome as are those who would like to take the class again. The series in Newport begins Sept. 30.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Healthy Fun For Families - "Put Your Best Foot Forward"
Activity Idea: School is back in session. Studies show that physical activity can significantly improve academic performance, so why not help your children start the day on the right foot? A short walk with the dog or a stroll to the bus stop are easy ways fit a ten minute activity into their day. If walking is not their thing, try jumping rope or jumping jacks. It really doesn't matter what they do, as long as they are moving their body.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Free Workshop for Healthier Living Offered by North Country Hospital
North Country Hospital is holding a Healthier Living Workshop series to run on Thursdays from Oct. 2 to Nov. 6.
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Serious Respiratory Illness Hits Hundreds Of Kids
CHICAGO (AP) -- Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Upcoming Blood Drives
BURLINGTON -- Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

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