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FILE - This Oct. 17, 2012 file photo shows a nurse loading a syringe of flu vaccine at the Mississippi Department of Health in Jackson, Miss.  Flu vaccination is no longer merely a choice between a jab in the arm or a squirt in the nose. This fall, some brands promise a little extra protection.  For the first time, certain vaccines will guard against four strains of flu rather than the usual three.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Officials: Don’t Skip the Flu Shot

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concord — This year’s flu virus, in some cases, has changed, but infectious disease doctor Benjamin Chan’s advice has not. In September, just after the virus made its debut for the season in New Hampshire, the state epidemiologist had a simple message: To protect against the flu, don’t skip the vaccine. Responding to questions Monday about this year’s virus potentially outpacing that vaccine, Chan reiterated, “The message is really the same: Get vaccinated.” Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted the emergence of a mutated strain of the flu virus that is different from the virus used in this year’s vaccine. …

To Your Good Health: Treatments for Hepatitis Have Come a Long Way

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My 56-year-old sister has hepatitis C. She contracted the virus from a blood transfusion in a hospital in Spain in the 1980s. It is the genotype 4 (North African) strain. It was discovered about 12 years ago, and she had a biopsy that did not show any scarring of her liver at that time. We have tried to persuade her …

Former Chief Seeks Marrow Match

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Windsor — The family of retired police chief Steve Soares has organized a bone marrow registry drive in response to his recent diagnosis with a rare, aggressive cousin of leukemia. Though Soares hadn’t found a match as of Tuesday morning, Oswalda Soares, his wife, is mobilizing friends, family and former colleagues to undergo …

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 …

Lebanon Nonprofit Receives Grants

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lebanon — The Special Needs Support Center recently received two grants to support its educational advocacy program and other work. The Lebanon-based nonprofit received $15,000 from Granite United Way and $3,000 from the Hypertherm Owners’ Philanthropic Endeavors Foundation. Most of the money will support the center’s educational advocacy …

To Your Good Health: Can Adults Be Diagnosed With Autism?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am writing about a lifelong problem I’ve had with food. An article in my local newspaper spelled out exactly what I’ve lived through for 55 years. The article was about an 8-year-old boy who is autistic and caused problems by bringing his own food …

To Your Good Health: Is There a Connection Between Migraines and Menopause?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My daughter is 53 and has suffered terribly with migraines since she was 16. She experiences these episodes anywhere from once per week to as many as three times per week. She is presently on Zomig. If she takes the medication just at the onset, …

To Your Good Health: Elevated White Blood Cells Sometimes Misleading

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband had his regular blood work done in 2012, and it showed that his monocytes were elevated (15 percent) and his HCT was low (39 percent). When we asked his doctor what this meant, she said, “Cancer somewhere,” and we just have to find …

To Your Good Health: Is Prostate to Blame For Slow-to-Empty Bladder?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like your opinion on enlarged prostate. My primary care doctor sent me for a blood test and said my PSA number was too high, then sent me to a urologist. He said my bladder is not emptying and that I am having urine …