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Dear Marci: A Medicare Advice Column
Dear Marci,
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Weeks Offers Foot Health Tips During National Foot Health Awareness Month
According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, the average person takes 10,000 steps each day and every step can place two to three times of body weight forces on the feet. April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a time when the experts at the Weeks Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center suggest people take a moment to stand up for their feet.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

NVRH One of Top 52 Hospitals Nationwide with the Cleanest Patient Rooms
Becker's Hospital Review has named Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital one of the top 52 hospitals nationwide with the cleanest patient rooms, as reported by patients.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

National Alliance On Mental Illness Offering Free Mental Illness Workshop In Bradford
The Mental Illness and Recovery workshop is for family members, peers, professionals, and community members who want to learn more about mental illness and recovery. This daylong workshop will be held on Saturday, May 2, from 9-4 p.m. at Riverbend Career and Technical Center in Bradford.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

18 Attend Babysitting Class
Shauna Barrett, with her 5-month-old daughter Ava, and Erica Owen, RN, teach the annual spring Babysitting Class at NVRH on April 18. Eighteen girls, ages 11-15 participated. The class gives girls and boys the safety skills and confidence to be a great babysitter. Each participant receives a certificate of completion.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Upcoming Blood Drives In The Region
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this May in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8 -- the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder Henry Dunant.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Healthier Living Workshop Taught For Ten Years At NVRH
The Healthier Living Workshop (HLW) is a free six-week session for people living with chronic health conditions. The program was developed at Stanford University Patient Education Research Center as a collaborative research project between Stanford University and the Northern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Health Watch: Mindfulness - Meditating Away Stress
When Thoreau went to Walden Pond in 1846, he didn't take a laptop, tablet or iphone. He didn't have access to Google, email, Facebook or Twitter. Even so, he felt a need to go to the woods "because I wished to live deliberately, to face only the essential facts of life."
Thursday, April 23, 2015

North Country Hospital Honors Volunteers
The patients and families as well as staff of North Country Hospital appreciate their volunteers all year, and last week the group was recognized for their dedication and many hours of service at a volunteer dinner prepared and hosted by the hospital's food and nutrition department.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Aging in Place by Scott Funk: Hip, Again
There have been so many kind inquires about my hip replacement operation, I thought I'd update everyone. It was an incredible success, beyond anything I could have imagined. I'm very happy with my titanium hip.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Not Just Back Talk By Crick & Crack, The Chiropractors: Pillow Talk
Bonnie asks - "What are some recommendations when purchasing a pillow?"
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Study: US Moms Typically Space Pregnancies 2½ Years Apart
NEW YORK (AP) -- For U.S. moms, the typical time between pregnancies is about 2½ years but nearly a third of women space their children too close, a government study shows.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pill-taking Can Be Less Yucky For Kids, Study Review Finds
CHICAGO (AP) -- Many sick kids can't or won't swallow pills -- and that can make them sicker. But there may be some pretty simple ways to help the medicine go down, a new study says.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Unprecedented Germ Diversity Found In Remote Amazonian Tribe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a remote part of the Venezuelan Amazon, scientists have discovered that members of a village isolated from the modern world have the most diverse colonies of bacteria ever reported living in and on the human body.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Study: Many Medicare cataract patients given needless tests
Millions of older people are getting tests they don't need to prove they are healthy enough to have cataracts removed, a new study finds. The excess testing before this quick, ultra-safe eye procedure is costing them and Medicare a bundle, and many patients don't know they can question it, doctors say.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Patients' Medical Records Under Threat From Data Breaches
CHICAGO (AP) -- Your private medical information is under threat. That's according to a study that found almost 30 million health records nationwide were involved in criminal theft, malicious hacking or other data breaches over four years. The incidents seem to be increasing.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Senior Center To Host Kingdom Wellness Expo
Try something new and give yourself a "spring tune-up" at the Kingdom Wellness Expo.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Qigong Retreat at Karmê Chöling
Dozens of health-minded folk are heading to the beautiful Vermont countryside seeking greater physical well-being and mental clarity.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Your Brain's Aging And A New Report Urges Ways To Stay Sharp
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Those lost car keys that were an annoyance in your 30s can spark major anxiety in your 60s. Turns out it's pretty normal: The brain ages just like the rest of your body, says a new report that urges Americans to take steps to keep sharp in their senior years.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

NVRH Celebrates Its Volunteers
April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week. Elsie Lawrence, information desk volunteer, returned from Florida with a dozen prayer shawls knit over the winter. The purpose of the hospital's Auxiliary, of which all volunteers are members, is to support the hospital and its mission. Last year, in support of NVRH, the Auxiliary gave back to the hospital $31,753 in new equipment for 15 departments. These purchases ranged from new conference room scheduling monitors in the business center and lobby to medical equipment for the lab.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

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