Personal Health

Brian Stoudnour carries his son Griffin, 7, up the hill in front of their Fairlee, Vt. home after a sled run as Ronan Stoudnour, 3, walks up at right Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Griffin has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, regarded as the most severe and most common form of the progressive degenerative disease. Brian Stoudnour hiked to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal last October as part of the Hope for Gus Foundation's Everest to End Duchenne campaign and raised over $6,000 to go directly to research of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

An Uphill Climb for Awareness

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fairlee — After school one rainy day last week, 7-year-old Griffin Stoudnour splashed in fresh puddles with younger brother Ronan. Inside the family home, after changing into dry clothes — best of all a new T-shirt featuring Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters — and playing with the two kittens who’d joined the family at Christmas, Griffin found his mother …

To Your Good Health: Evidence Suggests Vaccines Safe for Most People With Autoimmune Disease

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu shot helps “prime” the immune system. I have been told by some that priming the immune system with any vaccine is not a good idea in my case, since I could develop antibodies that attack my own body. …

To Your Good Health: Cheap Screenings Must Be Weighed Against Benefit

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: Two years ago, I took advantage of our local $99 low-dose CT scan for smokers at high risk of lung cancer (I certainly fit the criteria). Still smoking, I had the scan, and it was reported to me that they had “seen something” and wanted to do a follow-up PET scan. I quit smoking completely, cold turkey, the day before …

New London Rotary Club Supports Polio Fight

Sunday, December 20, 2015

New London — The New London Rotary Club raised $675 last month to help combat polio. The money raised through the club’s End Polio Now initiative will provide more than 1,000 polio vaccinations for children in developing countries where the disease remains a threat. Each vaccine costs just …

N.H. Ranks Near Top For Overdose Deaths

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Drug overdoses took the lives of 334 people in New Hampshire in 2014, putting the state’s death rate in the epidemic of opioid and drug abuse among the worst in the nation, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New …

Vigil Held on Norwich Green for Third Anniversary of Sandy Hook

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Norwich — Nearly 100 gun control advocates gathered along Main Street and held candles Monday evening to commemorate victims of mass shootings and to support efforts to regulate firearm ownership in Vermont. The annual vigil, organized by Gun …

To Your Good Health: Vertigo’s Spinning May Be Helped by Head Exercises

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a terrible case of vertigo. I’m not sure what causes it or what I can do to prevent it from happening to me again. I was given two medications, promethazine for nausea and meclizine for vertigo, but still the problem persists. Can you …

Support Group Aims to Help Parents in Recovery

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Norwich — A free support group for parents in treatment or recovery for substance abuse will start tomorrow at The Family Place in Norwich. Parents Together, an 18-week program, aims to support parents in their recovery while building their confidence and skill in parenting, organizers said in a …

To Your Good Health: Proper Paper Plan For Baby Boomers

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am the daughter of two elderly parents with various health concerns. My mother has a DNR. Is it true that if emergency services are called, they will not honor a DNR unless they see it? I’m told that it’s a good idea to post …

N.H. Seeks Input On Health Merger

Friday, December 4, 2015

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is accepting comments on a proposed merger between two health care giants, which would put 60 percent of commercial health insurance in the hands of a single firm. “Looking at the potential anti-competitive effects of the merger will be a crucial part of …

Health Case Heads to Highest Court

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office will make oral arguments on Wednesday in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in a case about health care price transparency that will set national precedent. The Supreme Court ultimately will decide whether the state of Vermont can force an insurance company to …

Sex in a Pornographic Age: Etna Author Arms Parents Against What A Child Will See, and Do

Monday, November 30, 2015

Before reading the book that she encouraged Etna resident Cindy Pierce to write, Vicki Hoefle thought she was well-versed in how young people struggle to navigate the hyper- and cyber-sexualized jungle of 21st-century culture. And while Hoefle digested …

To Your Good Health: Health Professionals: Practice What You Preach

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I retired from a large hospital after smoking was prohibited in the building. At that time, doctors still smoked in their lounge, and other employees — nurses, technicians, etc. — smoked on the adjacent strip-mall property or in their personal vehicles. I imagine that the …