Health

Attorney General Donovan calls for opposition to Title X change.
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Attorney General T.J. Donovan held a press conference today with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to rally voices against changes to Title X that would deal a blow to abortion rights across the country.

UVM nurses holding signs outside the UVM Medical Center.
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Union nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center went on strike for two days last week after their contract expired and no new agreement could be reached. Now that the strike is over, both sides are coming back to the bargaining table, but difficult issues remain.

UVM Medical Center nurses spent two days striking last week. We'll hear about where negotiations between the union and hospital now stand.
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The nurses union at UVM Medical Center went on a two-day strike last week after their contract expired and no new agreement was reached. We'll hear from both sides about the negotiations taking place on a new three-year contract.

A Brattleboro Retreat sign.
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The Vermont Attorney General's Office announced Monday that it found "no criminal misconduct" following a five-year investigation of the Brattleboro Retreat, a mental health treatment facility in southern Vermont.

Nurses strike outside of the UVM Medical Center on Main Street in Burlington during the first day of a planned two-day strike.
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A strike by unionized nurses at UVM Medical Center over wages and staffing entered its second day Friday with hundreds set to return to picket lines and no clear timeline for when negotiations for a new contract would resume. 

Nurses and supporters picketed outside of UVM Medical Center on Main Street in Burlington, Vt.
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Union nurses at the UVM Medical Center are on strike as of 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

The sign outside of the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
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Union nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center are hours away from a planned two-day strike. Negotiations are happening this afternoon, but nurses and the hospital administration have so far been unable to reach a contract agreement since they began talks in late March.

An estimated 70 deaths have been connected to the scorching temperatures and humidity that rolled over Canada's Quebec province last week, and officials say the number may rise as hospital and nursing home records are reviewed.

Most of the people who died as the region reached temperatures up to 95 degrees are elderly men and women living alone in apartments with no air conditioning, and many had chronic health conditions.

Cyclists participating in the 2017 Prouty. Walking, running, rowing, and volunteering are among the ways to take part in the annual cancer fundraiser.
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The Prouty began humbly enough 37 years ago, when just four nurses raised $4,000 during a 100-mile trek through the White Mountains. They were doing it to honor an inspiring cancer patient, Audrey Prouty. Now the annual event is New Hampshire's largest charity fundraiser, drawing thousands to Hanover each July and raising more than $33 million.

There's new evidence to support a decades-old strategy for preventing the tick bites that lead to all sorts of nasty diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

The remedy involves spraying your clothing with permethrin — a pesticide that's chemically similar to extracts of the flowering chrysanthemum plant.

A stethoscope on top of medical paperwork.
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Vermont health regulators are keeping a close watch on some new federal health care policies to make sure that Vermont consumers don't get ripped off by the plans.

Prevention Works! VT is hoping to make marijuana a less desirable choice for youth in Vermont.
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It's now legal to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana under Vermont law if you're over 21. The law, which was passed in January, took effect on Sunday.

The Connecticut River.
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Those who swim or boat on the Connecticut River and its tributaries can go online to check the water quality at their favorite spots.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige is expected this week to sign the world's first ban on the sale of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. The state is banning the products because of concerns they may be harming one of the state's biggest attractions — coral reefs.

While it doesn't kick in until 2021, the move is already prompting pushback.

Deb Snell with the nurses' union at UVM Medical Center addresses reporters ahead of the July work stoppage.
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Union nurses at the University Of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington plan to go on strike next week if they're unable to reach a contract agreement with the hospital.

Brooke Wilkinson

Vermont rarely sees temperatures in the triple digits.

Mosquitoes in the process of being tested for West Nile in 2007. The virus has been found in Springfield, Vermont, this year.
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Mosquitoes in Springfield, Vermont, have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Vermont Health Department says this is the first detection of the virus for the 2018 season.

Tick bites can cause all sorts of nasty afflictions. And if you're bitten by a Lone Star tick, here's one more to add to the list: a red meat allergy.

Laura Stirling, 51, a Realtor who lives in Severna Park, Md., was diagnosed with the allergy last year. She got a tick bite while walking on a trail with her dog, Gunner, near her home.

"I found [the tick] 3 or 4 inches to the left of my hip bone," Stirling recalls. At the time, she say, she didn't think much of it. "I just took it off and threw it away."

A cluster of poison parsnip plants with yellow flowers.
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The Vermont Department of Health is warning people about the dangers of a common roadside plant known as poison parsnip.

Lenny Burke, a well-known Rutland man whose life was forever changed by a traumatic brain injury has died. Despite the injury he received as a teenager, Burke went on to be instrumental in changing the way people with T.B.I.s are treated. He was 56.
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Lenny Burke, a man beloved in Rutland for his courage and determination in the face of adversity, has died.

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