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CDC: US Sexually Transmitted Disease Epidemic Worsening
CHICAGO (AP) -- A U.S. sexually transmitted diseases epidemic is increasing and the most common infection, chlamydia, has risen to record levels, government officials say.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Transplant Gives New Face, Scalp To Burned Firefighter
NEW YORK (AP) -- A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Aging In Place: Discovering A New Holiday Spirit
Between the ads pressuring us to shop, shop, shop and the Christmas carols demanding joy and yet more joy still, I sometimes want to ... well, do something decidedly unjolly. Sure, I love the holidays, but I probably loved them more when they started later and weren't so aggressive. Let's face it; I also miss a lot of people who aren't around to celebrate with.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Health Watch: MS - Noting Early Signs Is Crucial
My co-worker has a friend with multiple sclerosis (MS) who is now unable to walk. That's why she looked quizzically at her doctor when he suggested that her current symptoms could be early signs of MS.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Not Just Back Talk By Crick & Crack: Is It A Sprain Or A Strain
Patients often ask us what is the difference between a sprain and a strain. Today we will answer that question for you. Sprains and strains are both injuries that are among the most common injuries to take place and people often used the terms interchangeably however, they actually have different meanings.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Dear Marci
Dear Marci,
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Upcoming Blood Drives
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Look Good-Feel Better Class At Norris Cotton Cancer Center North
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Denise Bissonnette, a trained volunteer beauty professional, will be offering the American Cancer Society program "Look Good...Feel Better" at Norris Cotton Cancer Center-North in St. Johnsbury.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Helping Out At NVRH
Joshua Yu, right, a student volunteer at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and a senior at St. Johnsbury Academy, recently donated a book he wrote, illustrated and published as a culmination of his Capstone Project at St. Johnsbury Academy. The book, titled "The Friendly Dragon," was received by Jim Becker, RN, Pediatric Nurse Clinician, left. "The Friendly Dragon" will be made available to our patients in the Pediatric Unit at NVRH.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Study: Nearly half of US pregnant women gain too much weight
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly half of U.S. moms gain too much weight during pregnancy, according to a government study released Thursday.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Health Watch: Will Slow Carbs Help You Lose Weight?
When you see or hear the word "glycemia," you probably think first of diabetes. And with good reason: it means the state of having sugar in the blood.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wealth May Give Advantage For Getting Organ Transplants
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- You can't buy hearts, kidneys or other organs but money can still help you get one. Wealthy people are more likely to get on multiple waiting lists and score a transplant, and less likely to die while waiting for one, a new study finds.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Pre-diabetes: Alarming Signs ?? A Chance To Change
According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as 86 million Americans are living with pre-diabetes and nearly 90 percent of them don't know it. This figure is up 7 million from 2012. More than 55,000 Vermonters are affected by diabetes.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Terry Gray, RN, Celebrates Success With The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
Terry Gray, RN has every reason to be very proud of herself -- in the past six months, she's lost 25 pounds, changed her eating habits and exercises a minimum of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. She works nights on the medical/surgical floor at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital; working nights in any job can make healthy self-care and lifestyle changes challenging.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Is It or Isn't It Dementia?
NEWPORT -- When was the last time you got in your truck and hunted for the keys? Or, opened the fridge and ask: "Why is my purse here?" Is the follow-up question: "OMG! Is this the start of Alzheimer's?"
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Physical Therapist Ben McCormick: Losing The Structure Of Child's Play
Snowflakes streamed sideways through the 15 mile-an-hour on a recent weekend as I watched our Lyndon Area age 10-11 soccer players compete in a frigid October tournament in Haverhill, N.H. The semifinals came later in the afternoon, with glints of sun easing the chill on the field between snow showers.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Study: Even The Normal-weight Should Watch That Apple Shape
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A pot belly can be a bad thing -- even if you're not considered overweight.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

How Low To Go: Details Emerge On Big Blood Pressure Study
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Details were revealed Monday from a landmark federal study that challenges decades of thinking on blood pressure, giving a clearer picture of plusses and minuses of more aggressive treatment.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New Report Emphasizes 049: Zero Alcohol for Nine Months of Pregnancy
BURLINGTON -- Two years ago, the Vermont Department of Health launched an informational outreach campaign called '049' that asked women and health care providers to become more aware of how alcohol can cause health problems for babies.
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Move To Spur Pint-sized Medical Devices To Treat Sick Kids
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Improvise isn't a word parents want to hear from their kid's doctor. Yet pediatric specialists too often have to jury-rig care because many of the medical devices needed to treat sick children were built for adults.
Thursday, November 5, 2015

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