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How Plasma Transfusions, Antibodies Fight Ebola
A Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola has received a plasma transfusion from a doctor who beat his own infection with the deadly virus after getting a similar treatment. The reason: Antibodies in the blood of a survivor may help a patient fight off the germ.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola: How it spreads
Some facts about how Ebola spreads:
Thursday, October 16, 2014

How Workers Decontaminate After Treating Ebola
The personal protective equipment health workers wear while treating an Ebola patient must be donned and removed a specific way. What the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructs them to do:
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nurses In Safety Gear Got Ebola, Why Wouldn't You?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- How come nurses wearing protective gear can catch Ebola from a patient, but health officials keep saying you almost certainly won't get it from someone sitting next to you on a plane?
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Stem Cells To Treat Blindness Appear To Be Safe
LONDON (AP) -- An experimental treatment for blindness that uses embryonic stem cells appears to be safe, and it improved vision in more than half of the patients who got it, two early studies show.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Step Toward Artificial Hand With A Sense Of Touch
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists are moving closer to an artificial hand that can feel: Implanted electrodes allowed some amputees to tell by touch how gently to grasp, letting them pluck fruit without crushing it.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Test To Bump Up Diagnoses Of Illness In Kids
NEW YORK (AP) -- For more than two months, health officials have been struggling to understand the size of a national wave of severe respiratory illnesses caused by an unusual virus. This week, they expect the wave to start looking a whole lot bigger.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Health Watch: Tracking Your Child's Development
Playing with his parents in the backyard, my grandson displayed an impressive ability to kick the soccer ball. Even though he was only a few months past his second birthday, they thought he was ready for an organized soccer program for children ages three and over.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Red Cross Encourages Donors To Make Blood Donation A Lifelong Habit
BURLINGTON -- The American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that it's never too late -- or too early -- to make blood donation a lifelong habit.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

North Country Hospital Introduces New Patient Portal
It's not news that hospitals and medical practices have been slow to adopt electronic health records. Concerns include protecting patient confidentiality and security as well as how to manage a new way of communicating with patients. Yet in every other aspect of our society, we depend on technology to pay bills, do homework, to check the weather and to purchase items from books to clothing and even vacations.
Friday, October 10, 2014

Vermont Department Of Health Launches 'Counter Balance'
Vermonters have a new resource to talk to children about the influence of the tobacco industry in retail stores. Counter Balance was launched this week by the Vermont Department of Health to educate parents and raise awareness about how the tobacco industry targets youth with advertising in the retail environment, and how to help prevent the next generation of tobacco users. This highly visual campaign utilizes multiple channels including broadcast television, web, and social media.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Things To Know About Respiratory Bug Plaguing Kids
NEW YORK (AP) -- A wave of severe respiratory illnesses has swept the country in the last two months, propelled by what was long considered an uncommon germ.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Health Watch: How Do You Get Your Omega 3s?
If you don't know about omega 3 fatty acids, you haven't been paying attention. Fish oil and other omega 3 supplements are among the most popular items on the market today, resulting in $25 billion worth of sales in 2011.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

NAMI Vermont Offers FREE Mental Illness And Recovery Workshop In Newport
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont (NAMI Vermont) will offer the Mental Illness and Recovery workshop for family members, peers, professionals, and community members who want to learn more about mental illness and recovery. This FREE daylong workshop will be hosted by Northeast Kingdom Human Services on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9-4 p.m. in Newport, Vt.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Music in Healthcare
Julie Sturm of Lyndonville is the latest musical performer at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Julie plays a Mountain Dulcimer, visiting patients, and playing songs for them. If you are at NVRH, listen for the playing of the Mountain Dulcimer. Patients have stated, "I was blessed today to have her play for me." "It is both the most peaceful, and joyful instrument all rolled into one." One family recently played the spoons with Julie while visiting with a family member.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Americans Living Longer As Most Death Rates Fall
NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report filled mostly with good news. U.S. life expectancy inched up again and death rates fell.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Do-it-yourself Flu Vaccine? Study Shows It Works
Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? It could happen. Military folks who squirted vaccine up their noses were as well-protected as others who got it from health workers, a study found.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
North Country Hospital is taking the opportunity during the month of October to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening and early detection.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mammogram Support Fund
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth has received a grant from Susan G Komen VT/NH affiliate to pay for mammograms.
Friday, October 3, 2014

Barton Clinic To Expand
North Country Hospital Board Chair Kathy Austin, Dr. Robert Hawkins and Dr. David Bourgeois who will see patients at the newly expanded Barton/Orleans Clinic, Tom Frank, the hospital's Chief Operating Officer, and Jennifer Arbuckle, a partner with MorrisSwitzer Architects, break ground for the addition to the current Barton Clinic. General Contractor Kingdom Construction began excavation last Monday. They plan to have the addition enclosed before the snow flies, and fully open this winter.
Thursday, October 2, 2014


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