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Aging In Place - At Your Age...
It turns out 65 is the awkward age of aging: older, but not yet old. I've got all the energy necessary to hurt myself.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

NVRH Birth Center Is One Of The First In Vermont To Introduce The Option Of Nitrous Oxide During Labor
The Birth Center at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital now offers pregnant women the choice of using Nitrous Oxide during labor and delivery. Nitrous Oxide is a blend of 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide to relieve pain and anxiety during labor and delivery. Several countries with high standards for health care, such as Canada, Sweden, Australia, Finland and the United Kingdom have used nitrous oxide for years.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Skin Allergies: Don't Do Anything Rash
My uncle noted an itchy oval of skin just under his glasses. My aunt was embarrassed by a sudden rash over most of her legs. In both cases, the problem was an allergic skin reaction.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Red Cross Urges Donors Of All Blood Types To Roll Up A Sleeve To Give
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- During National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply is available during emergencies of all types.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Vermont Health Centers Receive National Recognition And Additional Funding For High Quality Care
BURLINGTON -- Officials announced this week that all 11 community health centers in Vermont received funding totaling $493,860, in recognition of their achievements providing high quality health care.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lauree Gross Memorial Art Exhibit At the Gray Gallery At NVRH
The Gray Gallery at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital will feature a photography exhibit by the late Lauree Gross starting Monday, Aug. 31 to Thursday, Oct. 22.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Meghan Breen Completes Clinical Rotation At NVRH Corner Medical
Meghan Breen is a third year medical student at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She just completed her clinical rotation in Family Medicine at NVRH Corner Medical.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

St. Johnsbury Health And Rehabilitation Center Earns Deficiency-Free Rating
ST. JOHNSBURY -- St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center has received a deficiency-free score for their compliance to rules and regulations mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Vermont Department of Health.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice Selected To Participate In The Medicare Care Choices Model
ST. JOHNSBURY -- Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice, member of VNAs of VT Consortium, has been selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model, announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. The model provides Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for coverage under the Medicare Hospice Benefit and dually eligible beneficiaries who qualify for the Medicaid Hospice Benefit the option to elect to receive supportive care services typically provided by hospice and continue to receive curative services at the same time. Today's announcement is part of a larger effort at HHS to transform our health care system to deliver better care, spend our dollars in a smarter way, and put patients in the center of their care.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Union Bank Supports New Birthing Center At LRH
LITTLETON, N.H. -- The Littleton Regional Healthcare Charitable Foundation accepted a generous donation of $15,000 from the officers, directors and employees of Union Bank recently. The funds will support the Foundation's capital campaign, "Delivery Our Future". The campaign began last October to raise money for a major expansion and renovations to the current birthing center at Littleton Regional Healthcare.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Health Watch: The Dangers of Second-Hand Smoke
According to the Vermont Department of Health secondhand smoke is the smoke that is given off when you burn a tobacco product, like a cigarette, e-cigarette, pipe or cigar. It is also the smoke that is exhaled by a smoker. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Alex Steiner : On the Fast Track To Becoming Of Doctor Of Osteopathy
Alex Steiner is 20 years old and she has a definite and passionate mission -- she is on the fast track to becoming a Doctor of Osteopathy.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Teens' E-cigarette Use Linked With Later Smoking
CHICAGO (AP) -- Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely than others to later smoke conventional cigarettes and other tobacco products, a study at 10 Los Angeles high schools suggests.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Strep's Evolutionmay Provide Clues For Developing A Vaccine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The same bacteria that cause simple strep throat sometimes trigger bloodstream or even flesh-eating infections instead, and over the years, dangerous cases have increased. Now researchers have uncovered how some strains of this bug evolved to become more aggressive.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Not Just Back Talk By Crick And Crack: "Doc, My Hand Falls Asleep" - Part 3
Today's column is the third in a three part series on why patients may feel numbness and/or tingling in their hands. To review, numbness is lack of feeling in the body part when touched, and tingling is a sensation of pins and needles, often described as "falling asleep". Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually just numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and part of the ring finger, occasionally with weakness, like dropping a coffee cup, and no pain. Pinched nerves in the neck typically cause numbness and tingling in the hand, with pain, but usually only one or two fingers, with or without weakness. Sometimes there is pain in the shoulder blade as well.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Long Time And Well Known Family Medicine Doctor Retires
A day in the life of a family medicine physician extends way beyond normal office hours, and it's been no different for Dr. Jim Holcomb for the past 38 years. "Even driving down the road on a day off many years ago, I recall stopping several different times to provide assistance, at the scene of accidents."
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities
BURLINGTON, VT --The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help prevent a blood shortage.
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Health Watch: Being A Cancer Patient ... And Yourself
After hearing her diagnosis of breast cancer, my sister wanted to push the 'back' button and go back to being a regular person. "Whatever happens, I will never be the same," she said. "I am a person with cancer. If I beat it, I will be a cancer survivor; if I don't, I'm a cancer victim."
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dear Marci - Medicare Advice Column
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

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