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Author and sexuality educator Cindy Pierce, of Etna, has released the new book Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World. Pierce, 50, also speaks to parents, teachers and students on the topic. Tuesday, November 24, 2015.  (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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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 Pierce’s Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World, published by Boston-based Bibliomotion this fall, the stories sounded familiar: ∎ The quotes of young men and boys whose near-constant exposure to pornography, especially online, skews their view of what kind of sex young women and girls want and need. ∎ The advancing kudzu of social media, instant-messaging tools and apps like Tinder, with which not …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 29, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dartmouth Cardiologist Will Lead Medical Society Hanover — John R. Butterly, a cardiologist and a professor of medicine at Geisel School of Medicine and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, has been elected president of the New Hampshire Medical Society. “It is an honor to represent physicians in the state …

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 doctors no longer smoke in their lounge and are not seen in public view, but …

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 …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 22, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Longtime VA Cardiologist Retires Hartford — Cardiologist James Bell has retired after a 41-year career at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction. Dr. Bell has played a “significant role in the education of Dartmouth medical …

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 …

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Valley Regional Healthcare to Present Community Health Needs Assessment Claremont —Valley Regional Healthcare will present its recently completed community health needs assessment on Tuesday Nov. 17, from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Claremont Community TV Studio. The studio is …

National Chain Applies to Buy Five Vermont Nursing Homes

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A national nursing home chain that is facing U.S. Justice Department charges of fraud and inadequate staffing is seeking regulators’ approval for its purchase of five Vermont homes, an acquisition that would make it the largest nursing home operator in Vermont and New Hampshire. A certificate of need …

Aging Population Doesn’t Guarantee More Nursing Home Beds

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Even as the senior population in the Twin States is expected to grow rapidly, a for-profit corporation that stands poised to become Vermont’s largest nursing home operator plans to eliminate 52 skilled-nursing-facility beds from the state’s inventory and offer more private rooms in five properties it hopes to …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 8, 2015

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Clinic Groundbreaking Set at APD Lebanon — A short groundbreaking ceremony for the new multi-specialty clinic at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital is set for tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. on APD’s campus. The clinic is designed to serve …

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. …