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American Lung Association's 'State of Tobacco Control 2016' Gives Vermont Highest Grades In Region
WILLISTON -- The American Lung Association released its 14th annual "State of Tobacco Control" report this week that finds that in 2015 Vermont made progress on tobacco control policies that will save lives and was one of eight states in the nation to increase cigarette taxes.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Health Watch: Bacon, Hot Dogs and Ham ‚?? Oh My!
When he goes out for breakfast, my dad always orders eggs, potatoes and toast -- with no breakfast meat. Having been diagnosed with hypertension, he is avoiding high doses of salt that come with bacon, sausage and ham.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Successful In Pulmonary Rehabilitation At NVRH
Nancy Burgess lost the left upper lobe of her lung due to cancer in November 2013. Although there were some complications during and after surgery, she didn't have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. Nancy had smoked since she was 15, and she quit cold turkey at 61, when she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Not Just Backtalk By Crick and Crack: Piriformis Syndrome
We see patients daily with pain in their buttock and down the back of their legs. Many of them fear that they may have a disc bulge or herniation causing their symptoms, but it is not always the disc that is responsible. Sometimes it is the piriformis that is the issue.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Study Tries To Give C-section Babies Mom's Germs They Missed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sharing bacteria in the operating room normally is a no-no but in a novel experiment, researchers are giving babies born by C-section a dose of presumably protective germs from mom's birth canal.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Information Kiosk Available At Littleton Regional Health Care
Littleton Regional Healthcare now has an information kiosk for the public's use. The kiosk is located in the Medical Office Building lobby at the ground level. It runs on a touch screen and is easy to use. The kiosk has links to health information, the local weather, hospital events, and other items of interest.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

How to Have 'The Talk' About Dementia
NEWPORT - Does this sound familiar: "I'm fine. I don't need to go see a doctor. Mind your own business."
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Patient Satisfaction And Experience At NVRH
Elsie Lawrence pushes a button on the "Happy or Not" device located in the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital lobby. The devices, purchased by the Auxiliary on behalf of the Patient Experience team, are expected to give a snapshot of satisfaction around intangible feelings of respect, both real and imagined. Devices are currently in the Emergency Department entrance, the Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory entrance, as well as the main lobby. The question on the mobile device is interchangeable and people have four happy or not so happy buttons to choose from. Reports are quite detailed, with times of day and responses to the question tallied up either daily, weekly or monthly. "Our goal is to take patient satisfaction and experience to a new level," said Seleem Choudhury, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Task Force Urges Doctors To Screen All Adults For Depression
WASHINGTON (AP) -- All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Things to know about the mosquito villain in Zika outbreaks
NEW YORK (AP) -- Behind the tropical disease outbreaks that have exploded in Latin America is a tiny menace that just won't go away.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Vermont FoodBank in partnership with NVRH:
Tina Bevington and Chris Morse from the Vermont FoodBank stand next to a healthy pallet of cabbages during the mobile food pantry drop off on Thursday, 1/21, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. The FoodBank, in partnership with hospitals, provides food to families in need of food assistance. Thursday's drop off included locally grown potatoes, as well as onions, carrots, rutabagas and cabbage from Canada. Recipes, storage tips and reuseable bags were handed out to each person picking up food. This is a monthly occurrence at NVRH, the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 10-11am in the hospital's Courtyard Café. The next date to receive fresh vegetables is February 18th. Please call 748-7433 with questions.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Aging In Place By Scott Funk: At 80
After the last of the party guests had departed, I sat down with my friend to inquire about the obvious. "How does it feel to be 80?" "It doesn't feel like anything. Today I feel pretty much like yesterday and the day before that. All the days, the weeks, and the years together, and I still feel mostly the same as always. Just the same old me, but older."
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Free Classes at Norris Cotton Cancer North
Two Classes will be offered in the library at Norris Cotton Cancer Center-North in St. Johnsbury.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Osteoporosis Education & Support Group
Better Bones of the Northeast Kingdom will welcome Jenny Patoine as their guest speaker on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room of Community National Bank in Derby.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

NVRH Chapel Receives Original Stamp Of Four Chaplains
On Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m., a reception will be held in the hospital's chapel to celebrate a piece of historical artwork being donated to the chapel; the gift symbolizes the four chaplains who were aboard the USAT Dorchester in WWII, giving up their life jackets to soldiers as the ship sank.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

North Country Hospital Clinical Dietician Presents To 'Cooking The Fish' Class
In last week's class (week 3) of Jewels of the Kingdom L3C's "Cooking the Fish," North Country Hospital Clinical Dietitian, Stephanie Rivers, MS, RDN/LD was the guest presenter who shared a number of things to look for when shopping, and eating right. For instance, looking for "silent foods and food products." Those are items that don't "yell" their benefits to you, like certain kinds of yogurts, or juices, or... Silent foods, like fresh vegetables, aren't about the hype and the "hype," is going to cost you! Bernadette Bessette was the Class Cook and she taught how to make Crab Rangoons, Eggs Rolls, and Lo Mein Noodles.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Health Watch: Asthma Control - Team Approach Needed
It may not require a village, but sometimes it takes a well coordinated team to control a child's asthma.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Upcoming Blood Drives
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CDC: Ask Pregnant Women About Trips To Zika Outbreak Areas
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. health officials issued new guidance Tuesday for doctors whose pregnant patients may have traveled to regions with a tropical illness linked to birth defects.
Thursday, January 21, 2016


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