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NVRH Supports RecFit
Lew Apgar, Community Health Worker at Community Connections, greets Cynthia, Chelsea and Barry Waldner at the Grand Opening of RecFit on Friday, Nov, 14. Lew handed out complimentary "No Sugar Added" water bottles and frisbees, while educating people on the amount of sugar in soda and juice. NVRH committed a significant amount of money to RecFit to purchase memberships for employees who want to use the facilities. Cynthia Waldner, RN, has been a hospital employee for many years. Said NVRH CEO, Paul Bengtson, "This is an important investment in health and wellness for our employees."
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Heart Stents May Require Longer Blood Thinner Use
CHICAGO (AP) -- Millions of people with stents that prop open clogged heart arteries may need anti-clotting drugs much longer than the one year doctors recommend now. A large study found that continuing for another 18 months lowers the risk of heart attacks, clots and other problems.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

CDC: E-cigarette Use Rising In High School Kids
NEW YORK (AP) -- Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Health Watch - Irritable Bowels: Quieting the Growl
If your bowels have been growling and causing you distress, there are many possible causes, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. The most common reason, though, is irritable bowel syndrome, much less serious than the others.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Study Will Test Survivors' Blood To Treat Ebola
A coalition of companies and aid groups announced plans Tuesday to test experimental drugs and collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Study Ties Dental Drugs, Heart Infection Risk
CHICAGO (AP) -- Curbing the routine use of preventive antibiotics before dental work may have contributed to a rise in heart valve infections in England, a new study suggests. In the U.S., the highest risk patients still get these drugs and no similar trend has been seen.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

NVRH Auxilians Receive Awards
On Nov. 14, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital's Auxiliary held their annual meeting at the Elk's Club in St. Johnsbury. In addition to the regular business meeting, the Auxiliary membership heard about Dr. Chris Danielson's surgical service in South Sudan with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ask The PT - Need A Therapist? The Choice Is Yours!
Have you ever suffered from a crick in your back that just won't quit? You haven't slept for weeks, but you hesitate in seeking help because you hope it won't last forever. When it lasts one night too long, you finally make an appointment with your doctor and wish you had done so weeks ago. You know that physical therapy has worked for your pain in the past and if you could you would go right back there to get faster results. You would like to make an appointment for physical therapy yourself, the question is, can you do this?
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ring In The Holiday Season With A Hearing Test
Addressing hearing loss isn't just about what you hear -- it's about how you feel and function, says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), which is encouraging people of all ages to get their hearing tested this holiday season.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Local Organizations Celebrate Two Years Of Nurse-Family Partnership
MONTPELIER --Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice and Franklin County Home Health Agency are celebrating two years of implementing the Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based home visitation program that helps transform the lives of low-income, first-time mothers pregnant with their first child.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pink Ribbon Cooking Demonstration At NCH
Chef Curtiss Hemm of Peru, N.Y., provided a guest cooking demonstration in North Country Hospital's cafeteria recently to teach people how to prepare healthy, real food.
Friday, November 14, 2014

US Officials Unveil Plan To Test Ebola Drugs
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The quest for an Ebola treatment is picking up speed. Federal officials have unveiled a plan to test multiple drugs at once, in an umbrella study with a single comparison group to give fast answers on what works.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

NVRH's Pat Forest Appointed Secretary of NH/VT Healthcare Volunteer Services Association
Patricia Forest, Director of Volunteer Services at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital was recently sworn in as the secretary for the New Hampshire/Vermont Administrators of Healthcare Volunteer Services Association. Ms. Forest will serve a two year term as secretary and Board of Directors designee and will maintain records for the Association.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

NVRH Reaches Out To Community
The Community Relations Committee, a committee of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, welcomed local (and newly elected) legislators to their recent meeting to talk about priorities and concerns on behalf of the people they're representing. Areas of concern included housing problems, addiction, property taxes and healthcare. Representatives from The Area Agency on Aging, RuralEdge, Northern Counties Healthcare, Northeast Kingdom Human Services and the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems were there as well. Pam Smart, Care Integration Coordinator from Community Connections at NVRH spoke about the collaboration between organizations in the area and how grateful she is for the community-wide commitment on behalf of people in the Northeast Kingdom.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hundreds Of Kids Harmed By Detergent 'Pods:' Study
CHICAGO (AP) -- Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets sometimes mistaken for toys or candy landed more than 700 U.S. children in the hospital in just two years, researchers report. Coma and seizures were among the most serious complications.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Medicare Proposes Covering Lung Cancer Screening
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare may soon begin paying for yearly scans to detect lung cancer in certain current or former heavy smokers.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vaccine Spray May Not Work For Swine Flu In Kids
NEW YORK (AP) -- The nasal spray version of the flu vaccine did not protect young children against swine flu last winter and might not work again this year, health officials said Thursday.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Be thankful for a safe Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and celebrate. Friends and families come together and enjoy a wonderful turkey dinner. Gayle Finkelstein, the Northern New England Poison Center Vermont Educator reminds readers that by following simple storage, handling and cooking suggestions, your family can stay healthy and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

WHO says more than 5,000 have now died of Ebola
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Advances In Osteoporosis Treatment And New Science About Causes Of Osteoporosis
Dr. Edward Leib, Emeritus Professor of Medicine in Rheumatology and the Director of the Osteoporosis Center and the Metabolic Bone Clinic for the University of VT Medical Group, will be the guest speaker at Better Bones of the Northeast Kingdom Education and Support Group on Saturday, Dec 6.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014


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