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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.
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Fairlee Man Treks to Mount Everest To Call Attention to Son’s Disease

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 …

Shiremont Celebrates Five Years

Sunday, November 29, 2015

West Lebanon — Global Campus Shiremont celebrated its fifth anniversary with a ceremony on Nov. 16 at Kilton Library. Shiremont is part of Global Campuses Foundation, which offers educational opportunities for adults with disabilities. The nonprofit has nine …

Opiate Overdose Deaths Continue Unabated in Twin States

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving week travelers on New Hampshire’s interstate highways were greeted by message boards noting that 96 people had died in traffic accidents in the state this year. But those message boards contained no mention of the much greater toll taken by a recent surge in the availability and …

To Your Good Health: “Stomach Flu” Is Not Actual Flu

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: With the flu season coming on, would you please discuss the difference between what people call the “stomach flu” and what the flu really is? I have two friends who last year said they weren’t getting the flu shot anymore because despite having it, they …

Mental Health Agency Lays Off a Dozen

Friday, November 20, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The nonprofit agency designated by the state of Vermont to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment in communities in Windsor and Windham counties laid off 12 employees this week. Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc. Chief Executive George Karabakakis announced the …

Dr. Roach: For a Few, Cholesterol Is Naturally High

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 68-year-old female with a more-than-40-year history of extremely high cholesterol (350-411 total). I have not been able to tolerate any kind of statin drug, even if I take CoQ10 with it. Welchol and Zetia had side effects that I couldn’t tolerate either. …

To Your Good Health: Familial Mediterranean Fever Is Genetic Condition

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: After an intestinal virus, I ended up in the hospital with a sed rate of 110 and a high white blood count. I was feeling crippled with severe joint pain and was diagnosed with reactive arthritis. I was discharged with steroids and colchicine. I’m still …

Vt. Health Connect Braces for 3rd Open Enrollment

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Burlington — Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday that he is “cautiously optimistic” the state’s dysfunctional health exchange will be able to handle open enrollment smoothly for the first time since the website was launched in October 2013. Shumlin made the announcement at a news conference at the Community …

Gifford: Vt. Must Do Mental Health Better

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Randolph — A hospital that was cited this summer for poor treatment of psychiatric patients is calling on the state to take better care of Vermonters experiencing severe mental health problems. Gifford Medical Center in Randolph has 25 beds total and six beds in its emergency department. The …

Support for Legalization at All-Time High and Likely to Grow

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nearly two years after the nation’s first recreational marijuana shop opened in Colorado, American support for legal weed has tied an all-time high and is likely to increase, according to new numbers released Wednesday by Gallup. Fifty eight percent of Americans say that the use of marijuana should …

To Your Good Health: Which Type of Flu Shot Is Best?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: For the 2015-2016 flu season, we find a trivalent vaccine (three influenza virus), quadrivalent vaccine (four influenza virus) and high-dose trivalent recommended for seniors 65 and older. As a member of the senior group, I would like your opinion on the best choice. Why do …