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Upper Valley Is Realistic on Ebola Scare

Monday, October 27, 2014

Norwich — Upper Valley residents on Sunday took a stoic outlook on preparations from local health authorities for fighting Ebola, which in the last week has spread to New York City and spurred national debate on how best to balance health safety measures with aid to disease-stricken West Africa. “Panic is not a response,” said Brian Tompkins, a stonemason from Norwich, of ideas like banning travel from West African countries …

‘He’ll Be My Boy Forever’: Bridgewater Mom Works Hard to Manage Son’s Anxiety

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bridgewater — When the yellow school bus pulled into Hanover, Delia Vanek, of Bridgewater, was following close behind in her car. Her son, Frank Vanek, was among a group of people with special needs who had traveled from Zack’s Place in Woodstock to tour the Hood Museum of Art. Like many parents of …

To Your Good Health: On the Safety of Metal Joints and MRIs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am considering minimally invasive spine surgery. Almost 19 years ago, I had a right total-knee replacement, which still functions very well. I believe the replacement parts are made with stainless steel. No physician I have questioned about the danger of having an MRI with metal parts in my body has been willing or able to give me a straight …

Clinics See Surge in Flu Vaccinations

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Enfield — Overwhelming attendance at a free flu shot clinic in Enfield Thursday evening caused health workers to run out of vaccines. Alice Ely, executive director of Mascoma Valley Health Initiative, said the turnout of about 500 people was the largest the group has seen in the five …

Time Is Now For Flu Shots

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lebanon — Public health advocates are recommending that members of the public get a flu shot this fall, and several organizations are offering free clinics around the Upper Valley. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from flu and pneumonia spike in December and continue …

Free Flu Shot Clinics in the Upper Valley, September to November

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday, Sept. 30 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights, Claremont. Bring your insurance card. Donations accepted. Wear short-sleeved apparel. Please call (603) 543-6800 for more information. Thursday, Oct. 2 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., 308 U.S. Route 4, Enfield. For more information, visit …

Fletcher Allen Seeks New Facility

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Burlington — Fletcher Allen Health Care asked state regulators Monday for permission to build a multimillion dollar inpatient facility. The proposed 180,000-square-foot building would have 128 single-occupancy rooms spread over four floors. The project is expected to cost $175 million plus $12.7 million in interest payments on borrowing …

Challenges Abound for Vermont’s Mental Health Care System

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Randolph — For evidence of the failings and limitations of the network of public and private providers that deliver mental health care in Vermont, look at the headlines. In recent months, there were stories of the suicide of …

To Your Good Health: The Mystery of Meat Allergies

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I heard that there is a sudden surge in people coming down with severe meat allergies. Is there any information as to why, after years of eating red meat, you suddenly can become extremely allergic? — E.V. Answer: Meat allergies are uncommon; however, there has …

Workshop on Special Education Coming to Newbury, Vt., Clinic

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newbury, Vt. — A free informational workshop about special education is set for Sept. 25, from 6-7 p.m. at the Newbury Health Clinic, 4628 Main Street South. The event, called Your Child’s Special Education, will cover the referral process, early intervention, testing, individualized education programs (IEPs) and 504 …

Vt. Suicide Prevention Center Launches a New Website

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center recently launched a new website, at www.vtspc.org. The site aims to dispel misconceptions about suicide and create awareness about how to prevent it, including recognizing the warning signs, which are not always obvious, the center said in a news release. …

To Your Good Health: A Discussion of the HPV Vaccine

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you strongly recommended the HPV vaccine for everyone ages 13 to 26. Last week, an article came out about the much lower rates of HPV vaccination as compared with the rates of other vaccinations recommended for teens. I was born in …

Fletcher Allen Ends Investment Strategy

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Burlington — The parent organization of Fletcher Allen Health Care plans to stop investing in interest rate swaps, a mechanism that effectively allows an investor to bet on the future direction of interest rates. Its investments have cost Fletcher Allen Partners at least $4.7 million, and could lose …