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Medicare Cost Shifting: The Next Big Worry For Seniors
Seniors can breathe a little easier now that Social Security benefit cuts are no longer part of this year's Federal Budget debate. But, the other shoe hasn't dropped in Washington yet. That would be Medicare cost shifting.
Thursday, September 11, 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

Health Watch: Fear the Flu - Get a Shot
About 675,000 Americans died during the flu pandemic of 1918 -- a toll 10 times greater than World War I. That's one reason to fear the flu.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hospital Hallways Filling with Local Art
Thanks to a new partnership with the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative (MAC), North Country Hospital now has local art displayed in some of the public hallways. MAC member Victoria Mathieson is coordinating the program between the hospital and local artists, and will be rotating their work through the hallways on a regular basis.
Saturday, September 6, 2014

US Eating Habits Improve A Bit – Except Among Poor
CHICAGO (AP) -- Americans' eating habits have improved -- except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Celebrating 9th Annual National Health IT Week
LITTLETON, N.H. -- Sept. 15 through the 19 marks the 9th Annual National Health IT Week.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Living with Alzheimer's for late-stage caregivers offered in Newport
Living with Alzheimer's for Late- Stage Caregivers, an Alzheimer's Association Program, will be offered at North Country Hospital in the Meeting Room from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18. The program is sponsored by the Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont and facilitated by Alzheimer's Association Educator Pamela Smith.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Shades Of Pigpen: We Travel With Our Own Germs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you'll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Health Watch: Getting A Good Workout At Home
Up in the morning and off to the health club: 10 minutes on the treadmill to warm up, 20 minutes on the weight machines and 30 minutes on an exercise bike. You're energized and ready for the day.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Healthier Living Workshop At North Country Hospital
North Country Hospital is hosting a Healthier Living Workshop series starting on Friday, Sept. 5. The workshop runs from 1-3:30 p.m. It will be held in the Primary Care Building on the campus of North Country Hospital. The workshop ends on Friday, Oct. 17.
Friday, August 29, 2014

American Red Cross Sponsors Blood Drives Across Vermont In September
BURLINGTON -- The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood in September. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and platelets can be donated every two weeks. Donating blood is a community responsibility and we must work together to make sure blood is available whenever a patient needs it.
Friday, August 29, 2014

NEK Palliative Care hosting seminar on dementia and palliative medicine
The Northeast Kingdom Palliative Care Initiative (NEKPCI) is hosting Dr. Robert B. Santulli on Friday, Sept. 12, for a seminar on dementia and palliative medicine.
Friday, August 29, 2014

North Country Hospital hosting diabetes workshop
North Country Hospital is offering a free Diabetes Self-management Workshop series which begins on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 1-3:30 p.m. The workshop meets for six sessions and ends on Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Friday, August 29, 2014

Pediatricians' Rx For Schools: Later Start Times
CHICAGO (AP) -- Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Health Watch - Foot Care: Walking the Walk
In Arnold Lobel's Mouse Tales, there is a story of a mouse who is so intent on visiting his mother that he walks until his feet wear out. Fortunately, he sees a person standing by the side of the road selling feet.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Do-it-yourself Blood Pressure Care Can Beat MDs
CHICAGO (AP) -- "Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Study: House Calls For Frail Elders Bring Savings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ten or 12 times a year, Beatrice Adams' daughter would race her frail mother to the emergency room for high blood pressure or pain from a list of chronic illnesses.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mandy Degre Completes Five Week Family Nurse Practitioner Rotation in Women's Wellness
Mandy Degre, RN, recently completed a five week clinical rotation in Women's Wellness with Margaret Rowlett, ARNP. Already being a very experienced RN, "Mandy was an exceptional Nurse Practitioner student," said Margaret.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Heart Group: E-Cigarettes Might Help Smokers Quit
The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May.
Thursday, August 28, 2014


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