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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.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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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 …

To Your Good Health: Does Hole in Heart Increase Stroke Risk?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Articles on strokes or TIAs rarely mention that they can be caused by a congenital heart defect. I had a family member with a patent foramen ovale, found at age 54, after he’d had several strokes. He had surgery to repair it and has been …

CDC Reveals Just How Much Fast Food American Kids Eat Daily

Thursday, September 17, 2015

More than one in three American kids will eat fast food today, a new government report says. The same will be true tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that. On any given day, 34.3 percent of U.S. children and teens between the ages of 2 …

Vermont Requests Proposals for Psychiatric Facility

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Montpelier — Lawmakers and administration officials have begun contemplating the next major addition to Vermont’s mental health infrastructure. But they have some big questions to answer before they construct it, and the size of the facility, as well as its location, will be part of a legislative debate …

To Your Good Health: Was Case of ‘Bird Lung’ an Allergy or Infection?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was a very active, healthy, young 68-year-old until March, when I was hospitalized for two weeks for bilateral pneumonia. I was told by the doctors at the hospital that it would take four to six weeks to get my health back. However, I experienced …

Grantham Principal Joins Second Growth Board

Sunday, September 13, 2015

White River Junction — Heather Cantagallo, the principal of Grantham Village School, has joined the board of Second Growth. The White River Junction-based nonprofit provides treatment and support services for adolescents and young adults with substance abuse issues, …

Vt. Officials Analyze Health Reform Pilot

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Montpelier — State officials and medical providers say a pilot program meant to reduce Medicaid spending, while improving beneficiaries’ health, is showing early signs of success, but officials said long-term benefits will be realized over time. Vermont’s Medicaid shared-savings program is a three-year pilot that started in 2014. …

To Your Good Health: The Risk and Reward of Blood Sugar Control Goals

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I read about a follow-up study on the ACCORD population that showed that after a few years of follow-up, people in the tight blood-sugar-control arm had fewer heart attacks and need for stents. Can you comment on this? I want to know if I should …

To Your Good Health: Tips for Reducing Eye Strain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you mind providing some guidelines for preventing eye strain? I’m a graduate student, so I spend a lot of time reading, both from computer screens and from books. I will always need to read to get things done, but I’d also like my eyes …

To Your Good Health: Early Satiety Often Due to IBS

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was successfully treated for H. pylori five years ago. I continue to have stomach pain, which has been diagnosed as gastritis. For the past three weeks, when I eat even a small amount of food, I feel extremely full and bloated for hours. I …

Public Rollout Of Antidote Slow in N.H.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Concord — John Burns has never had to use Narcan himself. “Thank god,” he says. The drug, also known as naloxone, reverses the effects of heroin and opioid overdoses. Its usage in New Hampshire has spiked in recent years, as the state confronts a growing substance abuse problem. …