Dr. Harry Chen

Many questions remain about the proposed sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. We're looking at all the latest developments on this "Vermont Edition."
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The Vermont Health Department says for the first time it has found the radioactive isotope Strontium-90 in ground water at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon.

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An outbreak of measles that started at Disneyland has now sickened more than 100 people in 14 states, and stirred up the debate over whether to vaccinate children.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin announced some major changes at the top of the troubled Agency of Human Services Tuesday.

Doug Racine, who has served as Secretary of Human Services since Shumlin took over the governor’s office in 2011, is stepping down. Health Commissioner Harry Chen is replacing Racine and will serve as interim secretary through 2014. During that time, Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan will serve as the head of the department.

Shumlin acknowledged that the agency, which is responsible for a large portion of the state’s social services, is not easy to run.

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When the legislative session ends, the bills that manage to become law then have to get implemented. Several issues lawmakers grappled with this year are now landing on the desk of the Health Commissioner, Dr. Harry Chen.

On the next Vermont Edition, we talk with Dr. Chen about a new law about toxic chemicals in children’s products and a law that addresses treatment protocols for Lyme Disease. We also look at Vermont's heroin use rates, and how the state's physician-assisted suicide law has been used in the first year of implementation.

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Fri 9/13/13 Noon & 7PM  This week, Vermont’s health department announced the second death of a horse in Franklin County that had contracted EEE, a disease spread by infected mosquitoes. The state is also concerned about chronic diseases and substance abuse by our younger population.

We talk with Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen about the state’s efforts to deal with the biggest health challenges facing Vermont.