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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 plans, therapies, annual reviews and reevaluations. The workshop will also explore the roles of parents, general education and special education teachers, paraprofessionals, …

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. “Many suicides are preventable, and modern tools, in the hands of professionals, community members, and …

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 the 1960s, and grew up hearing about “perfectly safe” thalidomide, which later was found to …

To Your Good Health: Most Medication Increases Fall Risk

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: You recently wrote that antihistamines used for sleep can increase risk of falls. Are there any sleep aids that don’t increase fall risk? — C.A.L. Answer: Since almost all medications are associated with fall risk, reducing the overall number of medications should be a goal …

A Spark of Life for Old Junior High

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lebanon — An open house Friday celebrated the old junior high building’s new life as a home — for both a community center for people with special needs, and the occupants of 42 loft-style studio apartments. Built around …

Claremont City Council Questions Smoking Ban

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Claremont — As the City Council continues to grapple with whether to prohibit smoking in some city parks, the question of whether municipalities have the authority to pass a ban using the state law that bans indoor smoking in a number of public places seems unclear. Newport’s new …

An App for Easing Autism

Monday, June 16, 2014

Think about how you talk to another person. When it’s someone you know and are comfortable with, the conversation often has a natural pace and rhythm, and each person can understand some of how the other person feels …

Can Styrofoam Cause Cancer?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: A co-worker and I are at odds over a recent incident, about which I seek your opinion. I purchased a large mocha caramel latte from a well-known coffee shop. When I arrived at work, a job situation demanded our attention and, when I was able …

Long-Term Prednisone Use Has Risks

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 80-year-old woman who always had excellent health until about four years ago, when I was diagnosed as having developed bronchiectasis. Since then, I have had to use an albuterol solution, plus an Airway Vest, in periodic daily treatments in order to continue …

Special Needs Center Opening Is June 20

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lebanon — A new community center for adults with special needs will hold its grand opening June 20 at 4 p.m. Spark! Community Center is located at 75 Bank St., the former junior high school. It’s designed for adults with special needs, their families and caregivers, and “caring …

To Your Good Health: Statins Play a Small Role in Diabetes

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am concerned about simvastatin possibly causing a rise in my A1C reading indicating a concern about diabetes. There has never been diabetes in my family. I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I exercise and walk regularly. I do have elevated cholesterol, for …

To Your Good Health: Thigh Pain Could Be Caused by Many Reasons

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 66-year-old white female, 5 feet, 5 inches tall (was 5 feet, 6 inches), weighing 170 pounds. Even though I use gym weight machines for upper and lower body three times a week, walk daily for two miles and spend 15 minutes on …

Fibromyalgia Is a Real Disease

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 56-year-old female. I recently have been having terrible pain in my joints. It is so bad at night that I can’t sleep. Mainly the pain is in my neck, ribs, elbows, knees and wrists. My finger joints have hurt for years. I …